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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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IRS Faulted for Efforts to Curb Phony Tax Refunds to Prisoners

November 26, 2014 After six years of congressionally mandated effort, the Internal Revenue Service still lacks solid procedures for identifying tax refund fraud committed using prisoner Social Security numbers, a watchdog found. The number of such fraudulent returns flagged by the agency rose from 37,000 valued at $166 million in calendar year 2007 ...

Senior Execs Face Pressure to Boost Employee Engagement

November 26, 2014 As part of the president’s management agenda, senior executives beginning next year may see their performance reviews affected by their agency’s employee engagement scores in the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. According to a draft memo obtained and reported Tuesday by Federal News Radio, greater use of the survey scores ...

Schumer: Government Management Failures Contributed to Democrats’ Midterm Losses

November 25, 2014 Agency snafus played a role in the Democrats’ Election Day drubbing by giving Republicans ammunition for portraying government as ineffective, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a formal speech Tuesday telecast from the National Press Club. The Democratic Policy Committee Chair laid out a strategy for his party to recapture ...

Obama Administration Took Unusual Step in Releasing Justice Memo on Immigration

November 24, 2014 In the run-up to President Obama’s Nov. 20 announcement of his executive order on immigration, conservative voices such as The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page demanded that he test his policy’s rigor by showing he had consulted the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. That office—headed by Principal Deputy Assistant ...

New Lois Lerner Emails May Be Retrieved

November 24, 2014 Lawmakers still pursuing evidence of political bias at the Internal Revenue Service learned on Friday that the inspector general may have retrieved as many as 30,000 missing emails sent or received by Lois Lerner, the since-retired head of the IRS Exempt Organizations division at the center of the 18-month-old controversy ...

Writing the Book on Moneyball Government

November 21, 2014 From the moment the movie version of Michael Lewis’ book Moneyball opened three years ago, folks have pushed to adapt its themes of data-driven decision-making to the federal space. Now these ideas have been collected in a new book written by a conspicuously bipartisan roster of Washington insiders. Titled Moneyball ...

Pressure Builds for Crackdown on Paying Employees Not to Work

November 21, 2014 As lawmakers intensify their focus on the cost of the government’s administrative leave policies, the Environmental Protection Agency’s watchdog released a report Thursday detailing eight employees whose paid absence for four months or longer cost the agency more than $1 million. Building on an October Government Accountability Office report that ...

GSA Buildings Chief a 'Convert' to Open-Office Setups

November 20, 2014 After eight months at the General Services Administration as public buildings commissioner, Norman Dong now admits to trepidation he initially felt at the prospect of losing the private office he enjoyed when he was acting controller at the Office of Management and Budget. But in an interview with reporters Thursday, ...

OMB to Alter Guidance for Reducing Improper Payments

November 19, 2014 Inspectors general are the “best friends” of program managers and the White House budget office when it comes to catching fraud and reducing agency improper payments, the deputy U.S. controller said on Wednesday. Mark Reger, now in his third month as the No. 2 at the Office of Federal Financial ...

Patent Office Telework Abuses Raise Fear of Wider Crackdown

November 18, 2014 A House hearing Tuesday examining time-and-attendance abuses at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office highlighted ongoing disagreement about the scope of the problem and the implications for telework governmentwide. Agency witnesses insisted they had gotten a handle on widely reported issues, including misrepresentation of hours and rushed work by patent ...