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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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Obama’s State of the Union Reasserts Executive Authority

January 28, 2014 President Obama on Tuesday night issued a plea to Congress to move beyond “the rancorous argument over the size of the federal government” to make 2014 “a year of action,” while announcing a dozen executive orders aimed at rebuilding infrastructure, consolidating federal training programs and raising the wages of federal ...

Werfel Departs OMB Following Stint as Acting IRS Chief

January 27, 2014 Danny Werfel, the Obama administration’s controller who spent the past half year as acting chief of the troubled Internal Revenue Service, has left government service, the Office of Management and Budget confirmed on Monday. Having spent more than 15 years at OMB, the last four as head of its Office ...

Recovery Act Raised Accountability, GAO Says

January 27, 2014 The 28 agencies that distributed stimulus grants under the 2009 Recovery Act have learned largely positive lessons in best practices for accountability and transparency, the Government Accountability Office reported. As part of an examination of website tracking of how dollars were spent in 16 states to create jobs and boost ...

Senator Seeks Special Prosecutor on IRS Controversy

January 24, 2014 Though known best for his time in the national spotlight attacking Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has now weighed in on the Internal Revenue Service’s still-controversial mishandling of primarily conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status. In a Jan. 22 letter, Cruz asked Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a “special ...

State Department Faulted for Lax Oversight of Afghanistan Justice Contract

January 24, 2014 U.S. efforts to exit Afghanistan with a sustainable rule of law infrastructure in place may be jeopardized by “weaknesses in the design and oversight” of justice-sector contracts, an audit has found. State Department contracts totaling $223 million to help train Afghani justice administrators, prosecutors, attorneys and case managers suffered from ...

EPA’s ‘Moonlighting Spy:’ I Guess Greed Made Me Do It

January 24, 2014 A newly released transcript of a congressional deposition of John Beale, the Environmental Protection Agency attorney sentenced to 32 months in prison for falsely claiming his workplace absences were due to a moonlighting gig at the CIA, is not a totally satisfying read. Beale was sentenced Dec. 18 for defrauding ...

Top Contractor for Background Checks Charged With Fraud

January 23, 2014 The contractor that performed federal background checks on such headline personalities as National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis has been accused of fraud by the Justice Department. Falls Church, Va.,-based USIS, which had already been the subject of a False Claims Act suit filed ...

HHS Secretary Defends Healthcare.gov, Obamacare to Mayors

January 23, 2014 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius touted the current healthcare.gov website as much-improved from the balky site that millions struggled to navigate in October, during a discussion with a gathering of mayors in Washington on Wednesday. Asked by Green Bay, Wis., Mayor James Schmitt for comment on the botched ...

GSA Website Wins Harvard Innovation Award

January 23, 2014 Challenge.gov, the General Services Administration’s three-year-old website that solicits solutions to agency problems from the general public, is the winner of the 2013 Innovations in American Government Award. The website which so far has been used by 59 agencies and received 3.5 million visits from 220 countries, was picked from ...

Broadcasting Board of Governors Reshuffles Management Team

January 22, 2014 The board in charge of U.S. broadcasting overseas on Wednesday announced new job responsibilities for one of its top officials, the latest management restructuring at the agency. Broadcasting Board of Governors Chairman Jeffrey Shell said Jeff Trimble, who has been deputy director at BBG’s International Broadcasting Bureau, will transition to ...