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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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Archives on Schedule in Declassification Push

August 9, 2013 The three-year-old National Declassification Center at the National Archives has plowed through 80 percent of a long-standing backlog of documents that are 25 years old or older, according to its seventh biannual report. Declassifiers are on schedule to meet a year-end deadline for fully determining which of some 357 million ...

Timing Is Key for a Coveted IRS Witness

August 9, 2013 Since the Internal Revenue Service scandal broke last May, Republican lawmakers have coveted hearing testimony from William Wilkins, the agency’s chief counsel and an Obama political appointee. Their appetites were further whetted after July interviews with mid-level IRS employees indicated that one reason for the now-notorious delays in an IRS ...

Insiders Offer Glimmers of Hope for Avoiding a Government Shutdown

August 9, 2013 This August’s $1 billion question in Washington continues to be whether the government is heading for a shutdown. The conundrum embroils the two parties in internecine battles, pits spending priorities against political tactics and leaves the affected federal workforce to largely watch from the sidelines. Interviews with Washington insiders show ...

Government Should Operate More as a Single Enterprise, Report Says

August 8, 2013 Rather than function like a “holding company” for a hundred entities, the federal government should reform its management structure to operate routinely as a single enterprise, according to a report released Thursday by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and the Booz Allen Hamilton consulting firm. Four top officials from ...

Rule Would Boost Consideration of Contractor Past Performance

August 7, 2013 A proposed rule published Wednesday would update the Federal Acquisition Regulation to help agencies consider past performance of contractors in awarding new work while shortening the comment period available to affected firms. The industry appears receptive. As required by the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act President Obama signed on ...

Obama Chemical Safety Order Could Help Keep Peace Among Feuding Agencies

August 7, 2013 President Obama’s Aug. 1 executive order on chemical safety has raised hopes for improved cooperation among agencies that are sometimes at loggerheads over whose regulations and agendas take precedence in preventing and investigating serious accidents, according to interviews with Government Executive. In response to the April 17 fertilizer plant fire ...

OMB Updates Approaches to Faith-Based Projects

August 6, 2013 The White House budget office is clarifying its approach to federal partnerships with faith-based and neighborhood projects. Agency heads have been asked to flesh out procedures according to a list of general principles identified in a 2012 report, according to guidance budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell issued on Friday. A ...

Long-Sleepy Privacy Board Gets New Life After NSA Disclosures

August 5, 2013 The little-known Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, created in 2007 on a 9/11 Commission recommendation, was limping along for years with no appointees or staff leadership. All that changed with this summer’s revelations of domestic surveillance of Americans’ telephone activity by the National Security Agency. The board -- an ...

New TV Show on Agencies Spotlights Information Technology

August 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Washington-area ABC affiliate WJLA-TV debuted its entry in the crowded Sunday morning talk show schedule with a half-hour of interview segments showcasing the federal chief information officer, the top House oversight chairman and a new cyber-threat-tracking tool introduced by Nextgov. Government Matters, hosted at 9:30 a.m. EST by veteran Washington ...

IRS Told to Do More to Curb Identity Theft Fraud 'Epidemic'

August 5, 2013 Tax fraud by identity thieves is on the rise, and the Internal Revenue Service should respond by beefing up enforcement and do more to make victims whole, a House panel was told on Friday. The House Oversight and Government Reform operations subcommittee hearing put acting IRS chief Danny Werfel on ...