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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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IRS Chief Apologizes at Hearing, But Calls Talk of Impeachment Unwarranted

September 21, 2016 At a House hearing packed with presidential campaign references, Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday stood his ground against Republicans pursuing his impeachment. He expressed regret, however, that he hadn’t more carefully worded some past testimony on the so-called IRS targeting controversy and reported problems to lawmakers more promptly....

Faulty Fingerprint Records Lead to Hundreds of Mistakes in Granting Citizenship

September 20, 2016 At a time of domestic terrorist attacks and worries over border enforcement, immigration officials granted citizenship to 858 individuals without a thorough fingerprint check that might have flagged them as ineligible, a watchdog found. John Roth, inspector general for the Homeland Security Department, said in a report released on Monday...

Pentagon Watchdog General Counsel Denies Anti-Semitism Charge

September 20, 2016 The general counsel of the Defense Department inspector general’s office is denying old charges of anti-Semitism lodged against him that were recently revived in a lawsuit. Henry Shelley, who has been the watchdog’s general counsel since February 2010 but has worked for the office since 1991, was accused of speaking...

Senate Budget Chairman Proposes a Cure for Congress' Addiction to Continuing Resolutions

September 20, 2016 Congress’ frustrating budget stalemates and addiction to end-of-session continuing resolutions could be eliminated under a new set of reform proposals detailed on Monday by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., chairman of the Budget Committee. An accountant who points proudly to firm spending decisions made by the legislature in Wyoming, Enzi has...

Exceptional Feds Get Their Turn on the Red Carpet

September 20, 2016 This story has been updated. Two days after the television industry gave its EMMY awards, it was federal employees’ turn to collect their SAMMIES. For the 15th year, the Service to America Medals were handed to agency stars who are making a difference in their communities and improving lives. Winners...

Postal Clerk Learns He Can't 'Make America Great Again' While on Government Property

September 19, 2016 With election season nearing its climax, the Office of Special Counsel recently jawboned three federal employees into removing illegal campaign paraphernalia from their federal work facilities. “The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity while on duty or in the workplace,” the independent agency noted in...

Pentagon Eases Blockade of Access to Science Group's Website

September 16, 2016 For the past six months, Defense Department employees attempting to read online blogs on the Federation of American Scientists were presented with a notice saying, “Access to this website has been blocked for operational reasons by the DoD Enterprise-Level Protection System.” As explained in a Wednesday posting by Steven Aftergood,...

House Delays IRS Chief Impeachment Vote, Schedules Hearing

September 15, 2016 Putting aside for now a back-bencher’s resolution to impeach the Internal Revenue commissioner, House leaders late Wednesday night settled on a new schedule that gives the Republican conference more time to work out clashing political strategies with only weeks to go to the election. The House Judiciary Committee announced that,...

House Panel Clears Bill to Give $10,000 to Agency Cost-Cutters

September 15, 2016 The House Oversight and Government Reform panel on Thursday approved a bill aimed at reining in agency last-minute spending binges by offering a $10,000 bonus to employees to expose waste. The Easy Savings Act (H.R. 2532), introduced last year by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., would expand the awards program for...

Contractors Urge Next President to Upgrade Acquisition Workforce

September 15, 2016 Under either a Clinton or Trump administration, the “on-demand” government of the future must be “responsive, agile, resilient, flexible, dynamic, flatter, more connected, less hierarchical, dynamic, seamless, more personalized, transparent and accountable.” That’s according to the Professional Services Council’s blueprint for the incoming 45th president, released on Thursday under the...