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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 681-690 of 2004

VA’s Use of Reverse-Auction Contracts Comes Under Attack

December 11, 2013 The use of so-called reverse auctions to lower contracting costs at the Veterans Affairs Department and General Services Administration came under tough scrutiny on Wednesday at a House joint committee hearing. Rather than saving money, critics said, the tool drives out competition, favors a single auction company and risks a ...

Federal Contractors Are Violating Labor Laws, Senate Panel Finds

December 11, 2013 As many as 30 percent of the companies hit with the highest penalties for labor law violations are federal contractors, a year-long Senate committee investigation unveiled Wednesday found. Forty-nine contractors were the subject of nearly 1,800 separate enforcement actions taken by the Labor Department from 2007 to 2012, paying penalties ...

Three Agencies Will Move Offices to One World Trade Center

December 10, 2013 As part of a long-planned effort to keep a federal presence in the New York City areas damaged in the 2001 terrorist attacks, offices from three agencies will move into the reconstructed World Trade Center, the General Services Administration announced on Tuesday. New York offices for the U.S. Army Corps ...

Nominee to Lead IRS Criticizes Recent Agency Budget Cuts

December 10, 2013 In a hearing truncated by a wrinkle in Senate rules, President Obama’s nominee to lead the troubled Internal Revenue Service criticized recent spending reductions but won support from the top two members of the Senate Finance Committee, in part through promising to cooperate with the panel’s ongoing probe of the ...

Does Divided Government Hinder or Help Federal Investigations?

December 10, 2013 When federal witnesses get hauled before the cameras, it’s sometimes a sign of historic high crimes and misdemeanors and sometimes merely partisan posturing and the shooting of blanks. Longtime scholar and government reform advocate Paul C. Light set out to determine which of some 100 federal investigations over the past ...

Agencies Make Progress Streamlining Geospatial Data Gathering

December 9, 2013 The government has taken positive steps toward curbing duplication in the data gathering from geospatial satellites used for national security and disaster response, the Government Accountability Office recently reported. But the efforts coordinated by the Office of Management and Budget and the multi-agency Federal Geographic Data Committee have left several ...

Is the IRS Overworked?

December 5, 2013 Given the heavy schedule of hearings and millions of documents Congress has demanded from the Internal Revenue Service this year, it should come as no surprise that the agency is showing signs of being overstretched. A glimpse inside comes from Tax Analysts, the Falls Church, Va.-based nonprofit publisher that sued ...

Treasury, Recovery Board Officials Embrace Efforts to Standardize Federal Data

December 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s time for the government “to come into this century” and recast agency spending data so that it’s standardized and interoperable, a key Recovery Board official told an industry breakfast on Thursday. Nancy DiPaolo, the independent board’s chief of congressional and intergovernmental affairs, said “it was so exciting” when the ...

IRS Reaches Electronic Filing Milestone

December 5, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service’s 27-year-old project of moving more taxpayers into electronic filing hit a milestone with the release on Wednesday of numbers showing a new e-filing rate of 83 percent of individual tax returns. More than 122 million returns were filed electronically in 2013, 45.2 million of them from ...

White House Makes Few Friends in Raising Contractor Pay Cap

December 5, 2013 In a memo quietly published in Wednesday’s Federal Register, the White House procurement chief instructed defense and civilian agency heads to raise the cap on taxpayer funds that can be used to reimburse contracting companies for the pay packages of top executives. Beginning with contracts let in fiscal 2012, the ...