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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 Disagrees with Watchdog’s Diagnosis on Improper Payments

May 8, 2017 Ongoing efforts by the Internal Revenue Service to minimize erroneous payments for various tax credits remain an at unacceptable risk level, a watchdog found. Estimated improper payments for the additional child tax credit and the American opportunity tax credit exceed the statutory criteria “for a significant risk of improper payments...

Future FBI Headquarters Gets Most, But Not All, of Requested Funding in Omnibus

May 5, 2017 The massive fiscal 2017 spending bill President Trump signed on Friday contains most but not all requested funding for the new FBI headquarters planned for a site either in Maryland or Virginia. The Justice Department section of the massive appropriations bill contains $323 million for the project, while the General...

Lessons from a Long-Time Contractor in Afghanistan

May 5, 2017 During his company’s 16 years as a U.S. contractor in war-torn Afghanistan, Andrew Robertson grew convinced that “building capacity” through hiring locals is the best way to counter the ongoing military threat from the Taliban. Interviewed April 26 during a visit to Washington, the Dubai-based president and CEO of Automotive...

FOIA Requests Hit Record High, Processing Improves

May 5, 2017 Document requesters used the Freedom of Information Act in record numbers in fiscal 2016, but agency offices still managed to reduce the long-standing backlog, according to the latest annual report from the Justice Department. FOIA offices governmentwide received a record high of 788,769 requests, a 10.6 percent increase over the...

Union Urges Congress to Make Pentagon Quantify Services Contracting

May 4, 2017 The American Federation of Government Employees is asking Congress to step in and require the Defense Department to “improve the oversight and management for the vast sums it spends so carelessly on contracted services,” its president said in a late-April letter to congressional chairmen. “Anything less is handing a blank...

Tillerson Praises State Dept.'s Work Product, Promises Career Satisfaction

May 3, 2017 In his first detailed speech to State Department employees, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday said the agency’s written geo-political analyses were highly valued by the White House and invited staff to consider his efforts to modernize the department a voyage on a ship “we’re all on.” Tillerson made...

Panetta Continues Pushing for Pentagon Recruiting Reforms

May 3, 2017 President Trump’s efforts to build up the military’s weaponry would be for naught if the Defense Department is unable to attract qualified talent, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wrote in a Wednesday Wall Street Journal op-ed. Co-authored by former Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., the essay updated a March report Panetta...

House Panel Clears Expanded OSC Access to Protect Whistleblowers

May 3, 2017 In a bipartisan move to beef up whistleblower protections, a House panel on Tuesday approved a trio of bills to expand Office of Special Counsel access to personnel files and ensure whistleblowers have broader access to courts. Whistleblower advocates welcomed the move. “Passing these bipartisan bills illustrates our commitment to...

Transparency Groups Protest White House Lack of Reporting on Staff Pay

May 2, 2017 In the latest clash over disclosure practices of the Trump administration, 10 ethics and transparency groups on Monday wrote congressional committee chairmen asking them to review what appears to be a White House decision to discontinue a mandatory personnel report on the salaries of White House staff. The annual report,...

ICE and Border Patrol Still Struggle With Smugglers at Southern Border

May 2, 2017 Along the southern border where President Trump envisions a new wall, human traffickers and illicit drug smugglers continue plying their trade using tunnels, ultralight aircraft, fishing boats and recreational maritime vessels, a watchdog reported. From 2011-2016, 67 cross-border tunnels were detected in the Border Patrol’s territory around Tucson, Ariz., and...