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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 Mishandled Executive Bonuses, Watchdog Says

May 17, 2013 The General Services Administration circumvented processes required by law in giving out executive bonuses under a since-discontinued awards program, the GSA inspector general reported. In a report to acting GSA chief Dan Tangherlini, IG Brian Miller said the agency “employed practices that lack transparency and accountability,” creating “a system that ...

Agencies Need Congress’ Help to Weed Out Duplicate Programs

May 16, 2013 The success of any Obama administration bid to eliminate overlapping or duplicative programs may hinge on bipartisan cooperation from a turf-conscious Congress as well as clear and enduring metrics, a Senate panel was told on Thursday. Efforts to curb the proliferation of education programs promoting science and math, for example, ...

Pickering Says He Will Testify on Benghazi Only in Public

May 16, 2013 In the latest development in the fluid Benghazi investigation, the two retired luminaries who chaired the State Department’s outside review of the government’s handling of the September 2012 attack in Libya reiterated their refusal to comply with a House committee chairman’s demand that they testify behind closed doors. Former Ambassador ...

GSA Underpaid Small Business Contractors, House Probe Finds

May 16, 2013 This story has been updated with GSA comment. The General Services Administration erred in administering its multiple award schedules program and must now pay out $3 million in guaranteed payments to small business contractors, a House committee investigation has found. In a Thursday announcement, Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., chairman of ...

A Fresh Look at Sequester Harms From House Democrats

May 15, 2013 Minority Democrats in the House on Wednesday released an updated roundup of the impact of sequestration on agency programs, as prospects for a grand budget deal to reverse the automatic budget cuts remained uncertain. On a macro level, the Democrats warned of a drag on job growth and declines in ...

Political Pressures Harden as IRS Management Issues Grow Clearer

May 15, 2013 The scandal enveloping the Internal Revenue Service widened on Wednesday as the House oversight panel announced a witness list of top Obama administration officials for a coming hearing, and as tax policy experts parsed an inspector general’s account of the agency’s “inappropriate” focus on conservative nonprofits applying for tax-exempt status. ...

GSA Close to Unloading Two More Excess Federal Properties

May 9, 2013 The General Services Administration on Thursday announced two signs of progress on the Obama administration’s push to sell off excess federal properties, one a completed sale and transfer of an Army munitions plant in Arden Hills, Minn., and the other an online auction in the final stages of selling an ...

Senator Pressures OMB on Delayed Safety Regulations

May 9, 2013 In performing its much-discussed cost-benefit analysis on proposed regulations, the Office of Management and Budget is dangerously delaying key health and safety regulations, a senator has told newly installed White House Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell. In at least two cases, the delays are one and even two years past ...

Lawmaker Renews GOP Bid to Defund a Key Census Survey

May 8, 2013 A bill to reform the Census Bureau by repealing its authority to “conduct mandatory and invasive” surveys has been placed in the hopper by Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C, drawing criticisms from political groups, scholars and business interests. H.R. 1638 would force the bureau to discontinue a key economic survey, an ...

Push to Curb Payments to Dead Beneficiaries Intensifies

May 8, 2013 Despite recent progress on curbing improper payments, the federal government continues to send an unacceptably high number of checks to ineligible deceased beneficiaries, a Senate panel asserted on Wednesday. Lawmakers, auditors and agency officials embraced a series of remedies to improve accuracy of the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File ...