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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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Obama Asks Acting GSA Chief to Stay On Permanently

May 22, 2013 This story has been updated. President Obama on Wednesday said he is naming acting General Services Administration head Dan Tangherlini to take the post permanently, and to continue the reforms he has led since the agency was tarnished by the 2012 scandal over lavish spending a Las Vegas training conference. ...

Politics Didn’t Motivate IRS to Target Tea Party, Ex-Chiefs Say

May 21, 2013 “It breaks my heart,” said Steven T. Miller, until recently the acting internal revenue commissioner, addressing a skeptical Senate panel on Tuesday to explain how the next chief of the tax service will have to “put in place safeguards so that the American people can regain their trust that the ...

Is the Obama Administration Really Breaking Red Tape Records?

May 21, 2013 The regulatory burden on American businesses, as measured by the costs linked to the number of pages in the Federal Register, has risen under President Obama, according to the latest annual study by the conservative nonprofit Competitive Enterprise Institute. The count of proposed and final rules hit 78,961 pages in ...

Health Care Implementation Will Be Bumpy But Fruitful, Says Panel

May 21, 2013 The Obama administration’s quickening push to implement health care reform is likely to create success stories and debacles that differ across states, a panel of experts said Monday. But overall, the multi-agency federal effort to set up state-level insurance exchanges is proceeding effectively, despite prospects that GOP resistance to “Obamacare” ...

Rep. Issa Subpoenas Ambassador Pickering to Testify on Benghazi Report

May 17, 2013 In response to the recent refusal of retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering to agree to testify in private on the independent review he chaired on the September 2012 deaths of four Americans at the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, a key House chairman has hit him with a subpoena. Rep. ...

Obama Accelerates Permits for Infrastructure Projects

May 17, 2013 President Obama on Friday signed a memo aimed at speeding up the federal permitting process for construction of infrastructure projects designed to boost local economies and create jobs. The development coincided with release of a new Office of Management and Budget annual progress report and online dashboard for tracking projects. ...

GSA Mishandled Executive Bonuses, Watchdog Says

May 17, 2013 The General Services Administration circumvented processes required by law in giving out executive bonuses under a since-discontinued awards program, the GSA inspector general reported. In a report to acting GSA chief Dan Tangherlini, IG Brian Miller said the agency “employed practices that lack transparency and accountability,” creating “a system that ...

Agencies Need Congress’ Help to Weed Out Duplicate Programs

May 16, 2013 The success of any Obama administration bid to eliminate overlapping or duplicative programs may hinge on bipartisan cooperation from a turf-conscious Congress as well as clear and enduring metrics, a Senate panel was told on Thursday. Efforts to curb the proliferation of education programs promoting science and math, for example, ...

Pickering Says He Will Testify on Benghazi Only in Public

May 16, 2013 In the latest development in the fluid Benghazi investigation, the two retired luminaries who chaired the State Department’s outside review of the government’s handling of the September 2012 attack in Libya reiterated their refusal to comply with a House committee chairman’s demand that they testify behind closed doors. Former Ambassador ...

GSA Underpaid Small Business Contractors, House Probe Finds

May 16, 2013 This story has been updated with GSA comment. The General Services Administration erred in administering its multiple award schedules program and must now pay out $3 million in guaranteed payments to small business contractors, a House committee investigation has found. In a Thursday announcement, Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., chairman of ...