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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.
Results 51-60 of 2006

Did an IG Vacancy Delay Exposure of Clinton Emails?

March 23, 2015 State Department Inspector General Steve Linick took office on Sept. 30, 2013, following an unusual five-year vacancy. Because that period covered Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of State, the absence of a full-time watchdog might have delayed a more aggressive investigation of her business use of personal email, according to ...

Is Commerce’s Technical Information Service a Dinosaur in the Internet Age?

March 20, 2015 Time was when small business people and academics had to send away an order form or travel to offices in Alexandria, Va., to obtain specialized agency documents kept in print from the National Technical Information Service. But the advent of instantaneous downloading via the Web has rendered the mission of ...

Justice, HHS Recover $3.3 Billion from Medicare Fraudsters

March 20, 2015 A joint-agency pursuit of phony Medicare claims by the Justice and Health and Human Services departments returned $3.3 billion to the U.S. Treasury and to victims, an inspector general found. In its fiscal 2014 annual report on the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program, in which federal agencies cooperate ...

Reverse Auctions Once Again in Lawmakers' Crosshairs

March 20, 2015 Lawmakers are marshaling arguments to restrict the contracting tool called a reverse auction, criticizing agency reliance on a practice dominated by a single private firm at a Thursday hearing of the House Small Business subcommittee. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., who has introduced H.R. 1444 to limit reverse auctions, said that ...

Agencies Could Do More to Convert Properties to Aid Homeless

March 19, 2015 For decades, agencies seeking to sell off unneeded facilities have been required to offer groups that help the homeless a shot at acquiring or leasing their empty space. But too often the Defense and Housing and Urban Development departments operating under Base Closure and Realignment Commission rules fail to track ...

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Calls for Chemical Safety Board Firings

March 19, 2015 The woes of the Chemical Safety Board intensified on Thursday with the release of a bipartisan letter from 14 members of the House Oversight and Government Reform panel calling on President Obama to fire three of the board’s top officials, including Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso. Citing misleading testimony, improper use of ...

IRS Won’t Have to Furlough Employees After All, Commissioner Says

March 18, 2015 The threat of a “shutdown” at the IRS has eased, Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen told a House panel on Wednesday. Prospects for one or two-day furloughs, which he predicted in December, depended on the extent of savings achieved by reducing overtime hours during filing season, he said, and sufficient ...

Agencies Will Cut 100 Million Hours of Paperwork, White House Says

March 18, 2015 President Obama’s 2011 regulatory review process is on track to save $20 billion over five years and eliminate 100 million hours of paperwork, according to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. In a Tuesday blog post, OIRA Administrator Howard Shelanski commended several agencies for identifying outdated and ...

Getting the Living Off Social Security’s Deceased List May Take Legislation

March 17, 2015 Congressional testimony seldom gets more powerful than a first-hand account from a living victim whom the government had long declared dead. The tale of woe from witness Judy Rivers of Logan, Ala., on Monday combined with reform proposals from agency officials to produce rough consensus within a Senate panel that ...

Nearly Half of the Largest Federal Contractors Are Also Receiving Federal Grants and Loans

March 17, 2015 Forty-nine of the federal government’s top 100 contractors also won grants, loans or tax credits over the past 15 years, according to a study released on Tuesday by the nonprofit research center Good Jobs First. Two-thirds of the $68 billion in federal business grants and tax credits since 2000 went ...