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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Pistole Offers Valedictory on Once-'Beleaguered' TSA

December 3, 2014 John Pistole, set to leave government this month after four-and-a-half-years as the longest-serving administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, on Wednesday summed up his agency’s accomplishments in balancing the twin missions of maximizing security while retaining goodwill from the traveling public. “In moving from a one-size-fits-all approach to a risk-based...

Is the Pentagon Wasting Billions on a Tracking System for Its Contractors?

December 2, 2014 As the Defense Department scurries to keep up with ISIS and other changing threats from overseas, its systems for tracking spending on a variety of contractor services has drawn criticism from independent auditors and accusations of illegality from a good-government advocacy nonprofit. The Project on Government Oversight on Nov. 25...

Defense Acquisition Reformers Propose Streamlining Authority, Empowering the Workforce

December 2, 2014 With new chairmen on deck at both the House and Senate Armed Services panels, the National Defense Industrial Association on Tuesday released detailed recommendations for streamlining the Pentagon’s weapons buying process to curb waste, upgrade the acquisition workforce and take better advantage of industry innovation. The report, titled “Pathway to...

Pentagon Blasted for Stalled Tracking of Services Contractors

December 1, 2014 As the Defense Department scurries to keep up with ISIS and other changing threats from overseas, its systems for tracking spending on a variety of contractor services has drawn criticism from independent auditors and accusations of illegality from a good-government advocacy nonprofit. The Project on Government Oversight on Nov. 25...

Pentagon May Be Forced to Release Aircraft Manufacturer's Contract Data

December 1, 2014 A little-known unit at the Defense Department may have to release data considered proprietary by a major contractor under a Nov. 23 district court ruling favoring a small business advocacy group. The Petaluma, Calif.-based American Small Business League on Wednesday announced its legal victory. A northern California district judge agreed...

Obama Signs Modernized Federal Records Act

December 1, 2014 President Obama the day before Thanksgiving signed a set of amendments to the 1950 Federal Records Act that modernize the definition of a federal record to include electronic documents. H.R. 1233 complements ongoing efforts by the National Archives and Records Administration and the Office of Management and Budget to implement...

IRS Faulted for Efforts to Curb Phony Tax Refunds to Prisoners

November 26, 2014 After six years of congressionally mandated effort, the Internal Revenue Service still lacks solid procedures for identifying tax refund fraud committed using prisoner Social Security numbers, a watchdog found. The number of such fraudulent returns flagged by the agency rose from 37,000 valued at $166 million in calendar year 2007...

Senior Execs Face Pressure to Boost Employee Engagement

November 26, 2014 As part of the president’s management agenda, senior executives beginning next year may see their performance reviews affected by their agency’s employee engagement scores in the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. According to a draft memo obtained and reported Tuesday by Federal News Radio, greater use of the survey scores...

Schumer: Government Management Failures Contributed to Democrats’ Midterm Losses

November 25, 2014 Agency snafus played a role in the Democrats’ Election Day drubbing by giving Republicans ammunition for portraying government as ineffective, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a formal speech Tuesday telecast from the National Press Club. The Democratic Policy Committee Chair laid out a strategy for his party to recapture...

Obama Administration Took Unusual Step in Releasing Justice Memo on Immigration

November 24, 2014 In the run-up to President Obama’s Nov. 20 announcement of his executive order on immigration, conservative voices such as The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page demanded that he test his policy’s rigor by showing he had consulted the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. That office—headed by Principal Deputy Assistant...

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