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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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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:...

Threats of violence against IRS employees persist

December 10, 2010 Assaults, bomb threats and intimidation continue among the impediments faced by Internal Revenue Service employees in carrying out their duties, according to the latest semiannual report to Congress from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. As part of its statutory mission, the Treasury IG investigates threats and attacks against...

House cybersecurity activist bemoans apathy about countering threats

December 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This week's hacker attacks on credit card and other consumer websites in the wake of the WikiLeaks controversy provide a perfect example of America's vulnerability to attacks against online networks by criminals, spies and enemy states, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, co-founder of the House Cybersecurity Caucus, said Thursday. McCaul said...

Federal oil rig inspectors hit for lapses preceding BP spill

December 6, 2010 A toughly worded staff paper presented to President Obama's National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in late November zeroes in on the weaknesses of safety inspectors at the former Minerals Management Service, citing a lack of technological sophistication, a cozy relationship with the oil industry and a...

Consumer complaint website will test wisdom of crowds

December 3, 2010 Consumers who believe they have been harmed by unsafe toys or appliances, for the first time starting in March 2011, will be able to see their complaints screened and displayed on a public website maintained by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. But commission members split along partisan lines when they...

Consumer complaint website will test wisdom of crowds

December 3, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Consumers who believe they have been harmed by unsafe toys or appliances, for the first time starting in March 2011, will be able to see their complaints screened and displayed on a public website maintained by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. But commission members split along partisan lines when they...