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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charlie 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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Amid Ebola Scare, CDC Falls in Public’s Esteem

October 20, 2014 The Ebola crisis has taken its toll on the reputation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a CBS News poll conducted Oct. 15-16. Only 37 percent of respondents said the public health agency is doing an excellent or good job. A year ago, 60 percent of...

Laptops, Confidential Documents Left Sitting Out in GSA’s New Open Office

October 17, 2014 The agency leading the governmentwide charge toward economical open-office layouts has failed to follow procedures for securing sensitive and confidential documents and property, the General Services Administration’s inspector general found. A report released Thursday based on unannounced after-hours inspections of GSA’s cutting-edge, renovated headquarters at F Street Northwest in Washington...

Agency Officials Oppose Flight Bans from Ebola Hot Zones

October 16, 2014 Federal Public health executives on Thursday faced off against lawmakers angry over their fitful response to the Ebola crisis by announcing new countermeasures and by disagreeing with proposals by House Republicans for an immediate travel ban on flights from three West African countries where the virus is raging. Energy and...

Federal Health Officials Face Questions from All Sides on Capitol Hill

October 16, 2014 The big guns of federal health agencies will appear Thursday at a noon hearing on the Ebola crisis for what is likely to be a political showdown over gaps in the U.S. response. “Ebola has been on the world's radar screen since March and yet the United States and the...

Government Failures Illustrate the Need for Risk Management

October 15, 2014 The government’s recent high-profile failures—the glitchy launch of HealthCare.gov, alleged targeting of interest groups by the Internal Revenue Service, the patient scheduling scandal at veterans hospitals—“show the need for a broader enterprise risk management program,” the U.S. Controller said on Wednesday. David Mader told an audience of government accountants that...

Controversial VA Procurement Executive Resigns Before She Can Be Fired

October 15, 2014 The Veterans Health Administration procurement chief recently accused of improperly favoring a private contractor notified the Veterans Affairs Department on Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately. Susan Taylor’s move comes amid pressure on the VA from lawmakers to accelerate the termination process for executives found to have engaged in...

Join a Gym or Get Your Hair Done, Sometimes on Uncle Sam’s Plastic

October 14, 2014 Given the thousands of agency employees who carry purchasing or travel cards, some misuse would seem inevitable. The most egregious case cited by Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., at a Tuesday hearing involved some $31,000 spent by Coast Guard employees in fiscal 2013 at a Starbucks in Alameda, Calif. That was...

Competitor to Troubled Background Check Contractor Retains Hope on Bid Protest

October 14, 2014 More troubles could be looming for the Falls Church, Va.-based contractor USIS, one of its competitors noted Monday. The Government Accountability Office must decide by Oct. 20 whether to accept the bid protest filed by FCi Federal and cancel the $190 million Homeland Security Department contract awarded to USIS in...

A Double Dose of Luck for the Park Service

October 14, 2014 National Park Service staff at Arlington House in Virginia are celebrating their good fortune of late, having received not one but two significant gifts from private donors. On Oct. 9, park rangers at the onetime home of the Custis and Lee families overlooking Arlington Cemetery unveiled for reporters a striking...

Could Obama's Push for Evidence-Based Program Evaluations Cross Party Lines?

October 8, 2014 The Obama administration is reporting progress on its ongoing effort to prod agencies to increase their use of data analytics in making “evidence-based” evaluations of programs—even to the point of attracting interest from Republicans in the highly polarized Congress. Kathy Stack, adviser for evidence-based innovation at the Office of Management...

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