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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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Federal Register Clarifies When Rules Get Published

February 18, 2015 With the government officially shut down by the snow on Tuesday, managers at the Federal Register took the time to post a clarification aimed at eager lobbyists and interest groups seeking inside dope on the timing of coming rules and notices. “A question we get asked pretty often is ‘When ...

Agencies Actually Pay Attention to Most GAO Recommendations

February 18, 2015 Reports and congressional testimony from the Government Accountability Office often note federal agencies’ failure to act on past recommendations. But a unique study using data analytics shows that agencies ultimately have acted on more than four-fifths of the recommendations from Congress’ top watchdog over the past quarter-century. Deloitte Public Sector ...

Keys to Making Government Work That Are Hidden in Plain Sight

February 18, 2015 Too bad Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned under an ethical cloud this month. He’s featured among results-oriented reformers in the new book Government That Works, by business consultant John Bernard. A three-decade devotee of management theorist W. Edwards Deming, the author—who will be promoting his latest at this weekend’s National ...

Bipartisan Duo to Reintroduce Bill on Evidence-Based Policymaking

February 17, 2015 Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are renewing efforts to advance legislation that would create a commission on using program performance data to sharpen agency policymaking. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., will soon reintroduce the Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act, according ...

OMB's Management Side May Coordinate Earlier With Budgeteers

February 13, 2015 The head of the Office of Management and Budget on Thursday gathered staff for a post-mortem on the fiscal 2016 budget release, OMB’s controllers told an accounting conference. The upshot, said Deputy Controller Mark Reger, was that “OMB examiners are by far the biggest advocates for their agencies, and a ...

IRS Welcomes Jump in Taxpayers Using Its Website

February 13, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service on Thursday announced that visitors to the website IRS.gov have risen by 20 percent over last year’s rate, and that the percentage of taxpayers filing electronic returns climbed to 96 percent. Both developments are welcome because Commissioner John Koskinen has warned that budget cuts will leave ...

IRS Chief Refuses to Apologize to Lawmakers on Missing Emails

February 12, 2015 Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen late Wednesday turned aside a demand that he apologize for untimely notification of Congress that the tax agency had lost thousands of emails sought by investigators probing political targeting allegations. At a hearing on agencies perpetually on the Government Accountability Office’s high risk-list, Rep. Jim ...

Senator Demands IRS Explanation of Email Recovery

February 11, 2015 Reacting to a fresh briefing from an inspector general, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday wrote the Internal Revenue commissioner demanding details on how the tax agency may have missed key emails requested by congressional investigators from former IRS Exempt Organizations division director ...

Veterans Health Care and IT Acquisition Added to GAO's High-Risk List

February 11, 2015 Agencies have made “solid, steady progress” in addressing the vast majority of the Government Accountability Office’s high-risk areas, but concerns remain over the low percentage of recommendations actually implemented, the watchdog told Congress on Wednesday, Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, in releasing the 2015 update of the list to the Senate ...

Uncle Sam Agrees to Publish 'Largest Index of Government Data in the World'

February 10, 2015 In a victory for transparency advocates, the Office of Management and Budget on Friday acceded to a Freedom of Information Act request that it release for the first time a centralized set of inventories of the data sets kept by each federal agency. The Sunlight Foundation had enlisted a law ...