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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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Justice Dept. Immigration Officials Faulted for Nepotism

November 6, 2014 Two immigration administrators and a judge at the Justice Department contributed to improper hiring practices by pressing subordinates to give their relatives paid positions and internships, according to an inspector general report released Thursday. A violation of the federal ban on nepotism was confirmed following a probe of the hiring ...

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Air Force Ethics Officials Abused Frequent Flyer Upgrades

November 6, 2014 The former Air Force general counsel and his then deputy violated government gift regulations using an arrangement in which the subordinate routinely transferred to his boss his eligibility for airline flight seat upgrades, according to a pair of reports released Wednesday by the Defense Department inspector general. Charles Blanchard, who ...

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GSA Credits Recovery Act for Energy-Efficient Buildings

November 6, 2014 The much-debated 2009 economic stimulus funding for “green investment” in federal properties has resulted in notable reductions in energy consumption and costs, the General Services Administration announced on Wednesday. Case studies of 59 properties in states hardest hit by cold temperatures last winter showed an average drop in energy use ...

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Is a More Powerful Consumer Bureau Watchdog Worth the Price?

November 5, 2014 With their strengthened majorities in the next Congress, Republicans are likely to continue their attacks on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which they blast as burdensome to business and too independent of oversight. On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office released a score of a bill by Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio—who ...

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Pentagon’s Buying Managers Resist IG’s Call for Central Oversight Office

November 5, 2014 The Defense Department’s acquisition operation would perform better with a central oversight office to improve organizational feedback on supply chain performance trends, the Pentagon inspector general said in a report released Monday. The Office of the Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics “has not established an overarching quality management ...

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John Lennon and GAO’s High Risk List

November 4, 2014 Few agencies enjoy being perennials on the Government Accountability Office’s high-risk list of programs with deep program management issues. But perhaps some will take comfort in the words spoken on Tuesday by Tim DiNapoli, GAO’s director of acquisition and sourcing management, at a panel discussion on best practices for agencies ...

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Procurement Chief Vows to Simplify Federal Contracting

November 4, 2014 If one word could describe the state of federal contracting, that word would be “complex,” Anne Rung, in her third month as administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, told a contractors gathering on Tuesday. “For vendors, it’s difficult to navigate and find opportunities when the proposals are long ...

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GOP Victory Would Place Conservative Businessman in Charge of Senate Oversight Panel

November 3, 2014 Should Republicans win control of the Senate for the next Congress, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee would be in for massive membership changes and would have a conservative businessman at its helm. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., a harsh critic of federal regulation who is currently third in ...

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Effort to Root Out Duplicative Federal Programs Hits a Roadblock

November 3, 2014 One of the Holy Grails of performance-based government has been assembling a reliable list of all federal programs to help Congress spot duplication and overlap. But that longtime quest is being thwarted because of inconsistencies in how agencies define programs, making it impossible to compare information, according to a Government ...

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Watchdog: Congress Should Help HUD Improve List of Buildings for Homeless

October 31, 2014 The Housing and Urban Development Department, which is under twin pressures to identify federal properties that might serve the homeless as well as sell off underutilized government property, is producing inventories that lack precision, the Government Accountability Office found. HUD’s Federal Register descriptions of properties around the country that might ...