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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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Pentagon Still Doesn’t Have a Grasp on Improper Payments, Auditors Find

June 7, 2013 The Defense Department is falling down in its efforts to comply with laws requiring a crackdown on improper payments, producing estimates that are “neither reliable nor statistically valid” due to long-standing weaknesses in financial reporting, an audit found. The Pentagon’s reported $1.1 billion in improper payments to contractors and vendors ...

Conference With Line Dances, Swag Wouldn’t Happen Today, Says IRS Official

June 6, 2013 Under current federal restrictions on conferences, the Internal Revenue Service “would not hold this type of meeting today,” Faris Fink, commissioner of the agency’s Small Business and Self-Employed Division, told a hearing examining overspending at a $4.1 million training event for held in Anaheim, Calif., in 2010. The event’s purpose ...

GSA and Trump Ink Final Deal on Washington Old Post Office

June 5, 2013 The General Services Administration on Wednesday announced a final agreement with the Trump Organization to lease the historic but half-vacant Old Post Office Building on Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. Under a 60-year lease negotiated over the past year, Trump will invest $200 million of his own money to modernize the ...

Panetta Too Frank with Hollywood?

June 5, 2013 Leon Panetta, back when he was CIA director in June 2011, may have gotten a bit too talkative at an awards ceremony out in Langley, Va., honoring the SEAL team that took out Osama bin Laden. According to a draft Defense Department inspector general’s report obtained by the nonprofit Project ...

GSA Managers Faulted for Overruling Contracting Officers

June 5, 2013 This story has been updated. Acquisition managers at the General Services Administration “undermined the integrity of the procurement process” when they overruled underlings and altered the administration of $900 million in multiple award schedule contracts with major software firms, an audit found. The managers' “improper intervention” in response to complaints ...

Pentagon Issues Priority List for Summer Furlough Period

June 5, 2013 Defense Department policy employees have received an updated list of priorities for the period this summer when most civilians will be furloughed one day a week. “Furloughs will cause significant challenges for policy's civilian employees, and for the organization as a whole,” Defense Undersecretary for Policy James Miller said in ...

Targeted Conservatives Detail IRS Delays, Requests and 'Intimidation'

June 4, 2013 Tea Party and other conservative groups appearing before the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday detailed the delays, “burdensome” requests and “intimidation” they felt from interactions with the Internal Revenue Service during the application process for tax-exempt status. The hearing also surfaced the names of employees of the nine-member ...

IRS Conference Waste Includes Speaker Who Paints, Audit Finds

June 4, 2013 Some 2,600 Internal Revenue Service managers gathered in Anaheim, Calif., in August 2010 were treated to $50,000 worth of comic videos and $135,000 worth of guest speakers, one of whom collected $17,000 to paint portraits of famous personages on stage, an audit found. The two-day, $4.1 million event staged at ...

Acting IRS Chief Begins Reforms, Says 'Solution is Not More Money'

June 3, 2013 Danny Werfel, the new acting commissioner of the scandal-tarnished Internal Revenue Service, stepped back from the Obama administration’s April request for a 9 percent budget hike, telling House appropriators the increased funding should wait for an all-agency review and implementation of management reforms. The response to the recent revelations over ...

Despite Turf Fight, Chemical Board Continues Probe of Texas Explosion

June 3, 2013 With no verdict in on the cause of the April 17 explosion that killed at least 14 in West Texas, the little-known federal Chemical Safety Board is pressing on with its independent investigation despite an ongoing turf battle with Texas authorities and the lead federal agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, ...