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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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Advocacy Group: IRS' Problems 'Won't Be Cured by Removing Lois Lerner'

May 21, 2015 Following months of Freedom of Information Act requests, a team of conservative lawyers has sought to rewrite the narrative of the targeting controversy that has plagued the Internal Revenue Service for two years. In a report leaked to National Review, the nonprofit legal group Cause of Action concluded that employees...

Punish US Generals for Mismanaging Afghan War Funds, Says Inspector General

May 21, 2015 A $36 million command and control center planned for Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan as part of the 2011 U.S. troop surge was built even though multiple officials had warned it was unneeded, a watchdog reported Wednesday. The 64,000-square-foot facility in Helmand Province was constructed to 98 percent completion but never...

Rx for 21st-Century Government: Nimbler Hiring and Trained Managers

May 21, 2015 Who wants to become an Internal Revenue Service auditor? When the senator asked for a show of hands at a hearing Wednesday, no one volunteered. Only a couple of people raised their hands when asked whether they would even join the federal workforce. “I’m the mother of two Millennials,” Sen....

Generals in Afghanistan Failed to Cancel Unneeded $36 Million Facility

May 20, 2015 A $36 million command and control center planned for Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan as part of the 2011 U.S. troop surge was built even though multiple officials had warned it was unneeded, a watchdog reported Wednesday. The 64,000-square-foot facility in Helmand Province was constructed to 98 percent completion but never...

Transparency and Efficiency Bills Clear House Oversight Panel

May 19, 2015 Several bills designed to increase transparency and the effectiveness of government emerged from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday, among them legislation to expand subpoena powers of inspectors general, curb presidential post-tenure allowances and promote greater use of evidence in policymaking. The bills passed largely by voice...

Report: Merge the ATF with the FBI

May 19, 2015 An “identity crisis” plagues the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives caused by tensions between its roles in law enforcement and regulation, says a think tank report released Tuesday. Its solution: merge the controversial 150-year-old agency with the “politically strong” FBI. The liberal-leaning Center for American Progress, following two-years...

Senate Defense Bill Lays Out Acquisition Reforms, HQ Personnel Cuts

May 18, 2015 The Senate’s version of the $612 billion 2016 defense authorization bill that cleared committee on Thursday treats shortfalls in the acquisition system as a national security threat while pressuring the Pentagon to accelerate planned reductions in headquarters personnel. “This is a reform bill,” said Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John...

Compensation Plan for U.S. Hostages Held in Iran Advances

May 18, 2015 The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act now working its way to President Obama’s desk contains “sense of the Congress” language demanding “fair and appropriate compensation” for the 52 diplomats and their survivors who were held hostage in Tehran for 444 days after the 1979 Iranian revolution. A detailed plan spelling...

U.S. Bid to Stand Up Afghan Aviation Capabilities Falters

May 15, 2015 The Pentagon, State Department and Federal Aviation Administration have spent $562 million over 12 years to bolster a crumbling civil aviation system in war-torn Afghanistan. Despite some progress toward independence, says a watchdog audit released Friday, the inability to train sufficient Afghan personnel by the end of 2014 might require...

Agency Compliance with Records Act Remains Spotty

May 15, 2015 Among the many governance issues raised by the Hillary Clinton email dispute is the spottiness of compliance with the Federal Records Act across government. In a round-up of 24 major departments’ actions released Thursday, the Government Accountability Office found that none had a perfect record complying with deadlines in directives...

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