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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 Reorganizes Division at Center of Controversy

March 21, 2014 This story has been updated. The Internal Revenue Service on Thursday announced a reorganization of the legal team in its Tax Exempt and Government Entities division, the umbrella unit for the office at the center of the ongoing dispute over mishandling of applications by nonprofits seeking tax-exempt status. “Under the...

Republican Questions Treasury’s Authority to Delay Parts of Obamacare

March 21, 2014 The chairman of the House oversight panel this week wrote to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew seeking more information on the legal reasoning behind the department’s eight-month-old decision to delay the employer mandate and other provisions in the Affordable Care Act. The Obama administration’s decision to delay the law’s mandate that...

The Cheapest Contract Isn’t Always the Best, Acquisition Officials Say

March 20, 2014 Confusion over “lowest price, technically acceptable” contracts have rendered the Pentagon’s acquisition workforce “brutalized” by critics and the press who mistake shrinking defense budgets for a lack of ambition for innovation, a top acquisition official said Thursday. Katrina McFarland, assistant Defense secretary for acquisition and past president of the Defense...

A Real Smoking Gun on Politicizing the IRS

March 20, 2014 The New York Times on Wednesday published definitive proof that the White House used Internal Revenue Service audits to punish its political enemies -- in 1971. An obituary of Randolph Thrower, who was commissioner of internal revenue under President Nixon from April 1, 1969 to June 22, 1971, notes that...

Emergency Response to Los Angeles TSA Shooting Faulted

March 19, 2014 Communications snafus that delayed emergency responders and confused airport crowds hampered law enforcement’s performance during the fatal shooting of a federal Transportation Security Officer at Los Angeles International Airport last November, a report concluded. Released Tuesday by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners, the report drew criticism from the...

Republican Accuses White House of Possible Hatch Act Violations

March 19, 2014 The announcement in January that the White House was reviving the in-house political shop it abolished three years earlier has prompted the House Republican oversight committee chairman to seek documents from President Obama’s staff to determine whether the Hatch Act has been violated. House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell...

Panel to Probe IRS Employee Who Took Data Home

March 19, 2014 This story has been updated. A House committee chairman is investigating a recent report that an Internal Revenue Service worker took home data on 20,000 agency employees on a thumb drive. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., on Tuesday issued a statement saying, “In the past, the IRS...

Group Wants White House to Release Documents on Ambassadorial Nominees

March 18, 2014 The union of retired Foreign Service officers, having threatened to sue the State Department under the Freedom of Information Act, has received information that it sought for sometimes-controversial Obama administration ambassadorial nominees. But it has decided that the White House should be the one to make the documents public. The...

Security Clearance Reforms Include Better Access to Criminal Records and Greater Use of Social Media

March 18, 2014 This story has been updated. Seven months after the fatal shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, an interagency panel on Tuesday issued 13 recommendations designed to close information gaps in the federal security clearance process. The Suitability and Security Report documented a need for better information sharing, increased oversight over...

Wide-Ranging Bill Seeks to Shine More Light on Lobbying and Regulatory Process

March 17, 2014 A grab-bag transparency bill introduced March 13 would use technology to boost public oversight of program spending, standardize agency reporting on use of the Freedom of Information Act, shed greater light on lobbying and add new requirements for judges to disclose financial investments. The Transparency in Government Act would also...