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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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Pentagon Financing Body Neglecting Key Improvements, Watchdog Finds

June 24, 2014 As it races an internal September deadline for achieving a clean budget statement, the Defense Department’s Finance and Accounting Service is being criticized by congressional auditors for failing to implement formal guidance designed to help the entire department achieve audit readiness. In disbursing $200 billion in annual contract payments, the...

What DHS is Doing About the Flood of Kids Crossing the Southwest Border

June 24, 2014 The Homeland Security Department on Tuesday spelled out a 14-prong plan for confronting the sudden influx of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America into Southwestern states, a refugee challenge that a House committee chairman blamed on Obama administration short-sightedness in its immigration policies. “This is a crisis that has...

Does the Consumer Protection Agency's Headquarters Need a $139M Upgrade?

June 24, 2014 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, whose creation in 2010 continues to rankle many Republicans, came under fire this month in both the House and Senate for a building renovation it has undertaken with the General Services Administration. Most CFPB employees are currently in temporary offices at 1 Constitution Square Northeast...

Special Counsel Faults VA’s Reports on Quality of Patient Care

June 23, 2014 Vindicating the claims of veterans medical center whistleblowers, the Office of Special Counsel on Monday reported to the White House and Congress that the Veterans Affairs Department “often admits to serious deficiencies in patient care, while implausibly denying any impact on veterans’ health.” The letter from Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner...

Is the IRS Chief a Quitter?

June 23, 2014 Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen this week continues his slog through a series of hostile congressional hearings centering on the tax agency’s recent confirmation that some long-sought scandal-related emails from former Exempt Organizations official Lois Lerner went missing. During Friday’s Ways and Means Committee session, the IRS’ explanations drew scoffs...

High Court Rules Public Workers Can Testify

June 20, 2014 The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that government workers who speak out on issues beyond their own disciplines are protected against employer retaliation, a decision that encouraged advocates for federal whistleblowers. The case -- Lane v. Franks -- involved Edward Lane, a youth program director at a community college in...

New HHS Secretary Reshuffles Obamacare Management

June 20, 2014 In preparation for this fall’s Affordable Care Act enrollment period, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Friday announced a new management structure drawing on recommendations following last year’s messy rollout of Healthcare.gov. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will gain a new operations-focused principal deputy administrator for...

Treasury Advised to Improve Consolidated Financial Statement

June 20, 2014 The government’s annual consolidated financial statement prepared by the Treasury Department lacks adequate internal controls and documentation on the conclusions of managers about the nation’s fiscal health, auditors found. The Government Accountability Office in a report to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and acting White House budget director Brian Deese said...

Chemical Safety Board Chairman Asked to Resign Over 'Toxic' Work Environment

June 19, 2014 The chairman of the Chemical Safety Board hit a buzz saw of criticism on Thursday at a House hearing that brought multiple calls for his resignation, with sparks flying over an allegedly dysfunctional investigative agency accused of retaliating against whistleblowers and stifling inspectors general seeking evidence. Rafael Moure-Eraso, chairman of...

What Tests Today’s Contractors: 5 Charts Illustrating the Acquisition Landscape

June 19, 2014 With federal contract spending near its lowest levels in a decade, agencies are upping their solicitations and award-hungry companies are increasing their bid protests. Chief factors in the spending reductions are the drawdowns of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (the Pentagon being by far the largest contracting agency) and...