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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EPA Accused of Inaction as Michigan Water Crisis Loomed

January 19, 2016 As the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint, Mich., continues unfolding, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has been accused of failing to take action early enough. The absence of controls against corrosion after Flint in 2014 switched water sources from the Detroit system to the Flint River was known to federal...

Budget Deficit Set to Rise Again, CBO Says

January 19, 2016 The federal budget deficit—currently at $439 billion—is likely to rise in 2016 for the first time since 2009, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported on Tuesday. In a preview of a longer budgetary outlook set for release Jan. 25, CBO estimated the 2016 deficit would increase to $544 billion, presaging...

House Chairmen Clash with HHS over Obamacare Funding Documents

January 15, 2016 In the latest dust-up over funding the Affordable Care Act, two key House committee chairmen have written to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell demanding more documents relating to the department’s funding of a component program in a way the lawmakers believe Congress did not authorize. Reps. Kevin...

Agencies Need a Better Handle on Whether Vehicle Fleets Are Bloated

January 15, 2016 A survey of five major agencies’ practices in leasing cars, vans and trucks for official business found that too many lack precise gauges for determining that all the vehicles leased through the General Services Administration were fully justified. The federal government as a whole leased 186,000 vehicles in fiscal 2014...

IRS Hires 1,000 Seasonal Employees, Plans to Downsize in Other Areas

January 15, 2016 The Internal Revenue Commissioner on Thursday credited Congress for a $290 million funding increase that will help reverse declining customer service by allowing him to hire 1,000 seasonal employees. John Koskinen told reporters in a conference call Thursday that the Internal Revenue Service’s preparations are “on time” for the 2016...

GSA Lease Rates Aren't Competitive with the Private Sector's

January 14, 2016 The government’s landlord could save money by bargaining more competitively when it leases space for agencies and by curbing unnecessary leasing fees, the Government Accountability Office found. The General Services Administration's lease rates exceeded comparable market rates by 10 percent or more in a large number of 714 leases that...

Budget Director Previews Fiscal 2017 Proposals in Baltimore

January 14, 2016 Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan on Wednesday traveled to Baltimore to help gain momentum for ideas in President Obama’s State of the Union address, unveiling several anti-poverty initiatives slated for next month’s fiscal 2017 budget submission. “Today’s announcements build upon the work this administration has undertaken in...

House Budget Chairman Wants to Rewrite 1974 Budgeting Law

January 13, 2016 The 42-year-old law laying out the congressional budget process needs serious reform, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., chairman of the House Budget Committee, said on Wednesday. “The Congressional Budget Office should be a lot more transparent and responsive to members” because the baselines it uses in its scoring of legislation “is...

Compensation for U.S. Iran Hostages Now Rests with Justice Department

January 13, 2016 The Justice Department was taken by surprise by the inclusion in the fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill of long-pending language to compensate the individuals and families of the 52 Americans taken hostage during the takeover of the U.S. embassy in Iran in 1979. The provision, championed by Sen. Johnny Isakson,...

Obama Asks for Political Reforms ‘To Reflect Our Better Selves’

January 12, 2016 In his final State of the Union address, President Obama on Tuesday night called for a “better politics” where Americans are willing to compromise and listen to other points of view. “The future we want — opportunity and security for our families; a rising standard of living and a sustainable,...

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