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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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GSA Managers Faulted for Overruling Contracting Officers

June 5, 2013 This story has been updated. Acquisition managers at the General Services Administration “undermined the integrity of the procurement process” when they overruled underlings and altered the administration of $900 million in multiple award schedule contracts with major software firms, an audit found. The managers' “improper intervention” in response to complaints ...

Pentagon Issues Priority List for Summer Furlough Period

June 5, 2013 Defense Department policy employees have received an updated list of priorities for the period this summer when most civilians will be furloughed one day a week. “Furloughs will cause significant challenges for policy's civilian employees, and for the organization as a whole,” Defense Undersecretary for Policy James Miller said in ...

Targeted Conservatives Detail IRS Delays, Requests and 'Intimidation'

June 4, 2013 Tea Party and other conservative groups appearing before the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday detailed the delays, “burdensome” requests and “intimidation” they felt from interactions with the Internal Revenue Service during the application process for tax-exempt status. The hearing also surfaced the names of employees of the nine-member ...

IRS Conference Waste Includes Speaker Who Paints, Audit Finds

June 4, 2013 Some 2,600 Internal Revenue Service managers gathered in Anaheim, Calif., in August 2010 were treated to $50,000 worth of comic videos and $135,000 worth of guest speakers, one of whom collected $17,000 to paint portraits of famous personages on stage, an audit found. The two-day, $4.1 million event staged at ...

Acting IRS Chief Begins Reforms, Says 'Solution is Not More Money'

June 3, 2013 Danny Werfel, the new acting commissioner of the scandal-tarnished Internal Revenue Service, stepped back from the Obama administration’s April request for a 9 percent budget hike, telling House appropriators the increased funding should wait for an all-agency review and implementation of management reforms. The response to the recent revelations over ...

Despite Turf Fight, Chemical Board Continues Probe of Texas Explosion

June 3, 2013 With no verdict in on the cause of the April 17 explosion that killed at least 14 in West Texas, the little-known federal Chemical Safety Board is pressing on with its independent investigation despite an ongoing turf battle with Texas authorities and the lead federal agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, ...

White House Unveils First-Ever Inventory of Federal Programs

May 31, 2013 Embarking on a project long-sought by lawmakers and government efficiency experts, the Office of Management and Budget on Friday released a unique inventory of federal programs in 24 departments. As called for in the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act, the inventory of some 1,600 programs was prepared by ...

IRS Could Reduce Abuse of Travel Cards, Watchdog Says

May 31, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service has in place an effective regime for monitoring employee use of payment cards during official travel, an audit found, but the agency could improve methods for identifying misuse by individuals and could beef up punishments for abusers. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration in a ...

Obama to Seek Much Lower Cap on Contractor Exec Pay

May 30, 2013 This story has been updated. Federal contractors would see sizable cuts in government reimbursements for employee salaries under draft legislation the White House plans to send Congress next week. In a bid to “stop excessive payments to contractors,” the plan would expand across the government a small provision in last ...

Agencies Again Must Come Up With 5 Percent in Spending Cuts

May 30, 2013 Newly installed White House budget director Sylvia Burwell on Wednesday instructed all agency heads to prepare for a 5 percent spending reduction in budget submissions for fiscal 2015, on top of the 5 percent cuts already planned for the yet-to-be enacted fiscal 2014 budget. “We have not had the regular ...