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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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It’s April Madness at the IRS

April 5, 2017 Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday gave a National Press Club talk on the “April Madness” that is tax filing season for his employees processing form 1040s from the nation’s 152 million filers. Below are some of his eye-opening numbers: $74 million. Amount in refunds issued so far out...

Trump's Defense Hike Would Violate Budget Law, Congress' Analysts Confirm

April 5, 2017 Though most lawmakers probably knew it already, the Congressional Research Service on Monday confirmed that President Trump’s March 16 proposal to boost the defense budget by $54 billion would run afoul of the 2011 Budget Control Act that equally caps defense and non-defense spending. A CRS report dated April 3...

Copyright Office Spent Millions on Flawed Computer System

April 4, 2017 The Library of Congress-run U.S. Copyright Office over the past six years ran through $11.6 million on a computerized royalty payment tracking system before quietly abandoning the project last year, according to an outside audit leaked this week. Because the Electronic Licensing system (“eLi”) coding project was pushed forward without...

Post-9/11 Intel Sharing Needs Fine-Tuning, IGs Say

April 4, 2017 Fifteen years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks prompted a reorganization of domestic security agencies, those agencies still are not sharing intelligence as smoothly as they could, according to an interagency report released on Friday. The federal, state, and local entities active in counterterrorism coordinate their efforts using “a national-level,...

CRS Confirms Trump's Defense Spending Hike Would Violate Budget Law

April 4, 2017 Though most lawmakers probably knew it already, the Congressional Research Service on Monday confirmed that President Trump’s March 16 proposal to boost the defense budget by $54 billion would run afoul of the 2011 Budget Control Act that equally caps defense and non-defense spending. A CRS report dated April 3...

The Un-Perk: Some Federal Executives Have to Buy Their Own Business Cards

April 4, 2017 Americans weary of federal overspending may have been surprised on March 19 to hear Trump administration budget director Mick Mulvaney tell a television audience that employees of the Office of Management and Budget have to pony up their own money to pay for business cards. “I don’t have a business...

Pay Freezes Helped Make Government Top-Heavy, Says Scholar

April 3, 2017 An updated count of agencies’ rosters of chiefs of staffs, deputies and assistants shows that the number of Senate-confirmed positions and associated jobs — the layers of leaders in government — increased more than 400 percent between 1961 and 2016. At the same time, many agencies have “widened” their hierarchy...

Post-9/11 Intel Sharing Needs Fine-Tuning, Watchdogs Agree

April 3, 2017 Fifteen years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks prompted a reorganization of domestic security agencies, those agencies still are not sharing intelligence as smoothly as they could, according to an interagency report released on Friday. The federal, state, and local entities active in counterterrorism coordinate their efforts using “a national-level,...

Contractors Resist Push to Post Contracts Online

March 31, 2017 In a move intended to make it easier for the public to see what exactly federal contractors do for the taxpayer money they receive, two Senate Democrats have introduced legislation that would require agencies to post the text of major contracts online. But contractors and contracting specialists are pushing back....

Comey on the Political Firestorms His Decisions Stoke: ‘Honestly, I Don’t Care’

March 31, 2017 If you think FBI Director James Comey agonizes over how he’s perceived by critics when he makes politically fraught decisions, you’re probably overthinking the matter. "I know that when I make a hard decision, a storm is going to follow," he told contractors gathered at a dinner Wednesday evening put...

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