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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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Senate Panel Easily Approves Nominee to Head GSA

July 29, 2015 This story has been updated. President Obama’s nominee to lead the General Services Administration drew a step closer to confirmation on Wednesday with a unanimous vote of approval from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Reform Committee. Denise Turner Roth, who has been acting chief since the February departure of...

State Department Plan for Training Center Draws Senatorial Flak

July 28, 2015 A White House-approved State Department plan to build a new diplomatic security training center in central Virginia has run into a budgetary buzz saw, one wielded by lawmakers who see it as too expensive compared with a competing proposal to use existing Homeland Security Department facilities. During a Tuesday hearing...

Bipartisan Evidence-Based Policy Bill Passes House

July 28, 2015 The House on Monday approved a bipartisan plan for a commission to expand use of agency data to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and tax expenditures. The Evidence-Based Policy Commission Act, introduced in April by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., would establish a 15-member commission of...

House Oversight Republicans Call for IRS Chief’s Head

July 27, 2015 Twenty-one Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Monday sent President Obama a 30-page letter calling for him to fire Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen, citing his “failure to preserve and produce documentation” to the committee investigating the controversy over alleged political targeting. The Internal Revenue Service...

IRS Staff Cuts of Up to 30 Percent Raise Risks, GAO Finds

July 27, 2015 As Congress prepares to pass a fiscal 2016 budget cut for the Internal Revenue Service, its watchdog is warning that pervious reductions over the past five years could harm program effectiveness and increase the risk of poor service. In a newly released report completed in June, the Government Accountability Office...

Federal Buildings Are Getting Greener, But Agency Missions Can Get in the Way

July 24, 2015 As the nation’s largest energy consumer, the federal government is making progress toward greener building management, but agencies’ day-to-day work demands sometimes take priority over improvements to environmental protections, a watchdog found. In a review of major agency practices representing a governmentwide portfolio of 275,000 buildings, the Government Accountability Office...

Inspectors General Lose Bid to Expand Access to Agency Documents

July 23, 2015 In a long-awaited opinion, the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel on Thursday issued a memo to Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates denying requests by the agency’s inspector general for greater auditor access to documents the department protects in matters involving grand jury testimony, national security wiretaps and credit...

Watchdog Cites Sloppy Procedures at IRS Over Who Gets Audited

July 23, 2015 A congressional watchdog has found lapses in Internal Revenue Service procedures for determining which taxpayers are subjected to audits. But the sampling of cases by the Government Accountability Office produced no evidence that political factors play a role. The report, requested by congressional Republicans and the basis for a House...

New OPM Director Promises to Improve Response to Data Breach

July 15, 2015 On her third full day as acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, Beth Cobert told labor leaders and agency supervisors that she herself was a victim of the recent data breach, and promised to “do everything we can do restore trust and confidence” in the government’s personnel and...

Seven Agencies Experiment with Publishing FOIA Releases

July 14, 2015 The general public will have access to documents released through other people’s Freedom of Information Act requests under a pilot program involving seven agencies, the Justice Department announced. Linking the experiment to the 49th anniversary of FOIA’s enactment, a Justice Office of Information Policy blog post quoted then-Attorney General Ramsey...