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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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Is BBG Missing Opportunities With Its Coverage of the Ukraine Crisis?

April 18, 2014 As the diplo-military face-off in the Ukraine ebbs and flows, debate is swirling over whether the U.S. government-sponsored Ukrainian and Russian-language newscasts are reaching enough people fast enough. The Broadcasting Board of Governors at its April 11 meeting in Washington convened a panel of employees who’ve shown success working the ...

Conservative Legal Group Unearths New IRS Lois Lerner Emails

April 17, 2014 Another batch of previously unreleased Internal Revenue Service emails is being showcased by a conservative legal nonprofit as evidence of politicized coordination between the tax agency, the Federal Election Commission and the Justice Department. Judicial Watch on Wednesday released documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request filed in ...

E-Filing Enables IRS to Issue Refunds Faster Despite Shutdown, Smaller Staff

April 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internal Revenue Service, operating with fewer employees and a filing season postponed by last October’s government shutdown, managed to beat last year’s performance measure of the number of tax refunds issued, auditors reported on Wednesday. The processing of 55,434,000 refunds worth more than $164 billion represents a 3.7 percent ...

It's Hard to Know How Much Agencies Are Spending on Environmental Impact Analyses

April 16, 2014 The 1969 National Environmental Policy Act, which introduced the country to the “environmental impact statement,” has been enforced by multiple agencies with little data on the costs of analyzing its effects, according to a roundup by the Government Accountability Office. “Agencies do not routinely track the cost of completing NEPA ...

It's Getting Easier to Find Records of Meetings Between Feds and Lobbyists

April 16, 2014 Close observers of the White House have noted a change in disclosure practices since Howard Shelanski took over as top White House regulatory chief: the online database of meetings officials take with lobbyists, trade associations and public interest advocates has been streamlined. Earlier this month, the Office of Information and ...

Advocacy Group Wants Obama to Issue Even More Executive Orders

April 15, 2014 President Obama, whom conservative commentators regularly blast as “our lawless president,” could actually go far beyond his current reliance on executive orders to unilaterally push policies that have never made it through Congress, says a legal nonprofit. The nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law ...

Obama Management Chief Sees Opportunity to Build on Contracting Successes

April 15, 2014 Asked what struck her most during her first six months in government, the coordinator of President Obama’s second-term management agenda said, “Every day, people inside government agencies and the contractor community are making real progress recruiting talent, buying smarter and making use of existing flexibility in the Federal Acquisition Regulation.” ...

Border Corruption Is Costing the Afghan Government Millions

April 15, 2014 The ongoing U.S. effort to leave war-torn Afghanistan self-sufficient depends in part on the Kabul government’s ability to collect customs revenue, a dual federal agency project that could benefit from clear performance metrics, auditors found. Contracts let by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Homeland Security Department’s Customs ...

Effort to Help Afghanistan Collect Customs Revenue Found Lacking

April 15, 2014 The ongoing U.S. effort to leave war-torn Afghanistan self-sufficient depends in part on the Kabul government’s ability to collect customs revenue, a dual federal agency project that could benefit from clear performance metrics, auditors found. Contracts let by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Homeland Security Department’s Customs ...

Transparency Group Wants to Know If HUD’s Promotion of Obamacare Was Illegal

April 14, 2014 A conservative-leaning investigative group on Monday called upon two inspectors general to probe whether the Housing and Urban Development Department broke the law by coordinating with the Health and Human Services Department to promote the Affordable Care Act. Cause of Action, a nonprofit devoted to transparency and limiting government’s reach, ...