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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.
Results 661-670 of 2004

Small Business Contractors Get Boost in Defense Authorization

December 30, 2013 The defense authorization bill President Obama signed on Dec. 26 includes two sections designed to help small business contractors. Both measures were hailed by Republicans on the House Small Business Committee but critiqued by the American Small Business Coalition, a McLean, Va.-based membership group for federal contractors. The massive fiscal ...

Social Security Administration Asked to Improve Interagency Death List

December 30, 2013 As the compiler of the death master list of Americans used by many agencies, the Social Security Administration could do more to reduce data errors and erroneous payments to deceased beneficiaries by clarifying the risks, Congress’ watchdog found. “SSA lacks written guidelines other than the language in the [Social Security] ...

Agencies Beg to Differ With Entries in Senator’s ‘Wastebook’

December 20, 2013 Representatives from at least two agencies portrayed unflatteringly in Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn’s “Wastebook” released on Tuesday have weighed in with objections to how their projects were characterized. In his fourth annual compilation of some 100 ways in which, based on research by the senator’s staff, the government appears ...

GSA Reassures D.C. It’s Still Eligible for New FBI Headquarters Site

December 20, 2013 Not so fast, said the General Services Administration in regard to reports of a recent letter from the District of Columbia’s Planning and Economic Development office effectively withdrawing from the competition to land the new FBI headquarters site. The same week in which lawmakers and local officials from Maryland and ...

How Federal Investment in Highways, Science and Schools Has Changed in 50 Years

December 20, 2013 The government’s investment in physical capital, research and development, and education and training totaled $531 billion in fiscal 2012 -- about 15 percent of federal spending and 3 percent of gross domestic product, the Congressional Budget Office calculated in a new report. The extent of such long-term investment in highways, ...

Senate Approves Koskinen to Lead Troubled IRS

December 20, 2013 John Koskinen, a private-sector turnaround specialist known for having led the Clinton White House response to the Y2K computer scare, was approved by the Senate on Friday to be commissioner of Internal Revenue. The vote was 59-36. Koskinen’s nomination, approval for which required a simple majority following the Senate’s recent ...

Final Report Confirms Misconduct at Bush-Era Office of Special Counsel

December 19, 2013 Nonprofit accountability groups that were party to a whistleblower complaint against former Special Counsel Scott Bloch for prohibited workplace practices during the George W. Bush administration hailed the release on Wednesday of an inspector general’s report largely confirming their charges. Bloch, who in 2011 was sentenced to probation and a ...

OMB Simplifies Governmentwide Grant Guidance

December 19, 2013 Aiming to ease administrative burdens and curb waste and fraud, the Office of Management and Budget on Thursday announced simplified guidance for agency handling of the $600 billion in annual federal grants. Beth Cobert, newly installed as the White House deputy director for management, cast the effort “to reduce bureaucratic ...

The War Between the States Over FBI Headquarters

December 18, 2013 The northern Virginia delegation to Congress, along with a supporting cast from state government in Richmond, assembled in suburban Springfield on Tuesday for a dog-and-pony show designed to lure the FBI’s new headquarters to the Old Dominion. The press event took place as the General Services Administration was weighing competing ...

Vendors Doing Business with IRS Owe Nearly $600M in Back Taxes

December 18, 2013 Some 1,168 businesses that sell products and services to the Internal Revenue Service owe a combined $589 million in delinquent taxes, auditors found. Federal law -- as updated in the 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act -- forbids agencies from signing contracts with companies with unpaid federal tax liabilities, but the IRS’ ...