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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 stands by ID’s for tax preparers amid challenge to its authority

February 4, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service will continue requiring tax preparers to obtain a tax identification number, the agency announced Monday, days after the most recent ruling in a case challenging its authority to regulate preparers. Monday’s action permits IRS to continue, as tax filing season revs up, to use some 700,000 ...

Simplified rules proposed for agencies doling out $600 billion in federal grants

February 4, 2013 To hold agencies more accountable for reducing paperwork and reducing improper payments, the Office of Management and Budget proposed consolidating federal guidance for administering some $600 billion in annual grants and financial assistance payments. The proposed rule “is intended to both increase the efficiency and effectiveness of grant programs by ...

Whither the McLaughlin Group?

February 1, 2013 Perhaps you’ve noticed that the 31-year-old weekend shoutfest known as The McLaughlin Group has lately made itself scarce during the heavyweight Sunday morning talk-show line-up. Well, true fans need to roll out of bed earlier. After decades of prominence on Saturday nights and, more recently, Sundays at noon, “the Group” ...

Overlap found in most radio programs from Broadcasting Board of Governors

February 1, 2013 This story was updated to add comment from the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Foreign language radio and television programming supervised by the Broadcasting Board of Governors contains wasteful overlap and duplication, auditors found. The Government Accountability Office found nearly two-thirds of the U.S.-funded overseas broadcasts overlap with another BBG service ...

Procurement chief: Government shops as if it were ‘130 mid-sized businesses’

February 1, 2013 The government lacks solid information on past prices paid under goods and services contracts, the nation’s top procurement officer said Thursday. This is just one of the reasons he gave for the Obama administration’s push for greater use of strategic sourcing. “I know everyone buys podiums and tables and microphones, ...

Storm Surge

February 1, 2013 As Superstorm Sandy approached landfall on Oct. 29, 2012, a small, freshly minted office at the Federal Emergency Management Agency got ready. The National Business Emergency Operations Center, launched only two months earlier, organized a conference call with 330 representatives from the public and private sectors to talk strategy. Participants ...

Preventing the Next Disaster

February 1, 2013 When Hurricane Sandy took aim at the Garden State in October 2012, Gov. Chris Christie crafted what would become a nationally visible leadership response, executed in part from a specially designed information sharing facility in West Trenton, N.J. On the ground floor of the six-year-old New Jersey Regional Operations Intelligence ...

Pentagon policy chief: Furloughs are not a sure thing

January 31, 2013 The Defense Department’s top policy administrator on Thursday assured colleagues in a memo that media reports of coming furloughs in the civilian workforce “included many inaccuracies,” reiterating that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is working closely with the White House and Congress to avoid furloughs. Kathleen Hicks, principal deputy undersecretary of ...

Fiscal Talk Freeze-Out

January 30, 2013 With sequestration looming and political leaders conducting fiscal diplomacy via dueling press conferences, one might be forgiven for wondering whether a cabal of staff members employed by the White House and the House Speaker might be convening in secret to prepare the nuts and bolts of a deal to avert ...

Watchdog wants everyone on the same page about multi-agency contracting

January 30, 2013 The Defense Department needs to modernize its procurement procedures to take better advantage of interagency contracting, a Government Accountability Office report found. At a time when savings from multi-agency purchases of goods and services are key goals of the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration, GAO ...