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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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Political Pressures Harden as IRS Management Issues Grow Clearer

May 15, 2013 The scandal enveloping the Internal Revenue Service widened on Wednesday as the House oversight panel announced a witness list of top Obama administration officials for a coming hearing, and as tax policy experts parsed an inspector general’s account of the agency’s “inappropriate” focus on conservative nonprofits applying for tax-exempt status. ...

GSA Close to Unloading Two More Excess Federal Properties

May 9, 2013 The General Services Administration on Thursday announced two signs of progress on the Obama administration’s push to sell off excess federal properties, one a completed sale and transfer of an Army munitions plant in Arden Hills, Minn., and the other an online auction in the final stages of selling an ...

Senator Pressures OMB on Delayed Safety Regulations

May 9, 2013 In performing its much-discussed cost-benefit analysis on proposed regulations, the Office of Management and Budget is dangerously delaying key health and safety regulations, a senator has told newly installed White House Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell. In at least two cases, the delays are one and even two years past ...

Lawmaker Renews GOP Bid to Defund a Key Census Survey

May 8, 2013 A bill to reform the Census Bureau by repealing its authority to “conduct mandatory and invasive” surveys has been placed in the hopper by Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C, drawing criticisms from political groups, scholars and business interests. H.R. 1638 would force the bureau to discontinue a key economic survey, an ...

Push to Curb Payments to Dead Beneficiaries Intensifies

May 8, 2013 Despite recent progress on curbing improper payments, the federal government continues to send an unacceptably high number of checks to ineligible deceased beneficiaries, a Senate panel asserted on Wednesday. Lawmakers, auditors and agency officials embraced a series of remedies to improve accuracy of the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File ...

Longtime Whistleblower at the Defense Contract Audit Agency Keeps Discontent Alive

May 8, 2013 The Defense Contract Audit Agency has racked up its share of detractors over the years, being accused everything from slow processing of reports to leniency toward contractors who overbill the government. But perhaps its most insistent critic is neither the Government Accountability Office nor a peacenik advocacy group, but one ...

Deputy Defense Chief Renews Call for BRAC, Military Pay Cuts

May 7, 2013 Citing a “coming together of two great historic forces,” Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter on Tuesday said that the Pentagon’s shift to a post-9/11 defense strategy and its execution of spending cuts to reduce the budget deficit, “if properly managed, can reinforce each other” in achieving the defense posture ...

Senator Charges Justice with Cover-Up on Labor Nominee

May 7, 2013 In an unusual use of bicameral tag-team tactics, Republicans from both chambers of Congress used a Tuesday House hearing to challenge the integrity of Thomas Perez, President Obama’s nominee to be Labor secretary. At a contentious panel showcasing testimony by a whistleblower in a St. Paul, Minn., housing dispute, Sen. ...

Departures Leave Gap in OMB Management Team

May 6, 2013 Jeffrey Zients, the management consultant who spent four years as the Obama White House’s chief performance officer, left the Office of Management and Budget on May 1, an OMB official confirmed. Zients had served as acting budget director since the January 2012 promotion of Jack Lew (now Treasury Secretary) as ...

Obama’s Picks for Commerce, USTR Revive Reorganization Talk

May 3, 2013 President Obama’s announcement of nominations to run the Commerce Department and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative set in motion new speculation about prospects for Obama’s 2012 plan to seek authority from Congress to consolidate agencies. Before departing for Mexico, Obama on Thursday said he planned to send the ...