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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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Federal Contractors Saw Available Work Shrink in 2013

January 16, 2014 Federal contracting shrunk by $58 billion in fiscal 2013, or 11 percent from the previous year, according to a New York Times analysis published Thursday. The change marked the largest decline in a decade, the NYT analysis said, and left companies across the country scrambling to diversify their capabilities. Joe...

Agency Watchdogs Could Get More Freedom to Roam

January 16, 2014 Given their dual-hatted role reporting both to agency heads and to Congress, inspectors general should be given new exemptions from privacy and paperwork reduction restrictions that allow employees under investigation to slow-walk access to documents and witnesses, a House panel was told on Wednesday. “It is my hope that Congress...

West Virginia Water Contamination Prompts Federal Response

January 16, 2014 The dangerous chemical plume beginning on Jan. 9 that spoiled the water supply for 300,000 people in West Virginia has prompted an array of responses in Washington, including rushing emergency supplies to the state, a field visit from specialized investigators and lawmakers calling for hearings on environmental regulations. As officials...

Federal Employee Groups Lament Loss of Congressional Advocate

January 15, 2014 Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., a 23-year House veteran whose work on appropriations benefited federal employees and agency offices in Northern Virginia, announced on Wednesday he will not seek reelection this November. Employee organizations and fellow regional lawmakers expressed sadness at his departure. “After 35 years as a public servant, as...

FBI Press Leak Indicates No Prosecutions for IRS Targeting

January 14, 2014 After six months of intense investigations, the FBI has concluded that no criminal charges are merited for Internal Revenue Service employees who subjected applications from mostly tea-party nonprofits to extra scrutiny, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday afternoon, citing unnamed FBI officials. According to the leaks, investigators are more likely...

Agency Conference Spending Down But Senators Still Want Tighter Controls

January 14, 2014 Embarrassments from conferences past—the mock “Star Trek” video made by the Internal Revenue Service, the mind reader hired by the General Services Administration—returned briefly to the spotlight Tuesday as senators quizzed administration officials on progress toward reducing agency spending on travel and confabs. “There is good news to report,” said...

Senior Execs Press Obama on Alternative to Presidential Rank Awards

January 13, 2014 When the Obama administration canceled the annual Presidential Rank Awards last June, it assured the press and an unhappy Senior Executive Association that it would come up with a cheaper way to honor high-achieving federal employees. Seeing no action to date, the SEA on Monday put out a statement calling...

Taxpayer Advocate Decries IRS Budget Cuts, Lapsed Training

January 10, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service is suffering from three years of budget cuts and sequestration, both of which are crimping the agency’s ability to bring in revenue, enforce compliance and train its employees to protect taxpayer rights, the National Taxpayer Advocate said. In her 2013 annual report released Thursday, Taxpayer Advocate...

Looking For Bipartisanship? Try the Crusade Against Government Waste

January 10, 2014 In a possible outbreak of bipartisanship, lawmakers from both chambers joined together at a hearing on waste in government Thursday and vowed to move legislation containing spending reductions both parties can agree on. The result was a lovefest of new promises to shrink the $680 billion federal deficit by means...

Former Pentagon Deputy Beth McGrath Joins Deloitte

January 10, 2014 Elizabeth McGrath, who spent a quarter-century at the Defense Department before leaving in November as deputy chief management officer, is joining the federal practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP, the company announced on Thursday. “We are delighted that Beth has joined Deloitte,” said Janet Foutty, Deloitte’s principal Federal Practice Leader and...