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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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Spot that Federal Building in Your Favorite Flick

August 23, 2013 Some of the handsomest and most historic federal properties perform double duty for the taxpayer when the General Services Administration teams up with some of Hollywood’s top television and movie producers. Though the agency has been accused of “sitting on our assets” when it undergoes a lengthy process for selling ...

State Allows Back Four Officials Criticized for Benghazi Roles

August 21, 2013 Finding “no breach of duty,” the State Department on Tuesday announced that four officials criticized for their role in the U.S. response to the September 2012 terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, are returning from administrative leave to unspecified full-time work without disciplinary action. State Deputy Spokeswoman ...

Lawmaker Seeks to End IRS’ Role as Political Arbiter

August 21, 2013 While Congress was preoccupied by partisan feuding over the meaning of this year’s Internal Revenue Service scandal, a House Democrat on Wednesday filed a lawsuit joined by three campaign finance reform groups to force the Treasury Department and IRS to rescind an ambiguous regulation that tasks tax-agency mid-level employees with ...

Despite Sequester, Agencies Continue Hiring Women-Owned Contractors

August 21, 2013 The Pentagon’s point woman for hiring women-owned small businesses said this week that she “needed a lift” from the travails of furloughs and sequestration. “This is a tough time for the federal government and DoD in particular if your’re concerned about small businesses,” said Linda Oliver, deputy director of the ...

Intel Contractors’ Whistleblower Rights Are a Work in Progress

August 20, 2013 President Obama has taken flak from whistleblower advocates for his handling of domestic surveillance leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The White House continues to rebut charges by whistleblower advocates that Obama overstated the protections available to contractors for intelligence agencies. And the intelligence community’s ombudsman on ...

White House Expands Guidance on Promoting Open Data

August 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House officials have announced expanded technical guidance to help agencies make more data accessible to the public in machine-readable formats. Following up on President Obama’s May executive order linking the pursuit of open data to economic growth, innovation and government efficiency, two budget and science office spokesmen on Friday ...

OMB Outlines Privacy Protections for 'Do Not Pay' Lists

August 19, 2013 President Obama’s budget director on Friday provided agencies with mandatory guidance for implementing the “Do Not Pay List” of contractors deemed ineligible for government work due to past fraud or abuse, while also adhering to laws that protect privacy. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, in a memo to all agency heads, laid ...

HHS Doles Out Latest Obamacare Grants; Some States Object

August 16, 2013 The Health and Human Services Department on Thursday announced the distribution of $67 million to more than 100 organizations that have volunteered to help implement the 2010 Affordable Care Act by supplying “navigators” to guide consumers seeking to enroll in state health insurance exchanges. The money came a day after ...

House Republican Turns to GAO to Shed Light on IRS Debacle

August 16, 2013 A House Ways and Means Subcommittee chairman is seeking to bring the Government Accountability Office to bear on complexities of the politically disputed scandal over the Internal Revenue Service’s extra scrutiny of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. Oversight subcommittee chairman Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., on Wednesday sent a letter ...

EPA and IRS Aren’t Off the Hook for Executive Use of Private Email

August 15, 2013 Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Internal Revenue Service have come under fire in recent days for alleged use of private email by executives conducting official business. On Wednesday a federal judge ruled against EPA’s request for dismissal of a lawsuit seeking further examination of the agency’s internal communications ...