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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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Reimagining Government

May 6, 2015 If you stand on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington and look north across the Tidal Basin, you won’t see Alexander Hamilton’s statue in front of the Treasury Department. You’ll feel his presence as strongly as that of the marble man behind you though. The two pioneers of...

FOIA Requests Hit Record High in 2014

May 5, 2015 The Justice Department’s latest summary of all agency Freedom of Information Act activity in fiscal 2014 shows a record number of requests. “Agency FOIA offices received a record high 714,231 requests while also facing several other challenges including reduced staffing, tough fiscal times, and a three-week government shutdown during which...

IRS Approves Billions in Iffy Education Tax Credit Claims, Watchdog Says

May 5, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service approved $5.6 billion in questionable education tax credits on the returns of 3.6 million taxpayers, a sign that the tax agency’s ongoing efforts to curb improper payments needs bolstering, according to a watchdog. An IRS official disputed some of the findings. "The IRS still does not...

Lawmakers Aim to Streamline Homeland Security Purchasing

May 5, 2015 The third-largest federal agency needs to streamline its acquisition process and address continuing reports of waste, a bipartisan group of House members said Monday. In introducing a bill (H.R. 2199) to step up oversight and strengthen the ability of top procurement officials to re-work contracts, leaders of the House Homeland...

Obama Team Aims to Ensure Agency Performance Goals Outlive This Administration

May 4, 2015 The Obama administration is picking up the pace on setting agency performance goals, and has started the process of ensuring that the management priorities survive the transition to a new president, an Office of Management and Budget official said on Monday. Lisa Danzig, OMB’s associate director for performance and personnel,...

IGs Are a Taxpayer Bargain, Study Finds

May 4, 2015 The government’s 72 inspectors general—whose offices generate headlines but draw their share of attacks and budget reductions—also generate a large return on taxpayer investment, according to a study published Thursday by the Brookings Institution. Governance studies scholars John Hudak and Grace Wallack call the watchdogs “among the most underappreciated and...

House Members Pursue Holy Grail of Federal Program Efficiency

May 1, 2015 In a sign of new visibility for the three-year-old congressional Government Efficiency Caucus, two House members on Thursday introduced a bill to create a new agency program management career path and set project efficiency standards governmentwide. The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (H.R. 2144) would allow the caucus to...

Senators Want to Smooth the Next President’s Transition to Power

May 1, 2015 Sixteen months before the next president begins assembling his or her governing team, two senators on Thursday unveiled legislation to improve the transition process, tapping expertise of career civil servants and underlining the need for bipartisan cooperation. The Presidential Transitions Improvements Act (S. 1172) “would ensure that a senior-level, White...

Watchdog Says IRS Has Improved Handling of Tax-Exempt Status Requests

April 30, 2015 Nearly two years after the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found the Internal Revenue Service inappropriately targeted Tea Party and other organizations for scrutiny, the IG on Thursday released a report citing the tax agency’s progress in reducing roadblocks for such organizations seeking tax-exempt status. The new report is...

Senators Propose Acting as 'Board of Directors' for VA

April 30, 2015 Senators from both parties threw skeptical questions at an interim Veterans Affairs Department undersecretary on Wednesday at a hearing exploring ways to get the controversy-plagued department off the Government Accountability Office’s list of high-risk government operations. Acting as controversies continue over construction cost overruns at VA facilities and treatment of...

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