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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 under fire for making taxpayer identity fraud a low priority

August 9, 2012 Internal Revenue Service managers “created an environment which discourages employees from detecting fraudulent applications” for taxpayer identification numbers, risking billions of dollars in improper tax refunds, auditors said. None of the IRS’ subdivisions made detecting fraud a priority because doing so would eliminate some applications and maintaining a large inventory ...

Obama's regulations save lives and money, Cass Sunstein says

August 8, 2012 In a parting shot before he decamps for the Harvard Law School faculty, President Obama’s regulatory chief took to YouTube to deliver a "white board" video lecture summarizing the savings in dollars and human lives that he attributes to careful rule-making that protects health and safety while remaining “sensitive to ...

Annual budget guidance stresses performance and priority goals

August 8, 2012 The Office of Management and Budget’s release of its annual technical guidance for agencies preparing their fiscal 2014 budgets includes new instructions on implementing the goal-setting and progress measures required under the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act. The 800-page policy compendium titled “Circular No. A-11” also urges federal ...

GAO Thinks Big

August 8, 2012 Though the Government Accountability Office is known for delving into the weeds of agency policy and performance, its analysts are no slouches at keeping an eye on the big picture. On Tuesday, the government’s chief auditing agency released a presentation titled “Anticipating and Meeting Accountability Challenges in a Dynamic Environment." ...

Lawmaker seeks more frequent alerts from inspectors general

August 7, 2012 Inspectors general should keep Congress better informed about ongoing investigations of possible misconduct at agencies in the view of Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. As first reported by The Washington Post, Issa on Aug. 3 sent a letter to 73 inspectors general ...

Regulatory chief’s departure scrambles philosophical debate

August 7, 2012 The recently announced resignation of Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s close friend and top regulatory adviser, exposed mixed feelings for both the right and the left on the politically sensitive topic of regulation. On Friday acting Budget Director Jeffrey Zients announced that the administrator of the White House Office of Information ...

New lines of attack opened against GSA

August 6, 2012 Congress’ departure for its August recess has not silenced the voices attacking the General Services Administration for its handling of excess federal properties or for overspending at a 2010 training conference in Las Vegas. On Monday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a field hearing in Miami at a ...

IRS chief defends implementation of health care law

August 2, 2012 In his first Capitol Hill appearance since the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling on the health care reform law, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Doug Shulman defended his workforce and its preparations for implementing the Affordable Care Act against angry Republican charges that the IRS illegally reinterpreted the law, took on ...

Defending feds is part of a Virginia senator’s job description, Kaine says

August 2, 2012 Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine took his campaign for a Senate seat to a crowd of retired and active federal employees Wednesday night, decrying as “revolting” how “some people want to make public employees an all-purpose punching bag in American life.” Kaine stressed the importance of the federal workforce to ...

GSA executive Prouty departs in wake of spending scandal

August 2, 2012 Paul Prouty, a 41-year veteran of the General Services Administration who was suspended in April following revelations of overspending at a Las Vegas training conference, has left the agency, a GSA spokesman confirmed. Prouty, who served briefly in Washington as acting GSA chief in 2009, had until his departure been ...