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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 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. ...

Politics Didn’t Motivate IRS to Target Tea Party, Ex-Chiefs Say

May 21, 2013 “It breaks my heart,” said Steven T. Miller, until recently the acting internal revenue commissioner, addressing a skeptical Senate panel on Tuesday to explain how the next chief of the tax service will have to “put in place safeguards so that the American people can regain their trust that the ...

Is the Obama Administration Really Breaking Red Tape Records?

May 21, 2013 The regulatory burden on American businesses, as measured by the costs linked to the number of pages in the Federal Register, has risen under President Obama, according to the latest annual study by the conservative nonprofit Competitive Enterprise Institute. The count of proposed and final rules hit 78,961 pages in ...

Health Care Implementation Will Be Bumpy But Fruitful, Says Panel

May 21, 2013 The Obama administration’s quickening push to implement health care reform is likely to create success stories and debacles that differ across states, a panel of experts said Monday. But overall, the multi-agency federal effort to set up state-level insurance exchanges is proceeding effectively, despite prospects that GOP resistance to “Obamacare” ...

Rep. Issa Subpoenas Ambassador Pickering to Testify on Benghazi Report

May 17, 2013 In response to the recent refusal of retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering to agree to testify in private on the independent review he chaired on the September 2012 deaths of four Americans at the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, a key House chairman has hit him with a subpoena. Rep. ...

Obama Accelerates Permits for Infrastructure Projects

May 17, 2013 President Obama on Friday signed a memo aimed at speeding up the federal permitting process for construction of infrastructure projects designed to boost local economies and create jobs. The development coincided with release of a new Office of Management and Budget annual progress report and online dashboard for tracking projects. ...

GSA Mishandled Executive Bonuses, Watchdog Says

May 17, 2013 The General Services Administration circumvented processes required by law in giving out executive bonuses under a since-discontinued awards program, the GSA inspector general reported. In a report to acting GSA chief Dan Tangherlini, IG Brian Miller said the agency “employed practices that lack transparency and accountability,” creating “a system that ...