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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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Puppet Shows, Bomb Sniffing Elephants Make Senate's Latest 'Wastebook'

May 7, 2015 From bomb-detecting potential of elephants to National Guard spending on professional sports, the colorful tales of bad-optics spending just keep on coming. The newest Senate “Wastebook” compiling questionable agency spending, from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is shorter than its predecessor, based on more official sources and more likely to draw...

IRS Inconsistent in Rooting Out Its Own Tax Cheats

May 6, 2015 File this one in the category of “do as we say, not as we do.” The Internal Revenue Service over one decade tolerated “willful tax noncompliance” from 1,589 employees without consistent or clear procedures for addressing individual cases, according to a report released Wednesday by the Treasury Inspector General for...

F-35 Joint Fighter Program Flies Through Flak from Watchdogs

May 6, 2015 The F-35 joint strike fighter, already the most expensive U.S. weapons system ever, took hits last month from two government watchdogs, but it does not appear to have been thrown off course. A Defense Department inspector general critique of the reliability of the complex aircraft’s engine, following a broader Government...

Around Government

May 6, 2015 The New Rat Pack HeroRATs are on a global mission to sniff out danger and save lives. By Susan Fourney Hallmark could have a field day with this one: April 4 was World Rat Day (also U.N. Mine Awareness Day). OK, maybe a greeting card would be over the top....

Reimagining Government

May 6, 2015 If you stand on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington and look north across the Tidal Basin, you won’t see Alexander Hamilton’s statue in front of the Treasury Department. You’ll feel his presence as strongly as that of the marble man behind you though. The two pioneers of...

FOIA Requests Hit Record High in 2014

May 5, 2015 The Justice Department’s latest summary of all agency Freedom of Information Act activity in fiscal 2014 shows a record number of requests. “Agency FOIA offices received a record high 714,231 requests while also facing several other challenges including reduced staffing, tough fiscal times, and a three-week government shutdown during which...

IRS Approves Billions in Iffy Education Tax Credit Claims, Watchdog Says

May 5, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service approved $5.6 billion in questionable education tax credits on the returns of 3.6 million taxpayers, a sign that the tax agency’s ongoing efforts to curb improper payments needs bolstering, according to a watchdog. An IRS official disputed some of the findings. "The IRS still does not...

Lawmakers Aim to Streamline Homeland Security Purchasing

May 5, 2015 The third-largest federal agency needs to streamline its acquisition process and address continuing reports of waste, a bipartisan group of House members said Monday. In introducing a bill (H.R. 2199) to step up oversight and strengthen the ability of top procurement officials to re-work contracts, leaders of the House Homeland...

Obama Team Aims to Ensure Agency Performance Goals Outlive This Administration

May 4, 2015 The Obama administration is picking up the pace on setting agency performance goals, and has started the process of ensuring that the management priorities survive the transition to a new president, an Office of Management and Budget official said on Monday. Lisa Danzig, OMB’s associate director for performance and personnel,...

IGs Are a Taxpayer Bargain, Study Finds

May 4, 2015 The government’s 72 inspectors general—whose offices generate headlines but draw their share of attacks and budget reductions—also generate a large return on taxpayer investment, according to a study published Thursday by the Brookings Institution. Governance studies scholars John Hudak and Grace Wallack call the watchdogs “among the most underappreciated and...

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