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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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National taxpayer advocate looped into debate on repealing health care law

January 7, 2011 The in-house watchdog for the Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday voiced concern about the tax agency's ability to handle its role in implementing the new health care law the same week House Republicans embarked on their effort to repeal the landmark law and released their own report. National Taxpayer Advocate...

Inspector general for Afghanistan relieves two deputies

January 5, 2011 Arnold Fields, the retired Marine general charged with auditing the $56 billion the United States has spent rebuilding Afghanistan since 2002, removed two top deputies on Monday, saying he was announcing organizational changes that "will take the agency in a new, increasingly aggressive direction." Fields relieved John Brummet, assistant inspector...

Oil drilling regulators could hasten industry return to deepwater operations

January 4, 2011 The Interior Department bureau charged with rethinking deepwater oil drilling regulation announced on Monday that it might speed resumption of offshore operations of 13 companies whose permits were suspended in April 2010, following the BP oil spill. Still unclear, however, is whether the companies can move immediately on the strength...

Green Gaps

January 1, 2011 Making eco-friendly IT a reality at agencies requires changing behavior as well as policy. "Powering down all desktop computers, locally connected printers and other non- networked peripherals at the end of the day will reduce energy consumption." This suggestion from Aaron Helton, an Office of Personnel Management staffer, was one...

Dodaro confirmed as comptroller general

December 23, 2010 The Senate on Wednesday night cleared Gene Dodaro to serve as comptroller general, a position he had held on an acting basis since March 2008. On Nov. 30, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee had unanimously approved his nomination to permanently head the Government Accountability Office. Dodaro has...

Regulatory agencies have stepped up enforcement, study says

December 22, 2010 The Obama administration has relied less on voluntary compliance and more on tools for enforcement of regulations aimed at protecting worker safety, consumer health and the environment, according to a study released on Monday by the nonprofit OMB Watch. The report also noted current agency officials have viewed many enforcement...

Paper Social Security checks will become obsolete in May

December 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A long-planned requirement that Social Security recipients receive their checks through direct deposit will take effect May 1, 2011, three months later than originally proposed, the Treasury Department's Financial Management Service announced Tuesday. "This important change will provide significant savings to American taxpayers who will no longer incur the annual...

Paper Social Security checks will become obsolete in May

December 21, 2010 A long-planned requirement that Social Security recipients receive their checks through direct deposit will take effect May 1, 2011, three months later than originally proposed, the Treasury Department's Financial Management Service announced Tuesday. "This important change will provide significant savings to American taxpayers who will no longer incur the annual...

State Department review promises transparency, civilian ‘face’

December 20, 2010 In a bid to streamline diplomacy and foreign aid, the State Department will "fundamentally change our management approach by turning to the expertise of other federal agencies where appropriate -- before engaging private contractors," according to the department's inaugural quadrennial review. The central goals laid out in the review, titled...

Solutions offered to reduce delays in confirming presidential appointees

December 14, 2010 The government should tap expertise from the Office of Personnel Management and private sector headhunters for recruiting and background checks to accelerate the drawn-out and politically charged process for Senate approval of presidential appointees, says a study released Tuesday by two Brookings Institution scholars. Titled "A Half-Empty Government Can't Govern:...