Government Executive - Authors - Charles S. Clarkhttp://www.govexec.comCharlie Clark joined <i>Government Executive</i> in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at <i>The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal</i>, Time-Life Books, <i>Tax Analysts</i>, 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.en-usThu, 17 Apr 2014 17:27:49 -0400Conservative Legal Group Unearths New IRS Lois Lerner Emailshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/conservative-legal-group-unearths-new-irs-lois-lerner-emails/82774/House Republicans say her contact with Justice Department shows politicization.Charles S. ClarkThu, 17 Apr 2014 17:27:49 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/conservative-legal-group-unearths-new-irs-lois-lerner-emails/82774/OversightThe group says the documents show that Lois Lerner inquired at Justice as to “whether it was possible to criminally prosecute certain tax-exempt entities.”J. Scott Applewhite/AP file photoIt's Hard to Know How Much Agencies Are Spending on Environmental Impact Analyseshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/its-hard-know-how-much-agencies-are-spending-environmental-impact-analyses/82657/GAO notes differences in efforts to weigh costs and benefits of requirements under a 1969 law.Charles S. ClarkWed, 16 Apr 2014 15:43:39 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/its-hard-know-how-much-agencies-are-spending-environmental-impact-analyses/82657/ManagementThe report on a law that has long been resisted by the business community was requested by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., (pictured) and Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass.Don Ryan/AP file photoIt's Getting Easier to Find Records of Meetings Between Feds and Lobbyists http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/04/its-getting-easier-find-records-meetings-between-feds-and-lobbyists/82636/Transparency group praises reformatted database.Charles S. ClarkWed, 16 Apr 2014 12:26:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/04/its-getting-easier-find-records-meetings-between-feds-and-lobbyists/82636/TechnologyPeshkova/Shutterstock.comAdvocacy Group Wants Obama to Issue Even More Executive Ordershttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/advocacy-group-wants-obama-issue-even-more-executive-orders/82591/The president should use his authority to bypass the gridlocked Congress on 15 additional issues, group suggests.Charles S. ClarkTue, 15 Apr 2014 17:20:15 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/advocacy-group-wants-obama-issue-even-more-executive-orders/82591/ManagementCarolyn Kaster/APObama Management Chief Sees Opportunity to Build on Contracting Successes http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/04/obama-management-chief-sees-opportunity-build-contracting-and-recruiting-successes/82579/Beth Cobert tells contractors they are patriotic partners with federal employees.Charles S. ClarkTue, 15 Apr 2014 16:19:29 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/04/obama-management-chief-sees-opportunity-build-contracting-and-recruiting-successes/82579/ContractingOMB Deputy Director for Management Beth CobertCSPANEffort to Help Afghanistan Collect Customs Revenue Found Lacking http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/effort-help-afghanistan-collect-customs-revenue-found-lacking/82525/Watchdog says USAID and CBP contracts need performance metrics.Charles S. ClarkTue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/effort-help-afghanistan-collect-customs-revenue-found-lacking/82525/ManagementArmored vehicles patrol a customs check point in Khowst province in 2009.Dima Gavrysh/AP file photoTransparency Group Wants to Know If HUD’s Promotion of Obamacare Was Illegalhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/transparency-group-wants-know-if-huds-promotion-obamacare-was-illegal/82507/Cause of Action tells IGs department may have broken the law by working on a project outside its appropriations.Charles S. ClarkMon, 14 Apr 2014 16:23:52 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/transparency-group-wants-know-if-huds-promotion-obamacare-was-illegal/82507/OversightJon Elswick/APSenator: Even Small Agencies Need Watchdogshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/senator-even-small-agencies-need-watchdogs/82405/More than $1 billion in yearly budget authority has “no oversight,” says Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.Charles S. ClarkFri, 11 Apr 2014 15:50:27 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/senator-even-small-agencies-need-watchdogs/82405/Management. “I don’t know how you can be independent… if you owe your job to the head of the agency,” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APIGs: Intel Sharing Largely Up to Par in Run-Up to Boston Bombinghttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/igs-intel-sharing-largely-par-run-boston-bombing/82402/Report cites missed opportunity in suspect’s trip to Russia.Charles S. ClarkFri, 11 Apr 2014 14:53:59 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/igs-intel-sharing-largely-par-run-boston-bombing/82402/ManagementMedical workers aid injured people near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following two bomb explosions in 2013.Charles Krupa/AP File PhotoHouse Panel Holds Ex-IRS Official in Contempthttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/house-panel-holds-ex-irs-official-contempt/82309/Oversight panel divides over whether Lerner waived Fifth Amendment rights.Charles S. ClarkThu, 10 Apr 2014 15:12:44 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/house-panel-holds-ex-irs-official-contempt/82309/OversightFormer IRS official Lois LernerLauren Victoria Burke/APCould Social Media Help Catch Abuse of Disability Benefits?http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/04/could-social-media-help-catch-abuse-disability-benefits/82243/IG calls for pilot program to help uncover Social Security fraud.Charles S. ClarkWed, 09 Apr 2014 17:05:57 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/04/could-social-media-help-catch-abuse-disability-benefits/82243/Technology Twin Design/Shutterstock.comPro-Obama Chant Lands IRS Customer Service Employee in Hot Waterhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/pro-obama-chant-lands-irs-customer-service-employee-hot-water/82198/Hatch Act enforcers also target two other IRS employees, and favoritism in hiring at Homeland Security.Charles S. ClarkWed, 09 Apr 2014 13:33:25 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/pro-obama-chant-lands-irs-customer-service-employee-hot-water/82198/ManagementBob