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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Contractors to Obama: Enough With the Executive Orders

August 11, 2015 On the heels of a news leak about a pending presidential directive requiring federal contractors to offer paid sick leave, four major contractor groups on Tuesday wrote to top White House officials asking them to ease up on executive orders “for the foreseeable future.” With the White House issuing more...

Senate Republicans Propose Making IRS Independent, Non-Unionized

August 10, 2015 Last week’s four-part, 5,400-page Senate Finance Committee report blasting mismanagement and politicization at the Internal Revenue Service included several fresh accusations and a proposal for reform. Its contributions to the ongoing debate range from overlooked congressional testimony from former IRS executive Lois Lerner, to critiques of the National Treasury Employees...

Senate Panel Blasts IRS More for Mismanagement Than Political Bias

August 6, 2015 In the first bipartisan congressional report on the two-year-old controversy over politicization of the Internal Revenue Service, a Senate panel found IRS management “delinquent in its responsibility to provide effective control, guidance and direction over the processing of applications for tax-exempt status filed by Tea Party and other political advocacy...

GSA Teams Up with State and SSA to Boost Customer Service

August 5, 2015 To further the Obama administration’s 2014 priority goal of improving customer service, the General Services Administration on Tuesday launched a cross-agency program called “Feedback USA.” Citing the State Department and the Social Security Administration as agencies “where citizens use government services most,” GSA said, “Citizens applying at Department of State...

Flaws Uncovered in Vaunted Marine Corps Audit

August 5, 2015 In another blow to the Defense Department’s quest for a clean financial statement, a congressional watchdog has uncovered flaws in a Marine Corps audit once considered a model for military services, casting blame on methods the Pentagon’s inspector general used. A group of senators immediately pounced on the IG, whose...

IGs Aren’t Taking Justice Department Rejection Lying Down

August 4, 2015 Inspectors general collectively lost a battle last month when the Justice Department issued a long-awaited decision giving itself the discretion over release of documents involving national security wiretaps, grand jury testimony and individual credit reports. Now the inspectors general council and the Senate Judiciary Committee are calling in reinforcements and...

Construction Permit Streamlining Bill Clears Senate

August 3, 2015 Tucked inside the long-term highway bill that cleared the Senate last Wednesday is a bill sought by the construction industry to speed up the multi-agency federal permitting process while assigning an agency coordinating body, curbing litigation and increasing transparency. The Federal Permitting Improvement Act, introduced in January by Sens. Rob...

Watchdog Faults Accounting in Government’s Consolidated Financial Statement

August 3, 2015 The Obama administration’s procedures for preparing the government’s annual consolidated financial statement suffer from “control deficiencies” that contribute to material weaknesses in end-of-the-fiscal-year accounting adjustments, a watchdog found. The Government Accountability Office in a July 30 report said a review of fiscal 2014 consolidated financial statements concluded that the Treasury...

A Government Shutdown Looks Increasingly Likely

August 3, 2015 With one house of Congress already on August recess and Republican lawmakers readying a bid to defund Planned Parenthood in September, the chances for a government shutdown are rising on the pundit-o-meter. Longtime budget analyst Stan Collender on Monday raised his semi-mathematical odds for a shutdown from a previous 40...

Speed Up Efforts to Standardize Spending Data, Watchdog Tells Agencies

July 31, 2015 The White House-led effort to standardize agency data under the 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act shows progress but should be accelerated to circulate standards that would make spending data more consistent, a congressional watchdog said. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro told a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on July...

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