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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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Commerce, Prisons Bureau at High Risk for Losing Email

July 3, 2014 The National Archives and Records Administration since 2013 has been directing, surveying and training agency employees in the use of its records management program called Capstone. An Archives spokeswoman told Government Executive, “The preservation of all federal records by agencies is an ongoing priority for the National Archives. Electronic Records ...

Vanishing Email Isn’t Just an IRS Problem

July 3, 2014 Among the many sideshows in the year-old dispute over alleged politicization of the Internal Revenue Service was the June 24 testimony at a House hearing that the embattled tax agency “did not follow the law” in reporting a computer crash and lost emails. During contentious questioning over the lost emails ...

IRS Employees Were Able to Log Work Hours During Shutdown Furloughs

July 3, 2014 The agency that requires millions of Americans to submit accurate annual tax information has itself neglected to prepare financial statements with sufficient internal controls, leading to inaccuracies on its payroll, among other areas, the Government Accountability Office determined. The Internal Revenue Service’s “significant” bookkeeping omissions in its fiscal 2013 statement ...

Will an Obscure Pentagon Small Business Program Live On?

July 2, 2014 Deep in the bowels of the Pentagon is a 25-year-old research project designed to test a new way of encouraging large contractors to pass along some of their work to small businesses. Known as the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program, it was set up in 1990 to “determine if comprehensive ...

Prisoners, Noncitizens and High Earners At Risk of Getting Obamacare Subsidies

July 1, 2014 Federal and state-based health insurance exchanges lack sufficient internal controls to prevent ineligible applicants -- such as noncitizens or people who earn too much to qualify for subsidies -- from signing up for benefits under the Affordable Care Act, a watchdog reported. In a pair of reports based on reviews ...

Lawmaker Wants to Force Testimony From Security Clearance Firm CEO

June 30, 2014 In the latest twist in the revelations of flawed employee background checks by contractors, a key Democrat on the House Oversight panel is demanding help from his chairman in coercing testimony on bonuses from the CEO of the government’s largest security clearance service provider. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking ...

Homeland Security Advised to Put Agency Border Assignments in Writing

June 30, 2014 The Homeland Security Department’s efforts to effectively deploy resources to enforce the permeable Southwestern border have suffered from the lack of written agreements with a dozen partner agencies, the Government Accountability Office determined. The report dated June 27 comes in the midst of a crisis where thousands of unaccompanied children ...

Bipartisan Bill Would Make it Harder for Agencies to Claim FOIA Exemptions

June 27, 2014 Agency officials processing Freedom of Information Act requests would shift to a “presumption of openness” under a bipartisan bill introduced June 24 by Sens. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., and John Cornyn, R-Texas. The FOIA Improvement Act would curb agency “overuse of exemptions to withhold information from the public,” the senators ...

Expanded Intel Whistleblower Bill Headed to the President

June 27, 2014 President Obama on Thursday received the fiscal 2014 Intelligence Authorization bill, which contains expanded protections for intelligence community whistleblowers. The House, as expected, approved the bill Tuesday by voice vote. Senators had approved it on June 12 and Obama is considered likely to sign it. The measure would expand and ...

OMB Shares How Agencies Will Actually Reach Goals in Areas Like Climate Change

June 27, 2014 The 15 cross-agency priority goals the White House laid out in its March budget submission are now enhanced with action plans, set jointly by the Office of Management and Budget and designated agency heads. In a Thursday blog post, deputy budget director for management Beth Cobert announced the posting of ...