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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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GSA Reassures D.C. It’s Still Eligible for New FBI Headquarters Site

December 20, 2013 Not so fast, said the General Services Administration in regard to reports of a recent letter from the District of Columbia’s Planning and Economic Development office effectively withdrawing from the competition to land the new FBI headquarters site. The same week in which lawmakers and local officials from Maryland and ...

How Federal Investment in Highways, Science and Schools Has Changed in 50 Years

December 20, 2013 The government’s investment in physical capital, research and development, and education and training totaled $531 billion in fiscal 2012 -- about 15 percent of federal spending and 3 percent of gross domestic product, the Congressional Budget Office calculated in a new report. The extent of such long-term investment in highways, ...

Senate Approves Koskinen to Lead Troubled IRS

December 20, 2013 John Koskinen, a private-sector turnaround specialist known for having led the Clinton White House response to the Y2K computer scare, was approved by the Senate on Friday to be commissioner of Internal Revenue. The vote was 59-36. Koskinen’s nomination, approval for which required a simple majority following the Senate’s recent ...

Final Report Confirms Misconduct at Bush-Era Office of Special Counsel

December 19, 2013 Nonprofit accountability groups that were party to a whistleblower complaint against former Special Counsel Scott Bloch for prohibited workplace practices during the George W. Bush administration hailed the release on Wednesday of an inspector general’s report largely confirming their charges. Bloch, who in 2011 was sentenced to probation and a ...

OMB Simplifies Governmentwide Grant Guidance

December 19, 2013 Aiming to ease administrative burdens and curb waste and fraud, the Office of Management and Budget on Thursday announced simplified guidance for agency handling of the $600 billion in annual federal grants. Beth Cobert, newly installed as the White House deputy director for management, cast the effort “to reduce bureaucratic ...

The War Between the States Over FBI Headquarters

December 18, 2013 The northern Virginia delegation to Congress, along with a supporting cast from state government in Richmond, assembled in suburban Springfield on Tuesday for a dog-and-pony show designed to lure the FBI’s new headquarters to the Old Dominion. The press event took place as the General Services Administration was weighing competing ...

Vendors Doing Business with IRS Owe Nearly $600M in Back Taxes

December 18, 2013 Some 1,168 businesses that sell products and services to the Internal Revenue Service owe a combined $589 million in delinquent taxes, auditors found. Federal law -- as updated in the 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act -- forbids agencies from signing contracts with companies with unpaid federal tax liabilities, but the IRS’ ...

Tightening Security After Navy Yard Tragedy Becomes a Balancing Act

December 17, 2013 The lessons from September’s Washington Navy Yard shootings should not include expanding metal-detector searches of federal employees, building security specialists said on Tuesday. But next steps ought to involve improved training of guards and heightened monitoring of agency compliance with recommended risk-mitigation procedures. Officials from the Homeland Security and Defense ...

Research on 'Zombie' Games and Romance Novels Makes Annual 'Wastebook'

December 17, 2013 One hundred federal projects were given the annual booby prize for waste on Tuesday in the annual roundup of “egregious spending” compiled by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. The senator’s “Wastebook 2013” shines a light on “wasteful and low-priority spending” totaling almost $30 billion, he said in a release. “While politicians ...

Contractors Report Revenue Losses from Sequestration

December 17, 2013 Sequestration forced revenue losses on almost two-thirds of contractors in 2013, according to a survey by a consulting firm released Tuesday. Almost 31 percent of the 220 firms that responded to the survey by Market Connections Inc. and Lohfeld Consulting Group Inc. said their revenue fell by more than 10 ...