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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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Budget-Crunched IRS Revamps Exempt Organizations Division

December 18, 2014 “The IRS is guilty of targeting innocent Americans... So I targeted them.” So proclaimed Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., in explaining his authorship of the amendment Congress just passed to cut $353 million in the Internal Revenue Service’s budget. President Obama signed the fiscal 2015 omnibus spending bill containing the decrease ...

The Ambassadorial Confirmation Scorecard

December 18, 2014 The Senate’s last-minute flurry of ambassadorial confirmations was no doubt better than gridlock for the American Foreign Service Association. That union has long complained of extended vacancies in key overseas posts due to Senate internal politics, and earlier this year took a rare position criticizing the Obama administration for nominating ...

Nearly $1 Billion Spent To Elevate Afghan Women May Have Been Squandered

December 18, 2014 Improving the status of women has been a central challenge in Afghanistan since the 2001 overthrow of the Taliban. But current American efforts to boost access to jobs, health care, education and child care suffer from poor tracking of funds and an inability of U.S. agencies to connect their programs ...

It's Hard to Tell Whether U.S. Spending to Elevate Women in Afghanistan Is Working

December 18, 2014 Improving the status of women has been a central challenge in Afghanistan since the 2001 overthrow of the Taliban. But current American efforts to boost access to jobs, health care, education and child care suffer from poor tracking of funds and an inability of U.S. agencies to connect their programs ...

GPO Rebrands Itself for the Digital Era

December 17, 2014 The 154-year-old Government Printing Office has gone the way of linotype, at least in name. Included in the massive governmentwide spending bill signed by President Obama Tuesday night is a provision to change the name of the agency to the Government Publishing Office. It’s a concession to the digital era ...

Ex-Homeland Security Investigator Draws 3 Years in Prison for Falsifying Records

December 17, 2014 The onetime head of the Homeland Security Department inspector general’s team in Texas was sentenced to 37 months in prison on Monday for conspiring with other special agents to falsify records and hinder his office’s criminal probes, the Justice Department announced. Former DHS IG Special-Agent-in-Charge Eugenio Pedraza, 50, of McAllen, ...

Crocker: Training Rebels in Syria Is Moving Too Slow 'To Make a Difference'

December 16, 2014 Ryan Crocker, the retired U.S. diplomatic pointman with experience across the Near East, said the United States must continue engaging in crises-racked nations, even though “we lack strategic patience” and try too hard to transplant American ideas where they don’t take. Speaking Tuesday at the Stimson Center, the former ambassador ...

Crocker: U.S. Wingtips and Pumps, Not Boots, Might Have Helped Syria

December 16, 2014 Ryan Crocker, the retired U.S. diplomatic pointman with experience across the Near East, said the United States must continue engaging in crises-racked nations, even though “we lack strategic patience” and try too hard to transplant American ideas where they don’t take. Speaking Tuesday at the Stimson Center, the former ambassador ...

Embattled CBO Director Defends Calculation of Economic Uncertainties

December 16, 2014 Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf, whose term expires in January, put out a blog post on Monday seeking to clarify how his agency handles the inherent uncertainty of budget estimates and the economic impact of legislation. The piece comes as numerous conservative think tanks and free-market advocates are pressing ...

Defense Bill Extends Disputed Small Business Program

December 15, 2014 The massive fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill that cleared Congress on Friday renews for three years an obscure small business program that some industry advocates and the Pentagon itself had argued should be terminated. Known as the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program, it was set up in 1990 to “determine ...