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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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Special Afghanistan inspector blasts Pentagon, USAID waste

January 11, 2013 Wasteful spending in a major U.S. war zone is often the result of agency personnel failing to ask common-sense questions, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction said Thursday in his first public talk since assuming his post in July. John Sopko, speaking to a packed room at the Stimson ...

Taxpayer advocate says simpler tax code would improve IRS

January 10, 2013 In addition to other benefits, a simpler tax code would improve efficiency and customer service at the Internal Revenue Service, the national taxpayer advocate said in a report released Wednesday. She also called for increased IRS funding. “Tax code complexity strains the IRS’ ability to serve taxpayers, while a simpler ...

OMB identifies nearly 400 obsolete federal reports

January 9, 2013 As it promised in President Obama’s budget submission last February, the Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday posted a list of agency reports considered outdated or duplicative. The list of 376 at 29 agencies was posted on the newly expanded Performance.gov website and fulfills a requirement of the 2010 ...

Pentagon would furlough all civilians under revised sequestration, analyst says

January 9, 2013 Unless Congress achieves a deal to head off the revised schedule for across-the-board spending cuts, the Defense Department in March will be forced to begin rotating monthly furloughs of all 791,000 of its civilian employees, a prominent budget analyst said on Wednesday. “This would be a contracting nightmare for DoD ...

Second Veterans Affairs official resigns after conference overspending

January 8, 2013 Another Veterans Affairs Department official has resigned in the aftermath of a scathing inspector general’s report on poor oversight of spending on two training conferences held in Orlando, Fla., in 2011. A VA spokeswoman on Tuesday partially confirmed press reports that Alice Muellerweiss, dean of the VA’s Learning University, left ...

Report: Ex-FEMA official will plead guilty in Gallup conflict-of-interest case

January 8, 2013 A former human resources officer at the Federal Emergency Management Agency is reportedly pleading guilty to conflict of interest charges filed by federal prosecutors on Jan. 2. as part of a larger case involving alleged government contract overcharging by the Gallup Organization. As reported by NBC News investigative reporter Michael ...

Threatened delay in defense budget adds to planners’ uncertainty

January 7, 2013 Pentagon spokesmen’s recent allusions to possible delays in the fiscal 2014 defense budget have added to the fog of uncertainty surrounding planning for the government’s largest spending category, according to analysts. Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale on Monday told a panel discussion at the Brookings Institution that “some delay is ...

Issa quizzes SEC on possible overuse of consultants

January 7, 2013 The chairman of the House oversight panel is taking the Securities and Exchange Commission to task for spending an estimated $8.5 million in one year on consultants to help reorganize the agency to implement the 2010 Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on Jan. 4 sent a letter ...

IRS appears ready for most fiscal cliff changes to tax law

January 4, 2013 Like all agencies, the Internal Revenue Service must live with uncertainty in the next two months as Congress and the White House resume their fiscal sparring over sequestration, raising the debt ceiling and the March 27 expiration of the continuing budget resolution. But IRS managers tasked with programming computers for ...

HHS ushers in eight more states for health exchanges

January 3, 2013 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday announced that eight additional states have satisfied regulatory criteria in their efforts to establish health insurance exchanges under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. That brings to 19, plus the District of Columbia, the number that have been conditionally approved to partially ...