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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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Plan to Reorganize Agriculture Department Unit Surprises Lawmaker

March 24, 2015 An Agriculture Department plan to reorganize its Rural Business-Cooperative Service to focus broadly on economic development caught the House Agriculture subcommittee chairman unawares, according to an Agriculture policy newsletter. Despite authority under the 2014 farm bill for changes to improve service, Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., told department officials at a...

Union Decries Pentagon’s Proposed Cuts to Commissary Subsidy

March 23, 2015 The largest union of Defense Department employees is asking Congress to head off the Obama administration’s fiscal 2016 budget proposal to cut $4.4 billion over five years from appropriated subsidies to the Defense Commissaries Agency. In a March 18 letter to Armed Services panels, the American Federation of Government Employees...

Did an IG Vacancy Delay Exposure of Clinton Emails?

March 23, 2015 State Department Inspector General Steve Linick took office on Sept. 30, 2013, following an unusual five-year vacancy. Because that period covered Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of State, the absence of a full-time watchdog might have delayed a more aggressive investigation of her business use of personal email, according to...

Is Commerce’s Technical Information Service a Dinosaur in the Internet Age?

March 20, 2015 Time was when small business people and academics had to send away an order form or travel to offices in Alexandria, Va., to obtain specialized agency documents kept in print from the National Technical Information Service. But the advent of instantaneous downloading via the Web has rendered the mission of...

Justice, HHS Recover $3.3 Billion from Medicare Fraudsters

March 20, 2015 A joint-agency pursuit of phony Medicare claims by the Justice and Health and Human Services departments returned $3.3 billion to the U.S. Treasury and to victims, an inspector general found. In its fiscal 2014 annual report on the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program, in which federal agencies cooperate...

Reverse Auctions Once Again in Lawmakers' Crosshairs

March 20, 2015 Lawmakers are marshaling arguments to restrict the contracting tool called a reverse auction, criticizing agency reliance on a practice dominated by a single private firm at a Thursday hearing of the House Small Business subcommittee. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., who has introduced H.R. 1444 to limit reverse auctions, said that...

Agencies Could Do More to Convert Properties to Aid Homeless

March 19, 2015 For decades, agencies seeking to sell off unneeded facilities have been required to offer groups that help the homeless a shot at acquiring or leasing their empty space. But too often the Defense and Housing and Urban Development departments operating under Base Closure and Realignment Commission rules fail to track...

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Calls for Chemical Safety Board Firings

March 19, 2015 The woes of the Chemical Safety Board intensified on Thursday with the release of a bipartisan letter from 14 members of the House Oversight and Government Reform panel calling on President Obama to fire three of the board’s top officials, including Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso. Citing misleading testimony, improper use of...

IRS Won’t Have to Furlough Employees After All, Commissioner Says

March 18, 2015 The threat of a “shutdown” at the IRS has eased, Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen told a House panel on Wednesday. Prospects for one or two-day furloughs, which he predicted in December, depended on the extent of savings achieved by reducing overtime hours during filing season, he said, and sufficient...

Agencies Will Cut 100 Million Hours of Paperwork, White House Says

March 18, 2015 President Obama’s 2011 regulatory review process is on track to save $20 billion over five years and eliminate 100 million hours of paperwork, according to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. In a Tuesday blog post, OIRA Administrator Howard Shelanski commended several agencies for identifying outdated and...

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