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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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IRS Scrutinized Progressive Groups as Well as Tea Party

June 25, 2013 Newly released Internal Revenue Service documents show that “be on the lookout” lists the agency used to process applications for tax-exempt status included progressive groups as well as tea party organizations, a fact not communicated in the inspector general’s report that triggered the IRS scandal, a key House Democrat has ...

USAID Producing 'Mixed Results' in Rebuilding Haiti, GAO Finds

June 25, 2013 Construction of a key port, power plant and permanent housing in earthquake-scarred Haiti has been delayed due to the U.S. Agency for International Development’s lack of expertise and unrealistic timeframes for contracts, said an audit released Tuesday. The Government Accountability Office said the agency as of March had achieved “mixed ...

Report: IRS Screening Tactics Violated Agency’s Mission Statement

June 24, 2013 Acting Internal Revenue Commissioner Danny Werfel on Monday released results of his promised 30-day internal review of the agency’s mishandling of applications for tax-exempt status from conservative nonprofits, confirming that IRS has ended the use of so-called “be on the lookout” lists and is creating a process for possible disciplinary ...

Obama Nominates a Pentagon Inspector General

June 24, 2013 President Obama has named an experienced auditor to fill the vacant Pentagon inspector general’s position with his choice of Jon Rymer, currently the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's IG. Rymer, who has been at the FDIC for seven years, previously served as interim IG for the Securities and Exchange Commission. His ...

Looser Rules on Airline Passenger Electronics May Take Flight

June 21, 2013 The Federal Aviation Administration early this fall is expected to receive a long-awaited advisory board report recommending that the government ease the unpopular safety requirement that all airline passengers turn off their personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. As reported in a front-page Wall Street Journal story on Friday, ...

A Better-Prepped FBI Director?

June 20, 2013 Conservative lawmakers and media outlets took notice on June 13 when departing FBI Director Robert Mueller appeared to muff an answer to a question on progress the bureau might be making in investigating the Internal Revenue Service for mishandling applications from largely conservative nonprofits seeking tax-exempt status. In a repartee ...

Federal Contractors Failing to Pay Afghan Subcontractors, IG Finds

June 20, 2013 U.S. contractors in war-torn Afghanistan have repeatedly failed to pay their subcontractors, prompting strikes, work stoppages and death threats at a time when U.S. forces are preparing to withdraw, a key inspector general warned on Thursday. In an alert letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ...

Paying Contractors No More Than Biden Makes Could Save $440M a Year

June 20, 2013 A fresh estimate of how much the Defense Department shells out to reimburse major contractors for their executive salaries has revived an ongoing debate and prompted reintroduction of legislation to cap the compensation at the level of the vice president’s salary. The Government Accountability Office on Wednesday released results of ...

Pentagon Financial Execs in Uncharted Waters, Survey Shows

June 19, 2013 Budget uncertainty, low morale and obstacles to audit readiness are combining to confront Defense Department financial executives with an unprecedented storm of challenges, according to a survey released on Wednesday. Ninety-four percent of the 1,006 respondents said the current environment of planned defense budget cuts and across-the-board cuts due to ...

Acting GSA Chief Impresses Senators As Agency’s Mr. Fix-It

June 18, 2013 After 14 months at the helm of the scandal-tarnished General Services Administration, Dan Tangherlini enjoyed a warm welcome from senators at his Tuesday confirmation hearing, delivering specifics on past and future cost savings in areas from conference planning, federal real estate and relationships with contractors. “From my first day on ...