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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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Despite Turf Fight, Chemical Board Continues Probe of Texas Explosion

June 3, 2013 With no verdict in on the cause of the April 17 explosion that killed at least 14 in West Texas, the little-known federal Chemical Safety Board is pressing on with its independent investigation despite an ongoing turf battle with Texas authorities and the lead federal agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, ...

White House Unveils First-Ever Inventory of Federal Programs

May 31, 2013 Embarking on a project long-sought by lawmakers and government efficiency experts, the Office of Management and Budget on Friday released a unique inventory of federal programs in 24 departments. As called for in the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act, the inventory of some 1,600 programs was prepared by ...

IRS Could Reduce Abuse of Travel Cards, Watchdog Says

May 31, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service has in place an effective regime for monitoring employee use of payment cards during official travel, an audit found, but the agency could improve methods for identifying misuse by individuals and could beef up punishments for abusers. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration in a ...

Obama to Seek Much Lower Cap on Contractor Exec Pay

May 30, 2013 This story has been updated. Federal contractors would see sizable cuts in government reimbursements for employee salaries under draft legislation the White House plans to send Congress next week. In a bid to “stop excessive payments to contractors,” the plan would expand across the government a small provision in last ...

Agencies Again Must Come Up With 5 Percent in Spending Cuts

May 30, 2013 Newly installed White House budget director Sylvia Burwell on Wednesday instructed all agency heads to prepare for a 5 percent spending reduction in budget submissions for fiscal 2015, on top of the 5 percent cuts already planned for the yet-to-be enacted fiscal 2014 budget. “We have not had the regular ...

Romney Readiness Team Reunites to Review Lessons Learned

May 29, 2013 Had voters decided differently, one of the first acts of a Mitt Romney administration in January would have been a green light for the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline. So reported former Gov. Mike Leavitt, R-Utah, the chairman of the Romney Readiness team that existed for several months during election ...

Former Fed Chair Launches Group to Restore Trust in Government

May 29, 2013 Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, a veteran of several government reform commissions, announced on Wednesday that he has launched a good-government organization of his own. The Volcker Alliance, which Volker formally unveiled as he prepared for a speech at the Economic Club of New York, “seeks to rekindle intellectual, ...

A Bureaucrat With a Name and a Face

May 29, 2013 A cri de coeur from a frustrated fed appeared in Wednesday’s Washington Post letters column. The letter came in response to law professor Jonathan Turley’s recent article claiming that the nation’s regulations are “crafted largely by thousands of unnamed, unreachable bureaucrats.” Marc Hartstein, a Baltimorean with 23 years of government ...

Acting IRS Chief Hires GAO Official to New Risk Management Position

May 29, 2013 In one of his first moves as acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Danny Werfel has named a new chief risk officer, the Associated Press reported. David Fisher, the chief administrative officer at the Government Accountability Office, will serve Werfel as senior adviser. Fisher will evaluate the agency operations ...

FEMA Opens Disaster Funds to Oklahoma Tornado Victims

May 28, 2013 A week after President Obama declared Moore, Okla., a federal disaster area, the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday announced that victims of the May 20 tornado may now apply for federal and state financial aid. The severe weather took 24 lives and demolished schools and homes across the Oklahoma ...