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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OMB's Management Side May Coordinate Earlier With Budgeteers

February 13, 2015 The head of the Office of Management and Budget on Thursday gathered staff for a post-mortem on the fiscal 2016 budget release, OMB’s controllers told an accounting conference. The upshot, said Deputy Controller Mark Reger, was that “OMB examiners are by far the biggest advocates for their agencies, and a...

IRS Welcomes Jump in Taxpayers Using Its Website

February 13, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service on Thursday announced that visitors to the website have risen by 20 percent over last year’s rate, and that the percentage of taxpayers filing electronic returns climbed to 96 percent. Both developments are welcome because Commissioner John Koskinen has warned that budget cuts will leave...

IRS Chief Refuses to Apologize to Lawmakers on Missing Emails

February 12, 2015 Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen late Wednesday turned aside a demand that he apologize for untimely notification of Congress that the tax agency had lost thousands of emails sought by investigators probing political targeting allegations. At a hearing on agencies perpetually on the Government Accountability Office’s high risk-list, Rep. Jim...

Senator Demands IRS Explanation of Email Recovery

February 11, 2015 Reacting to a fresh briefing from an inspector general, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday wrote the Internal Revenue commissioner demanding details on how the tax agency may have missed key emails requested by congressional investigators from former IRS Exempt Organizations division director...

Veterans Health Care and IT Acquisition Added to GAO's High-Risk List

February 11, 2015 Agencies have made “solid, steady progress” in addressing the vast majority of the Government Accountability Office’s high-risk areas, but concerns remain over the low percentage of recommendations actually implemented, the watchdog told Congress on Wednesday, Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, in releasing the 2015 update of the list to the Senate...

Uncle Sam Agrees to Publish 'Largest Index of Government Data in the World'

February 10, 2015 In a victory for transparency advocates, the Office of Management and Budget on Friday acceded to a Freedom of Information Act request that it release for the first time a centralized set of inventories of the data sets kept by each federal agency. The Sunlight Foundation had enlisted a law...

House Benghazi Probe Has Nothing New—Yet

February 9, 2015 The House Select Committee on Benghazi on Friday published a list of 20 high-profile witnesses it plans to interview before April, including former CIA Director David Petraeus, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey. But the committee itself remains divided along partisan lines over procedures...

New Oversight Panel Leadership, Same Tensions Over House IRS Probe

February 9, 2015 A month into his chairmanship of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is raising expectations for new twists in the controversy over political targeting at the Internal Revenue Service. In comments published Feb. 7 in the Wall Street Journal, Chaffetz sought to reassure editorialists worried...

Air Force General's Treason Comments Spark Investigation

February 8, 2015 The years-in-the-making debate over whether the Air Force should scrap its A-10 Warthog attack aircraft in favor of the over-budget F-35 has taken a harsh rhetorical turn. A two-star general last month reportedly accused Air Force pilots who tell Congress about successes of the four-decade-old Warthog of committing “treason,” drawing...

IG Probes Air Force 2-Star’s Treason Charge

February 6, 2015 The years-in-the-making debate over whether the Air Force should scrap its A-10 Warthog attack aircraft in favor of the over-budget F-35 has taken a harsh rhetorical turn. A two-star general last month reportedly accused Air Force pilots who tell Congress about successes of the four-decade-old Warthog of committing “treason,” drawing...

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