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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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Newly Revealed Memo Revives Flap Over ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Disclosures

April 20, 2015 The four-year-old dispute over whether top Pentagon officials disclosed classified information to the makers of the Bin Laden raid movie “Zero Dark Thirty” took on a new wrinkle this month. The nonprofit Project on Government Oversight on April 16 unveiled a document suggesting greater White House involvement in influencing the ...

Bipartisan Team Launches Effort to Better Assess Whether Programs Work

April 20, 2015 As promised, a bipartisan and bicameral pair of congressional budget leaders on Thursday introduced their bill to create a commission to recommend ways to expand the use of data to weigh the effectiveness of programs and tax expenditures. Coming from House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate ...

House Uses Tax Day to Pass Restraints on IRS

April 16, 2015 As promised last month, the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday by voice vote passed seven bills aimed at reining in alleged politicization at the Internal Revenue Service. "We've said from day one that we're going to clean up the IRS, and these bills are a key part of that effort,” said ...

U.S. Hostages from 1979 Iranian Revolution May Finally Be Compensated

April 15, 2015 Years of litigating and recent weeks of lobbying appeared to have paid off on Tuesday when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a landmark bill addressing the pending Iran nuclear weapons deal that included a new sort of rescue for a famous set of U.S. hostages. Standing to benefit is ...

It Just Got Easier to Contest Inclusion on the No Fly List

April 15, 2015 As part of an ongoing review of passengers’ rights to challenge the federal No-Fly List, the Justice Department is giving up some secrecy in the fight against terrorism. In a filing Monday in District Court in Portland, Ore., acting Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Mizer established new procedures under which would-be ...

Program Duplication Report: Should Scientists Analyze Toy Guns?

April 14, 2015 In presenting 66 actions agencies or Congress could take to reduce program duplication and fragmentation, the Government Accountability Office on Tuesday placed most of the onus for achieving new efficiency on the legislative branch. “Where there has been good progress, it took congressional action to achieve savings, even though agencies ...

VA's Handling of Whistleblowers Continues to Irk Lawmakers

April 14, 2015 Quality of life for head and neck surgeon Dr. Christian Head has done little but deteriorate since last July when he gave testimony to a House panel on a “climate of fear and intimidation” of whistleblowers at the West Los Angeles veterans health care campus. “My leader has been reassigned ...

Air Force Removes General Who Accused Pilot Lobbyists of Treason

April 14, 2015 The two-star general who deployed the word “treason” in criticizing airmen who spoke to Congress about preserving the A-10 Warthog attack aircraft in favor of the F-35 has been removed from his position at the Air Combat Command, the Air Force announced. Maj. Gen. James Post, vice commander of the ...

Poll: Science Agencies 'Stonewalling' Reporters

April 13, 2015 The Obama administration, which has pledged both to embrace transparency and promote scientific integrity, continues to tightly control journalists’ access to federally employed scientists, a survey of reporters found. Nearly 59 percent of respondents “feel that the public is not getting all the information it needs because of the barriers ...

New Numbers Show Decline in IRS' Phone Service

April 10, 2015 Fresh numbers tracking call volume at beleaguered Internal Revenue Service help centers appear to confirm warnings from the tax agency’s leaders and its main employee union that budget cuts are making life miserable for callers as well as staffers as the April 15 filing deadline approaches. Internal IRS performance data ...