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Charles S. Clark

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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 Told to Improve Management of Cost-Plus Contracts

November 10, 2014 Pentagon contracting officers failed to follow a key interim Federal Acquisition Regulation rule on managing cost-reimbursement contracts, risking overspending on 411 contracts worth $31.7 billion, an audit found. The Defense Department inspector general’s office visited dozens of sights to review 604 contracts valued at about $82.7 billion collectively, and determined ...

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Sen. Johnson Speaks on Aligning Public-Private Sector Pay, Keeping Hearings Polite

November 10, 2014 The presumptive incoming chairman of the Senate’s main government oversight panel plans a “businessman’s approach” to policy and management that includes streamlining the Homeland Security Department, aligning federal pay with the private sector and new coordination with House Republicans in rolling back burdensome regulations. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., in an ...

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Homeland Security Fusion Center Grant Money Not Always Tracked, GAO Finds

November 7, 2014 At a time when domestic terrorism, natural disasters and general crime require a coordinated multi-agency response, the regional fusion centers established under the Homeland Security Department continue bumping into obstacles to accurately tracking grant money awarded to diverse organizations nationwide, a watchdog found. Though the department’s Federal Emergency Management Agency ...

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Contractors Should Expect Good Things from a GOP Congress

November 7, 2014 The new Republican-controlled Congress will be philosophically more “pro-contracting,” Tom Davis, a former Virginia GOP congressman, told contractors gathered for post-election analysis on Friday. “Republicans are more market-oriented and are less concerned with pleasing the unions and redistributing the federal largesse in such efforts as Buy America,” the retired House ...

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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 ...