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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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Largest Obstacle to Clean Federal Books Is the Pentagon, GAO Chief Says

July 10, 2013 One of the key challenges to curbing wasteful government spending, lawmakers say, is that no one knows exactly how much is being wasted. An estimated $107.7 billion made in improper payments last year, for example, does not include faulty payments by the agency with the most problem-plagued finances -- the ...

Technology Is at the Heart of Obama’s Second-Term Management Agenda

July 9, 2013 President Obama on Monday highlighted the continuing role of technology in his second-term management reform agenda, using a televised speech to White House staff to also defend the federal workforce and nudge Congress to grant him long-sought authority to consolidate agencies to curb duplication. “We are dealing with a government ...

House Appropriators Slash IRS Budget in Wake of Scandal

July 9, 2013 In a bid to help “prevent future IRS abuses,” the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday posted its draft of the fiscal 2014 financial services spending bill that includes a highly unusual 24 percent slashing of the budget for the scandal-tarnished Internal Revenue Service. Released in preparation for a Wednesday markup, ...

Census Nominee Impresses Senators, Avoids Specifics on Disputed Survey

July 9, 2013 President Obama’s nominee to lead the Census Bureau promised to use innovative technology and create a “new census design that will fundamentally change the way the census is done in the United States,” speaking Tuesday to a receptive Senate panel. John Thompson, a veteran of three decennial censuses at the ...

HHS Awards Major Contract to Help Sort Obamacare Applications

July 8, 2013 Days before the White House emboldened critics by announcing a delay in a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, the Health and Human Services Department finalized a one-year contract for help in sorting the coming applications for the new state health insurance exchanges. Serco, a British-owned company based in ...

Obama Renews Call for Consolidation Authority, Defends Feds

July 8, 2013 This story has been updated. During a management reform speech Monday that focused largely on technology’s critical role in making government more efficient, President Obama also defended the federal workforce and nudged Congress to grant him long-sought authority to consolidate agencies to curb duplication. Obama touted first-term progress, but pledged ...

Technology Is at the Heart of Obama’s Second-Term Management Agenda

July 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama on Monday highlighted the continuing role of technology in his second-term management reform agenda, using a televised speech to White House staff to also defend the federal workforce and nudge Congress to grant him long-sought authority to consolidate agencies to curb duplication. “We are dealing with a government ...

Progress Reported in Curbing Medicare Overpayments

July 3, 2013 Of some $9.6 billion in improper payments made to Medicare providers in fiscal 2010, $543 million remains “uncollectible,” according to an audit released Thursday. And while the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has made progress in its systems for tracking down the bad payments, improvements are needed in software ...

IRS Official Seeks Immunity Before Testifying on Scandal

July 3, 2013 Lois Lerner, the executive at the center of the Internal Revenue Service scandal over mishandling of conservatives’ applications for tax-exempt status, will refuse to testify to Congress absent a grant of immunity from prosecution. In an interview with Politico published late Tuesday, Lerner’s attorney, William W. Taylor III, said, “They ...

Agencies Report Slight Progress in Meeting Small Business Contracting Goals

July 2, 2013 In its annual scorecard on small business procurement, the Small Business Administration on Tuesday announced “real progress” toward delivering 23 percent of all federal contracting dollars to small businesses, with 22.25 percent going to small firms in fiscal 2012, compared with 21.65 percent in 2011. “As a result of a ...