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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charles S. Clark joined Government Executive in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He has written or edited online news, daily news stories, long features, wire copy, magazines, books, and organizational media strategies.
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Pentagon Urged to Better Integrate Intel Needs in Weapons Acquisition

November 2, 2016 Modern U.S. weapons systems, from the F-22 stealth fighter to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, are increasingly designed with intelligence community requirements in mind. But the Defense Department has yet to iron out kinks in the communications chain during the complex acquisition process, a watchdog found. The Pentagon has “developed...

Army General Was Allowed To Accept Free Housing from Contractor

November 2, 2016 The Pentagon’s gift rules allowed an Army National Guard General to accept rent-free living space from a defense contractor because the contractor is a personal friend. That was the finding of the Defense Department Office of Inspector General in a case involving Brig. Gen. Michael Bobeck, who was terminated from...

White House Lays Out Digital Tools for Presidential Transition

November 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Touting President Obama’s status as “the first social media president,” the White House late Monday announced principles with which it plans to conduct the first digital presidential transition. In a blog post reviewing the administration’s eight-year digital accomplishments, Kori Schulman, special assistant to the president and deputy chief digital officer,...

White House Lays Out Digital Tools for Presidential Transition

November 1, 2016 Touting President Obama’s status as “the first social media president,” the White House late on Monday announced principles with which it plans to conduct the first digital presidential transition. In a blog post reviewing the administration’s eight-year digital accomplishments, Kori Schulman, special assistant to the president and deputy chief digital...

Building Roads in War-Torn Afghanistan Remains a Tough Slog

November 1, 2016 Having invested $2.8 billion since 2002 to build roads in mountainous, war-weary Afghanistan, U.S. agencies now confront a network that is underfunded, poorly maintained and threatening to government stability, a watchdog found. Without a new road improvement push, as much as $8.3 billion might be needed to replace the infrastructure...

Amid the Firestorm Over Comey Come Charges of Hatch Act Violations

October 31, 2016 Fallout from FBI Director James Comey’s dramatic move on Friday to alert Congress to possible new evidence in the Hillary Clinton email probe continued on Monday as the top law enforcement officer came under fire from Democratic lawmakers and numerous professional prosecutors. At issue is whether Comey’s missives to lawmakers...

Military Housing at Risk from Poor Utility Maintenance, Watchdog Finds

October 25, 2016 Faulty sprinkler systems, exposed wiring and unchecked household mold were among the deficiencies in military base housing around the world documented in a report released this month by Defense Department inspector general investigators. In the capstone report in a series of six over the past three years, auditors warned of...

Judge Temporarily Blocks Rule Aimed at Fair Treatment of Federal Contract Workers

October 25, 2016 In a victory for industry groups, a district court judge on Monday night issued a preliminary injunction freezing the Obama administration’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule that was to have taken effect on Tuesday. Responding to a suit brought by a chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors...

Now Available: 8,200 Reports Some in Congress Wanted to Stay Private

October 24, 2016 Reports from the Congressional Research Service, long a proprietary tool controlled by lawmakers, are considered valuable enough by some to have generated a movement of researchers and transparency groups to make them freely available. While legislation to make such a change has stalled, two unidentified lawmakers, one from each party,...

Pentagon 'Clawback' of Guard Recruiting Bonuses Draws Fire

October 24, 2016 California lawmakers are demanding cancellation of a Defense Department plan to “claw back” reenlistment bonuses given to California National Guard members at the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. As reported by the Los Angeles Times on Saturday, some 10,000 soldiers, many of them veterans of several tours of...