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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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The Odds of Getting Off GAO’s High-Risk List Aren’t Good

May 12, 2015 The dreaded list of high-risk programs published by the Government Accountability Office was characterized on Tuesday as “an opportunity for annual pillorying before Congress,” as “a full employment act for 60 Minutes producers,” and in several riffs on the Eagles’ hit song “Hotel California”—the one you can never leave. A ...

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A Top Spook Reunion, Of Sorts

May 12, 2015 It’s not every day that 10 former CIA directors and 10 former deputies get together. But when The New York Times recently saw fit to publish the names of three agency covert operatives, the old-boy network went into action. In a letter to the editor published Tuesday, they expressed displeasure ...

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VA Psychiatrist Wins Settlement After Complaints About Openness as Lesbian

May 12, 2015 This story has been updated. The Veterans Affairs Department has backed down from a stance that its mental health providers who are gay or lesbian should conceal that fact from patients. In a settlement announced Tuesday by the Office of Special Counsel, Dr. Patricia Kinne, a psychiatrist who was working ...

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Reformers Gear Up to Smooth the Next Presidential Transition

May 11, 2015 With presidential candidates already crowding the campaign trail, it can hardly be too early for good-government groups and lawmakers to prepare to work with the eventual nominees from both parties to help assure some continuity of management during the 2016 post-election transition. On Monday, the nonprofit National Academy of Public ...

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SBA Tops Off Small Business Week with Outreach to Women Contractors

May 11, 2015 With Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet inexplicably detained, her deputy-designate stepped up on Monday to tell an audience of women-owned small business contractors that they are “central to what the SBA and the Obama administration are trying to do” to promote a 21st century economy built on diversity and innovation. ...

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Transparency Groups Pressure Senators to Mark Defense Bill in Public

May 8, 2015 With the eyes of the national security community soon to train on the Senate Armed Services Committee, a coalition of 60 good-government groups is mobilizing a phone blitz for Monday to pressure senators to vote to hold a public markup of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The “Open ...

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The SEC's 'Home Court' Advantage

May 8, 2015 Lawyers talk of “venue shopping,” or filing cases in courts strategically selected as likely to be sympathetic to one’s client. But none can match options available to the Securities and Exchange Commission, where five administrative law judges and even the five commission members have power to rule on enforcement actions. ...

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Advocacy Group Accuses SBA of Misapplying Law on Small Business Set-Asides

May 8, 2015 As it celebrates National Small Business Week, the Small Business Administration is facing renewed accusations that its efforts to reserve work for small contractors have been distorted by accounting tricks and misapplication of the law that permits large companies to win the awards. Public Citizen, the nonprofit that pushes an ...

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Pentagon IG Lags in Clearing Whistleblower Reprisal Cases

May 7, 2015 The Defense Department’s inspector general office—which processes complaints from service members alleging mistreatment by superiors after they reported wrongdoing—is too slow to close cases and notify affected parties of results, the Government Accountability Office determined. “The absence of regular status updates, such as revised case-completion estimates when time frames shift, ...

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Puppet Shows, Bomb Sniffing Elephants Make Senate's Latest 'Wastebook'

May 7, 2015 From bomb-detecting potential of elephants to National Guard spending on professional sports, the colorful tales of bad-optics spending just keep on coming. The newest Senate “Wastebook” compiling questionable agency spending, from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is shorter than its predecessor, based on more official sources and more likely to draw ...