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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 Hits Filing Season Feeling Stretched Beyond Capacity

January 14, 2015 Gearing up to process more than 230 million fiscal 2014 tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be creaking under a heightened workload and reduced staff. Commissioner John Koskinen on Tuesday sent employees an email warning of “difficult steps” ahead as the agency responds to Congress’ recent budget cut ...

House Oversight Chair Vows ‘New Approach’ to Energy, Environment, Technology

January 2, 2015 Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announced a reworking of specialties on the House Oversight and Government Reform panel that he will chair when Congress reconvenes later this month, adopting titles that stress energy and the environment over economic issues and jobs, and creating an information technology subcommittee. “These changes will allow ...

Defense Agency Faulted for Wrongful Challenge to Contractor

December 31, 2014 The Defense Contract Audit Agency’s decision to reject $6.6 million in a contractor’s claimed costs in fiscal 2008 did not comply with generally accepted government auditing standards, the Defense Department’s watchdog found. The probe of a complaint received over the inspector general’s hotline substantiated a challenge to methods used by ...

CDC Officials Own Up to Missing Ebola Signals

December 30, 2014 Both the director and the top Ebola expert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged regrets about decisions made as the virus lulled and then spread last spring, according to a lengthy analysis published Monday in The New York Times. Dr. Pierre Rollin, the CDC Ebola specialist who ...

Pass-Through Contracts for War Zones Need Monitoring, GAO Finds

December 29, 2014 Three agencies working overseas that together spent $322 billion on contracting in fiscal 2013 need to improve guidance given contracting officers to reduce risk of overpayments, a watchdog found. Two-thirds of that money is funneled through prime contractors to smaller contractors who perform most of the work. Use of pass-through ...

Anti-ISIS Operation Gets Its Own Inspector General

December 23, 2014 Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. military’s campaign of airstrikes coupled with training of local troops to degrade the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, now has its own inspector general to watch for waste in the effort. Jon Rymer, the Defense Department watchdog, was named on Dec. 17 as the ...

Health Service Marks Banner Year Without a Surgeon General

December 23, 2014 When Dr. Vivek Murthy was sworn in as the 19th surgeon general on Thursday, his team at the U.S. Public Health Service was doubtless relieved, but they had hardly been biding their time. For the past 18 months, the office and its 6,800-member commissioned corps had been led on an ...

Lockheed Contractor Must Repay $27.5M for Overcharging Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

December 22, 2014 A defense contractor producing products and services for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan agreed on Friday to repay the government $27.5 million to settle overbilling charges brought under the False Claims Act. The Justice Department announced on Friday that Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems overbilled the Pentagon for work performed ...

Senate Appropriations Chief: IRS Cuts Could Have Been Much Worse

December 22, 2014 Democrats, pundits and federal employee unions have blasted the massive spending bill signed into law last week for including a Republican proposal to slash the budget of the Internal Revenue Service because of its alleged political bias. But the cuts could have been far worse, outgoing Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman ...

EPA’s Budget Cut Shrinks Staff to Smallest Since 1989

December 22, 2014 The Environmental Protection Agency found itself among the losers in the massive fiscal 2015 spending bill signed last week by President Obama, absorbing a plan for heightened oversight and a $60 million cut that shrinks its staffing to the lowest levels since 1989. This continues five straight years of reductions. ...