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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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The IRS Explains Itself

May 28, 2013 While high-ups from the Internal Revenue Service have been publicly testifying -- or declining to testify -- this month before congressional panels probing the targeting of conservative groups' applications for tax-exempt status, the agency’s communications department has quietly posted a routine-sounding Q&A on its website. Labeled “Questions and Answers on ...

Around Government

May 28, 2013 VA's Oldest Beneficiaries Civil War survivor checks are among mounting veterans payments. Planners of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 were hardly focusing on the lengthy future of veterans benefit payments their action was locking the government into. But a decade later, federal checks going to service-disabled veterans and ...

Danger Zone Dispatches

May 28, 2013 On the morning of April 8, 2011, an explosion shook a self-storage warehouse in Waipahu, Hawaii. A cave-like magazine containing illegal Chinese fireworks seized by federal agents blew up, ending five lives and injuring six. All were employees of a subcontractor working with a Virginia-based company on contract with the ...

Senators Renew Bipartisan Regulatory Reform Bid

May 24, 2013 Senators seeking to “reduce red tape on job creators” reintroduced long-sought legislation to revamp the agency rulemaking and institutionalize the weighing of costs and benefits in the process. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., joined with a bipartisan group of colleagues to introduce the 2013 Regulatory Accountability Act ...

Obama Names Chicago Survey Center Chief as Census Director

May 24, 2013 President Obama has named John H. Thompson, the president and CEO of the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center, to be the next Census director. Thompson would bring four decades of experience as a statistician, including two decades at the Commerce Department in various positions. Census has been without ...

Making Government Faster

May 23, 2013 With sequestration ripping through the federal budgets, tools for increasing the speed at which agencies function take on greater importance, according to Norman Dong, the Office of Management and Budget official who recently assumed the duties of White House controller. “As budgets get tighter , we realize it’s going to ...

The Union and the IRS Scandal

May 23, 2013 Several, mostly conservative, news outlets have been publishing speculation about motives behind the decision of the Cincinnati-based Internal Revenue Service employees to group applications for tax-exempt status using politically fraught labels such as “tea party” and “patriot.” Their mulling inevitably gravitated toward the 150,000-member National Treasury Employees Union, which represents ...

Review Board Co-Chair and Issa Still in Discussions on Benghazi Testimony

May 22, 2013 The top House oversight chairman on Wednesday announced that former Ambassador Thomas Pickering, co-chair of the State Department’s independent Accountability Review Board, has agreed to voluntarily appear for a transcribed interview with congressional staff. But Pickering told Government Executive that “discussions are ongoing, and it is my hope to reach ...

IRS Official Invokes Fifth; Lawmakers Criticize Treasury IG

May 22, 2013 Sparks continued to fly around the Internal Revenue Service scandal on Wednesday, with a key official invoking her Fifth Amendment rights, a Treasury official stressing the independence of an inspector general, and Republicans expressing skepticism that the no higher-ups in the Obama administration knew agency employees were targeting conservative groups ...

Obama Asks Acting GSA Chief to Stay On Permanently

May 22, 2013 This story has been updated. President Obama on Wednesday said he is naming acting General Services Administration head Dan Tangherlini to take the post permanently, and to continue the reforms he has led since the agency was tarnished by the 2012 scandal over lavish spending a Las Vegas training conference. ...