Leverone/AP File PhotoThe New Poster Children for Duplication in Federal Programshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/new-poster-children-duplication-federal-programs/82138/Watchdog releases a fresh list of redundant or overlapping programs.Charles S. ClarkTue, 08 Apr 2014 16:58:06 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/new-poster-children-duplication-federal-programs/82138/ManagementShutterstock.comA Symbolic Victory for Open Office Setupshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/04/symbolic-victory-open-office-setups/82117/New York's new mayor is keeping Bloomberg's famous bullpen arrangement.Charles S. ClarkTue, 08 Apr 2014 15:36:54 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/04/symbolic-victory-open-office-setups/82117/News - FedblogNew York Mayor BIll de BlasioJohn Minchillo/APGSA Sets Stage to Sell Federal Triangle Propertieshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/gsa-sets-stage-sell-federal-triangle-properties/82093/Swap of land for services is part of larger plan to reduce federal footprint.Charles S. ClarkTue, 08 Apr 2014 12:20:32 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/gsa-sets-stage-sell-federal-triangle-properties/82093/ManagementThe currently vacant Cotton Annex in Southwest WashingtonFlickr user mr_t_in_dcHouse Partisans Keep Going Back and Forth on IRS Targeting of Nonprofitshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/house-partisans-keep-going-back-and-forth-irs-targeting-nonprofits/82036/New Issa report says progressives were not treated as badly as conservatives.Charles S. ClarkMon, 07 Apr 2014 16:17:38 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/house-partisans-keep-going-back-and-forth-irs-targeting-nonprofits/82036/Oversight“[T]here is simply no evidence that any liberal or progressive group received enhanced scrutiny because its application reflected the organization’s political views,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., wrote.Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.comGSA Watchdog Who Broke Vegas Scandal to Retirehttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/gsa-watchdog-who-broke-vegas-scandal-retire/82027/Brian Miller’s office recovered $1 billion for government over nine years.Charles S. ClarkMon, 07 Apr 2014 15:08:35 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/gsa-watchdog-who-broke-vegas-scandal-retire/82027/ManagementGeneral Services Administration Would Releasing Agency Charge Card Records Aid Criminals? http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/would-releasing-agency-charge-card-records-aid-criminals/82018/OMB reportedly denies FOIA request on that basis.Charles S. ClarkMon, 07 Apr 2014 13:57:54 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/would-releasing-agency-charge-card-records-aid-criminals/82018/ManagementGarry L./Shutterstock.comCBO Explains Why It Can’t Analyze the Ryan Budget the Way Republicans Wanthttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/cbo-explains-why-it-cant-analyze-ryan-budget-way-republicans-want/82012/Agency lacks the staff and tools to comply with request.Charles S. ClarkMon, 07 Apr 2014 13:24:31 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/cbo-explains-why-it-cant-analyze-ryan-budget-way-republicans-want/82012/ManagementHouse Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Susan Walsh/APCompetency Assessments of Would-Be Ambassadors Will Now be Public http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/competency-assessments-would-be-ambassadors-will-now-be-public/81946/State Department will post copies right after the White House submits the nomination.Charles S. ClarkFri, 04 Apr 2014 15:37:07 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/04/competency-assessments-would-be-ambassadors-will-now-be-public/81946/ManagementJ. Scott Applewhite/APOn April 10 a House Committee Will Decide If Ex-IRS Official Flouted Congresshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/april-10-house-committee-will-decide-if-ex-irs-official-flouted-congress/81934/House Oversight chairman proceeds with contempt of Congress vote over Democratic objections.Charles S. ClarkFri, 04 Apr 2014 14:25:53 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/april-10-house-committee-will-decide-if-ex-irs-official-flouted-congress/81934/OversightIRS official Lois LernerCarolyn Kaster/APConsumer Protection Chief: Efforts to Reach (the Many) People Who Don’t Read the Federal Register Are Workinghttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/04/consumer-protection-chief-efforts-reach-many-people-who-dont-read-federal-register-are-working/81925/Cordray tells bar association experiment in online public comment will expand.Charles S. ClarkFri, 04 Apr 2014 13:20:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/04/consumer-protection-chief-efforts-reach-many-people-who-dont-read-federal-register-are-working/81925/TechnologyConsumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray Jacquelyn Martin/APUSAID Calls Accusations of Afghanistan Cover-Up 'Offensive'http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/04/usaid-calls-accusations-afghanistan-cover-offensive/81895/Inspector general and House members attack 'generalities' on spending and waste.Charles S. ClarkThu, 03 Apr 2014 17:03:46 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/04/usaid-calls-accusations-afghanistan-cover-offensive/81895/Defensefghan women in burqas arrive to take part in a election campaign rally of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadza in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, Friday, March 28, 2014.Allauddin Khan/APFEC Member Says it Aloud: We’re Dysfunctionalhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/04/fec-member-says-it-aloud-were-dysfunctional/81886/Vice chairwoman says the commission is failing to enforce the nation's campaign finance laws.Charles S. ClarkThu, 03 Apr 2014 16:59:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/04/fec-member-says-it-aloud-were-dysfunctional/81886/News - FedblogThe FEC “is failing to enforce the nation’s campaign finance laws," Ann Ravel wrote.Rich Pedroncelli/AP file photoCivil Service Reform Might Not Be a Pipe Dreamhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/civil-service-reform-might-not-be-pipe-dream/81763/Political climate is favorable for acting on proposed changes, observers say.Charles S. ClarkWed, 02 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/civil-service-reform-might-not-be-pipe-dream/81763/Oversight“This is a difficult time in Congress to do anything, but this is changing and we have an opportunity,” said Ted Kaufman, D-Del.Susan Walsh/AP file photo