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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charles S. 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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Government’s response to 9/11 called positive and democratic

September 8, 2011 The federal government's centralized terrorist watch list, which was created after the 9/11 attacks from 12 separate lists at nine different agencies, has likely "kept a thousand terrorists out of the country," a veteran congressional intelligence committee staffer told a panel on Thursday. "If a couple of the 9/11 hijackers...

Consumer bureau nominee wins praise, but stalemate persists

September 7, 2011 Richard Cordray, President Obama's nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, spent his confirmation hearing on Tuesday taking in praise for his credentials and displaying his knowledge of his agency's workings. Still, key Republicans on the Senate banking panel carried on with their months-old strategy of blocking approval of...

Despite its progress, Homeland Security remains on GAO risk list

September 7, 2011 The Homeland Security Department has demonstrated progress in meeting its missions and has enjoyed a productive dialogue with the Government Accountability Office, auditors told a Senate panel on Wednesday. But what became the third largest federal entity when it consolidated 22 agencies in 2002 still must work to address weakness...

What's an Agency 'Horse Blanket'?

September 6, 2011 A hot-off-the-presses book on U.S. counterterrorism policy reveals an oddly named tool many agencies have had at their disposal since 2007. A "horse blanket," according to "Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda" by New York Times correspondents Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker, is "a large,...

House Republicans continue demanding Obama disaster-spending plan

September 6, 2011 Congress returned on Tuesday to take up emergency disaster-relief spending, a day after Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew released an estimate of new federal money needed to respond to damage from Hurricane Irene. Lew's figure of $1.5 billion, which would come on top of the $5.2 billion...

OMB sends Congress preliminary budget number for disaster relief

September 2, 2011 In a first step in what is becoming a politically charged battle over federal disaster spending, Obama administration budget director Jack Lew on Thursday sent Congress an estimate -- required under the 2011 Budget Control Act -- of what will be needed for disaster relief spending in fiscal 2012: an...

Grumblings persist over demise of Statistical Abstract

September 2, 2011 Late this month, the 131st edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States is scheduled for release. It will be the final installment of the paper edition of the fact-packed government annual, a planned casualty of the current budget austerity that stands only a slight chance, sources say, of...

Wartime commission report on waste prompts opposing reactions

September 1, 2011 This week's report by a commission charging that contracting operations wasted as much as $60 billion in Iraq and Afghanistan was applauded by many as a prod to new reforms. But at least one contractors' group attacked the work of the congressionally chartered panel as unfair. The Professional Services Council...

IRS allowed $4.2 billion in credits to undocumented workers, audit says

September 1, 2011 Undocumented workers received refundable tax credits totaling $4.2 billion in 2010, a dramatic rise from less than $1 billion in 2005, said a report released Thursday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The Internal Revenue Service, however, said it lacks the authority to disallow claims for the credit...

Caught Off Guard

September 1, 2011 FPS is slow in applying technology to protect government buildings. The Federal Protective Service has made visible but limited progress in improving its risk management program-which addresses threats to agency buildings-and in the transfer of its programs to new authorities within the Homeland Security Department. At least that's the view...