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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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Taxpayers Will Cover Legal Defense of IRS Workers Hit by Scandal

October 30, 2013 This article has been updated. Though the scandal that rocked the Internal Revenue Service last May has receded from the headlines, the cost to taxpayers of all the investigations and reforms is still an active account. The Justice Department recently moved to hire two law firms to defend the personal ...

Acting IRS Chief Bemoans Travel and Training Cuts

October 30, 2013 Cuts of 80 percent to the travel and training budgets at the Internal Revenue Service have left the agency “in a world in which we’re not training effectively and not co-locating employees effectively, or at all,” the agency’s acting commissioner said Tuesday. “That’s a pretty significant amount of money to ...

Committee Advances Contractor Suspension and Debarment Reforms

October 29, 2013 This story has been updated. A House panel on Tuesday passed by voice vote a bill to crack down on unscrupulous contractors by consolidating agency suspension and debarment offices. H.R. 3345 -- the Stop Unworthy Spending Act -- introduced Monday by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, ...

HHS Official Shows Grace Under Overload

October 29, 2013 Unlike the Obamacare federal website, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, did not crumble under the heavy traffic of hostile and accusatory questions thrown her way at Tuesday’s solo appearance before the House Ways and Means Committee. Marilyn Tavenner, a onetime nurse and health care industry ...

Va. Senator Asks Watchdog to Gauge Cost of Shutdown

October 28, 2013 The Herculean task of placing a dollar amount on the damage from the October government shutdown will likely be tackled by the Government Accountability Office, according to Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., who requested the audit Oct. 24. Though Standard and Poor’s has estimated the 16-day shutdown’s cost to the U.S. ...

Agency Emergency Evacuation Plans Pass Muster -- Mostly

October 28, 2013 Emergency federal employee evacuation plans during such events as a shooting or a natural disaster appear on the whole to be solid and up-to-date, auditors found, though a few agencies reported glitches during practice drills. Compiled in the course of a year before last month’s deadly shootings at the Washington ...

Watchdog Group Unveils Pentagon's 'Revolving Door' Database

October 25, 2013 The Defense Department for several years has maintained a database of top military officers’ requests for ethics rulings on their plans to move to private-sector employment, according to the nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which obtained the database through a Freedom of Information Act request. The list, ...

GOP Lawmakers Push Faster Delivery of Healthcare.gov Documents

October 25, 2013 A ranking senator and a key House committee chairman are ratcheting up pressure on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speed up delivery of documents and explanations for the shaky rollout of the Healthcare.gov website. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, ...

Contractors Say Shutdown Forced Them to Reprioritize

October 24, 2013 As feared, the 16-day government shutdown forced contractors to scramble for cash, revise their schedules, and reconnect with their agency liaisons, according to trade association officials. “The good news is that most companies are putting folks back to work, which they should have been doing all along had there not ...

Ex-GSA Chief Releases Tell-All on Conference Spending Scandal

October 24, 2013 Martha Johnson, who lost her job as administrator of the General Services Administration following last year’s scandal on lavish conference spending, has a new book out. Unlike her recent novel, this collection of insights titled “On My Watch: Leadership, Innovation, and Personal Resilience,” includes some frank talk about the politics ...