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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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Flattening Government

April 1, 2011 Why rhetoric on killing agencies so seldom becomes reality. When the lights went out on the Interstate Commerce Commission on Dec. 31, 1995, the chaos that can surround the closing of a federal agency had been unfolding for months. The House and Senate cast opposing votes on whether to abolish...

Open Secrets

March 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In April 2010, some of the most secretive professionals in government launched their contribution to the Obama administration's transparency campaign. CIA officials released their open government plan on the agency's website, "mindful," as it states, "that continued public support for CIA is very much dependent upon public understanding of its...

Into the Limelight

March 1, 2011 After years of working behind the scenes, agency inspectors general are front and center in a high-profile battle against waste, fraud and abuse. It's been a long, strange trip for inspectors general since those days of the Carter administration when the Justice Department tried to block the legislation that created...

Inspector general backs NOAA in climate-change dispute

February 25, 2011 A review of e-mail exchanges between federal scientists and British academics embroiled in a politically charged dispute over climate change found no misconduct at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to a report just released by the Commerce Department's inspector general. "We did not find any evidence that NOAA...

Bill to move agency pits FTC against National Gallery

February 17, 2011 A House panel on Wednesday approved a bill that would move the Federal Trade Commission out of a headquarters building constructed for it in the late 1930s, irking FTC commissioners but pleasing officials at the National Gallery of Art, which would benefit from the freed-up space. The bill would "save...

ICE agent killed, second wounded in Mexico

February 16, 2011 Two federal agents assigned to anti-drug trafficking operations in Mexico City were shot on Monday as they drove toward the capital from Monterrey, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced. ICE special agent Jaime Zapata died of his wounds, while a second special agent, still unidentified, is hospitalized in stable...

IRS budget would allow for thousands of new hires

February 15, 2011 President Obama's fiscal 2012 budget includes $1.1 billion in new funds for the Internal Revenue Service, about a 9 percent increase from 2010 levels that would translate to 5,112 new hires, or a 5 percent expansion of enforcement operations. "The new enforcement personnel," says an IRS fact sheet, "will generate...

GSA budget focuses on selling property, green buildings and citizen IT

February 14, 2011 President Obama's fiscal 2012 budget would boost the General Services Administration's budget by $200 million from fiscal 2010 and stabilize it during the next five years. It would task GSA with continuing its effort to sell off excess federal properties, pursue greener federal buildings, and achieve savings through paperless communication...

House panel pressures GSA to speed sale of excess properties

February 10, 2011 Warning federal agencies that "we will demand lists" of underused and excess properties, a newly installed House subcommittee chairman on Thursday took a General Services Administration official to task during an unusual field hearing held in an unheated annex of Washington's Old Post Office building. With lawmakers, three witnesses and...

House Republicans pace their rollout of regulatory review

February 9, 2011 As he prepares for a key Thursday hearing on regulatory review, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is making it plain that business leaders, and not individuals, employee organizations or advocacy groups, will steer his effort to identify and curb agency regulations seen as impeding job...