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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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House Backs Bill to Rein in Regulations

August 2, 2013 The House on its final Friday before recess approved a long-sought Republican bill aimed at reining in regulatory agencies by requiring congressional review of rules deemed to cost the economy more than $100 million. The largely party-line vote was 232-183, and the bill’s prospects in the Senate are considered slim. ...

Issa Subpoenas IRS Documents, Castigates Agency's Chief

August 2, 2013 Interrupting a routine hearing on identity theft and tax fraud, the top House oversight chairman on Friday ripped into acting Internal Revenue Service chief Danny Werfel for turning over documents too slowly for a congressional probe. He then announced he has signed a subpoena for the documents via the Treasury ...

The Lawmaker’s Art of Rushing Questions and Awaiting No Answers

August 1, 2013 Many a federal official has experienced the feeling of being used as a prop while testifying at a congressional hearing. Members of Congress often interrogate witnesses based on their own agendas—especially in this age of Web-streamed hearings and YouTube publicity—and with their constituents or fellow lawmakers in mind. At Wednesday’s ...

Bill to Prevent Payments to Dead People Clears Senate Panel

August 1, 2013 A bipartisan bill to sharpen the government’s tools for curbing payments to deceased people emerged on Wednesday from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Improper Payments Agency Cooperation Enhancement Act would provide agencies and inspectors general with new ways to coordinate on anti-waste and fraud efforts and ...

Obama Names Former Clinton Administration Official to Run Beleaguered IRS

August 1, 2013 President Obama is nominating John Koskinen, the executive who led the government’s response to the Year 2000 computer problem, as Internal Revenue commissioner, the White House announced Thursday. Koskinen most recently was non-executive chairman of Freddie Mac, and served on multiple corporate boards. As deputy director of the Office of ...

ATF Get Its First Confirmed Director in 7 Years

August 1, 2013 More than six months after his nomination by President Obama, B. Todd Jones has been confirmed by the Senate to be director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The 53-42 vote, which came Wednesday after last-minute logrolling among Senators following a new agreement on curbing filibusters, was ...

Chasing Efficiency

August 1, 2013 Properly trained project managers may be the key to smarter spending and more effective programs. By Charles S. Clark C urbing government waste and duplication likely requires training more specialists in program management. Federal agencies are behind private industry in training program managers to reduce costs in today’s climate of ...

Out With the Old and In With the New

August 1, 2013 In January, 300 Washington-area property developers arrived at the General Services Administration’s headquarters for an Industry Day presentation, to compete for the opportunity to build the next FBI headquarters. Waiting impatiently through delays at the metal detectors, several expressed irritation at the badge-wearing GSA employees who cheerfully skipped the line. ...

TSA Tries to Put Reports of Screeners Stealing and Sleeping on the Job in Perspective

July 31, 2013 Television news segments this week have embarrassed the Transportation Security Administration with images of airport screeners sleeping on the job or stealing iPads left by passengers in bins at metal detectors. On Wednesday, agency officials pushed back, telling skeptical House members that, on the whole, TSA’s workforce of 56,000 does ...

Coast Guard Moves to New Site as DHS Headquarters Remain in Budget Limbo

July 31, 2013 As the U.S. Coast Guard begins moving to its own headquarters – a first in the agency’s 223-year history – a plan to centralize the rest of the Homeland Security Department at the same site remains in budget limbo. The Coast Guard is the first agency to move to the ...