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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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GSA Could Save More in High-Value Leases, Watchdog Says

October 24, 2013 The government’s 218 most expensively leased facilities could be made more cost-effective if the General Services Administration had sufficient funding and better information on long-term consequences of leasing buildings for agencies, auditors found. While GSA has demonstrated progress in pursuing the Obama administration’s agenda of reducing building costs and shifting ...

Lesson from the Shutdown: A Need to Clarify Who’s Furloughed

October 23, 2013 Though nearly everyone unites around the goal of avoiding future government shutdowns, some key players coming off of the 2013 version offer varying ideas of how to improve the executive branch’s guidance for determining who stays home and who continues to work as the crisis unfolds. In interviews with Government ...

IRS Fails to Police Contractors Who Are Behind on Their Taxes

October 23, 2013 Hundreds of contractor employees working for the Internal Revenue Service cumulatively owe as much as $5.4 million in delinquent taxes, a violation of the agency’s charge that requires it to ascertain that all full-time federal employees file tax returns and pay all taxes owed, an audit found. As of June ...

No Peace for Former IRS Exec Lerner

October 23, 2013 The widely noted retirement of Lois Lerner from the scandal-tarnished Internal Revenue Service last month apparently has not brought her much peace. As the “public face” of the agency’s Exempt Organizations division that has been blasted for applying special scrutiny to certain applicants for tax-exempt status, Lerner may still be ...

Shutdown Prompts IRS to Delay Start of Tax Season

October 22, 2013 In another indicator of the impact from the 16-day government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday announced that the 2014 tax season originally slated to begin Jan. 21 will be delayed by one-to-two weeks. The reason: The agency needs time to program and test tax processing systems. “The IRS ...

Zients Looped In to Oversee Health Care Website Fixes

October 22, 2013 The White House on Tuesday confirmed reports that it had dispatched Jeffrey Zients, the former chief U.S. performance officer now directing the National Economic Council, to coordinate the politically sensitive rescue effort of the shaky health insurance exchange website. The Healthcare.gov site, which has been plagued by software flaws and ...

IRS Still Behind on Curbing Improper Tax Credit Claims

October 22, 2013 This story has been updated. The Internal Revenue Service has fallen behind in its ongoing efforts to reduce misrouting of earned income tax credit funds, resulting in $11.6 billion to $13.6 billion in lost revenue, according to an audit released Tuesday. The agency has made “no significant improvement in” curbing ...

Census Bureau Reschedules Key Reports Following Shutdown

October 21, 2013 The Census Bureau, which is responsible for reports on 12 of the leading economic indicators, added some datapoints on the impact of the 16-day government shutdown by unveiling a revised release calendar on Monday. The delays ranged from one week to 18 days, though some of the releases scheduled at ...

USDA Could Improve Vetting for Farm Payment Eligibility

October 21, 2013 The Agriculture Department and Congress need to improve procedures for ensuring annual subsidies through the $5 billion farm payments program go only to eligible recipients, auditors say. In a report requested by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the Government Accountability Office found communication gaps in procedures that the Farm Service Agency ...

Senate Confirms OMB Management Deputy

October 21, 2013 The Senate last Wednesday on the final day of the government shutdown approved President Obama’s nominee to be deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget. Beth Cobert, a senior partner at McKinsey & Co. based in San Francisco, was approved by voice vote after she drew ...