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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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Homeland Security Watchdog to Probe TSA Racial Profiling

May 9, 2016 The inspector general for the Homeland Security Department has opened an investigation of alleged racial profiling of Somalis at the Transportation Security Administration. The watchdog on Thursday announced that a TSA employee had complained via a hotline that “his supervisor advised him to treat members of the Somali community differently...

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New Approach to Presidential Transition Officially Under Way

May 9, 2016 This story has been updated. Just ahead of the deadline six months before Election Day, President Obama on Friday signed an executive order establishing the framework for the coming presidential transition. The order is Obama’s first implementing the 2016 Edward “Ted” Kaufman and Michael Leavitt Presidential Transitions Improvements Act, signed...

The Pentagon's Intel Chief Already Has Some Advice for the Next US President

May 9, 2016 With Congress revisiting how Pentagon units share authority under the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act, the intelligence agencies under the next presidential administration should likewise review their own unity of effort to become more agile and able to integrate, the top Defense intelligence official said Thursday. “The integration of intelligence of the...

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Pentagon Intel Chief Seeks Same Unity of Effort as Military Services

May 6, 2016 With Congress revisiting how Pentagon units share authority under the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act, the intelligence agencies under the next presidential administration should likewise review their own unity of effort to become more agile and able to integrate, the top Defense intelligence official said Thursday. “The integration of intelligence of the...

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VA Therapist’s Whistleblower Complaint Resolved Through Mediation

May 6, 2016 An addiction therapist at a Phoenix VA hospital has settled with the Veterans Affairs Department to resolve a whistleblower retaliation case through mediation, the Office of Special Counsel announced on Friday. Brandon Coleman had disclosed that the hospital was not complying with VA policy requirements on suicide watch for vulnerable...

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Group Sues SBA, Says Government ‘Defrauded Small Businesses’

May 5, 2016 Just a week after the Small Business Administration celebrated record-breaking contract awards to small business owners eligible for government set-asides, a longtime critic filed suit in federal court for an injunction to force SBA to halt some of the practices used in measuring its success. The Petaluma, Calif.-based American Small...

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Inspectors General Win a Round in Fight Over Access

May 5, 2016 A key agenda item for the government’s 72 inspectors general has long been widening their access to sensitive documents that some agencies withhold, for reasons ranging from national security to wiretapping records to the privacy of credit reports. In the past week, the watchdogs got encouraging news from a previously...

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Key Senator Asks GAO to Look Into Office of Special Counsel

May 5, 2016 On the same day his Senate panel voted to approve President Obama’s nominee for a second term leading the Office of Special Counsel, a key Senate committee chairman wrote to the Government Accountability Office requesting an in-depth examination of that office’s procedures and oversight mechanisms. The re-nomination of Special Counsel...

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Pentagon Close, But No Cigar, on Curbing Improper Payments

May 4, 2016 The Defense Department has made significant progress toward compliance with two laws’ requirements for reducing improper payments, but fell short in one category and cast doubt on the reliability of its financial data, a watchdog found. The department inspector general’s report on a fiscal 2015 audit by the controller and...

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Whistleblowers Praised for Exposing Alleged Pentagon Contractor Fraud

May 4, 2016 Two firms contracting with the Pentagon’s massive Defense Transportation Coordination Initiative agreed to pay the government $13 million to settle allegations of overbilling exposed by two whistleblowers, the Justice Department and private attorneys announced Tuesday. The California-based companies Menlo Worldwide Services and Estes Forwarding Worldwide agreed to resolve a lawsuit...