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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 Chief Defends Probe Into Unfair Scrutiny of Tea Party, Other Groups

June 28, 2013 Like the biblical Daniel entering the lion’s den, acting Internal Revenue Commissioner Danny Werfel on Thursday braved unrelenting Republican wrath over his continuing review of how the tax agency’s exempt organizations division came to single out mostly conservative applicants for special scrutiny. As lawmakers continued their partisan dispute over the ...

Senate Confirms GSA Chief, Two Top OMB Officials

June 28, 2013 The Senate Thursday night confirmed three of President Obama’s nominees: Dan Tangherlini as head of the General Services Administration, Howard Shelanski to be administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget, and Brian Deese as deputy director of OMB. All three nominees ...

GAO Gets Tough on Obama Implementation of Performance Act

June 27, 2013 Though the Obama administration has made progress implementing the 2010 update to the central federal management performance law, agency managers continue to face obstacles in measuring improvements and the Office of Management and Budget has delayed issuing needed guidance, a new audit found. The Government Accountability Office’s 83-page progress report ...

Taxpayer Advocate’s Solution to Scandal

June 26, 2013 National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson issued her required mid-year report to Congress on Wednesday and fleshed out one policy prescription that might head off any future scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service’s efforts to determine which quasi-political groups deserve tax-exempt status. In addition to her perennial pleas for greater funding ...

IRS Under Fire Again, for Handling of IT Contract Fraud Case

June 26, 2013 A top Internal Revenue Service deputy switched course on Wednesday and agreed that an information technology contractor who allegedly misrepresented himself to qualify for preferences should be denied a pending contract. The statement came during a hodgepodge hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that touched on everything ...

IRS Gets the Tab for $140 Meals, Porn and 'Decorative' Items

June 26, 2013 This story has been updated. The Internal Revenue Service inadequately polices its employees’ use of purchasing cards for transactions of up to $3,000, an audit found, and the agency needs new procedures for canceling the cards used by staffers who leave. “Inadequate procedures to identify, report and address inappropriate use ...

A Spiffed-Up Website for Obamacare

June 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Using cheerful language betraying none of the angry politics of Obamacare, the Health and Human Services Department has unveiled a new version of its HealthCare.gov website to help consumers prepare for the Oct. 1 launch of the Affordable Care Act’s state-based health insurance exchanges. “The new website and toll-free number ...

IRS Scrutinized Progressive Groups as Well as Tea Party

June 25, 2013 Newly released Internal Revenue Service documents show that “be on the lookout” lists the agency used to process applications for tax-exempt status included progressive groups as well as tea party organizations, a fact not communicated in the inspector general’s report that triggered the IRS scandal, a key House Democrat has ...

USAID Producing 'Mixed Results' in Rebuilding Haiti, GAO Finds

June 25, 2013 Construction of a key port, power plant and permanent housing in earthquake-scarred Haiti has been delayed due to the U.S. Agency for International Development’s lack of expertise and unrealistic timeframes for contracts, said an audit released Tuesday. The Government Accountability Office said the agency as of March had achieved “mixed ...

Report: IRS Screening Tactics Violated Agency’s Mission Statement

June 24, 2013 Acting Internal Revenue Commissioner Danny Werfel on Monday released results of his promised 30-day internal review of the agency’s mishandling of applications for tax-exempt status from conservative nonprofits, confirming that IRS has ended the use of so-called “be on the lookout” lists and is creating a process for possible disciplinary ...