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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 Faulted for Future Plan to Streamline Customer Service

January 7, 2016 A still-unreleased Internal Revenue Service plan for restructuring its customer service to cope with budget cuts could mean the agency is “on the verge of dramatically scaling back telephone and face-to-face service it has provided for decades to assist the nation’s 150 million individual taxpayers and 11 million business entities...

CDC Makes Modest Progress in Improving Lab Safety

January 5, 2016 A year and a half after a scare from possible laboratory exposure to anthrax, bird flu and small pox, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has demonstrated some safety improvements, but further management improvements are needed, an outside expert panel found. In a report dated Oct. 29 but released...

One-Fourth of Agency Leadership Posts Are Unfilled

January 5, 2016 As President Obama embarks on the final year of his presidency, the number of leadership vacancies around the government has reached as high as one-fourth of available positions, according to research published on Tuesday by POLITICO. Fully 103 of the top 379 Cabinet-level administration jobs are currently without a Senate-confirmed...

House Appropriator Threatens to Block Justice Funding Over Gun Control

January 5, 2016 The chairman of a House appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Justice Department has threatened to withhold funding in fiscal 2016 and 2017 because of the executive order regulating gun purchases that President Obama unveiled Tuesday morning. “The House Appropriations Committee will not provide resources to your department for the...

Homeland Security Launches New Crackdown on Illegal Immigrants

January 4, 2016 Following through on a plan leaked to the press before Christmas, the Homeland Security Department on Monday announced that its Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau this weekend began raids as part of “concerted, nationwide enforcement operations to take into custody and return at a greater rate adults who entered this...

Pentagon Workforce Cuts May Not Achieve Savings, GAO Warns

January 4, 2016 The Defense Department has failed to document budgetary savings associated with cuts in its civilian and contractor workforces, according to the Government Accountability Office. In a review of the Pentagon’s plans to trim spending by cutting jobs, the auditors in late December said the department in 2014 and 2015 only...

CBO Confirms: No Sequestration in Fiscal 2016

January 4, 2016 As promised, last month’s omnibus spending act will successfully avoid automatic cuts through sequestration in fiscal 2016, according to estimates required of the Congressional Budget Office. In a late-December report on the spending caps going through fiscal 2021, the nonpartisan agency said: “In CBO’s estimation, such a sequestration will not...

The Whistleblower Who Won’t Go Away

December 29, 2015 One person’s whistleblower can be another’s pest. Testing that proposition for the past quarter-century has been Joe Carson, an Energy Department nuclear safety engineer whose complaints about workplace health risks over the years morphed into complaints about management reprisals against him and, more broadly, charges that the government’s entire whistleblower...

Government Transformation Boosters Want Another Commission

December 28, 2015 Congress and the Obama administration have been busy creating new centralized federal decision- making bodies. The House in July passed a bill to set up a commission to expand use of agency data evidence to evaluate program effectiveness. The Senate in November approved a bill to create a new program...

Conservative Legal Group Sues NOAA Over Climate Change Documents

December 23, 2015 House Science panel Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, is getting some legal backup to his campaign to pry loose internal climate-change documents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Judicial Watch, the conservative legal advocacy group, announced on Tuesday that on Dec. 2 it filed a suit in U.S. District Court...