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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charles S. 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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House Clears Two Bills to Rein in Regulators

January 8, 2016 The House on Thursday approved two bills that would revamp rulemaking procedures at multiple agencies, largely on party-line votes that drew a veto threat from the White House. The Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act (H.R. 1155), sponsored by Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., would establish...

It Will Soon Be Easier for Investors to Access Company Filings on Their Mobile Devices

January 8, 2016 The Securities and Exchange Commission plans to modernize its website to ease public access to company filings via mobile devices under a contract awarded to Accenture Federal Services, the company announced on Thursday. Under the $17.9 million contract spread over five years, SEC.gov will “soon be easier to navigate, giving...

House Panelists Scold Five Agencies for Slow-Walking Documents

January 7, 2016 Officials of the five agencies subject to the most voluminous document requests from Capitol Hill took some rhetorical hits from lawmakers on Thursday in the latest clash between Congress’ oversight duties and the vetting responsibilities of stretched executive branch staffs. “Send us everything,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the...

IRS Faulted for Future Plan to Streamline Customer Service

January 7, 2016 A still-unreleased Internal Revenue Service plan for restructuring its customer service to cope with budget cuts could mean the agency is “on the verge of dramatically scaling back telephone and face-to-face service it has provided for decades to assist the nation’s 150 million individual taxpayers and 11 million business entities...

CDC Makes Modest Progress in Improving Lab Safety

January 5, 2016 A year and a half after a scare from possible laboratory exposure to anthrax, bird flu and small pox, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has demonstrated some safety improvements, but further management improvements are needed, an outside expert panel found. In a report dated Oct. 29 but released...

One-Fourth of Agency Leadership Posts Are Unfilled

January 5, 2016 As President Obama embarks on the final year of his presidency, the number of leadership vacancies around the government has reached as high as one-fourth of available positions, according to research published on Tuesday by POLITICO. Fully 103 of the top 379 Cabinet-level administration jobs are currently without a Senate-confirmed...

House Appropriator Threatens to Block Justice Funding Over Gun Control

January 5, 2016 The chairman of a House appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Justice Department has threatened to withhold funding in fiscal 2016 and 2017 because of the executive order regulating gun purchases that President Obama unveiled Tuesday morning. “The House Appropriations Committee will not provide resources to your department for the...

Homeland Security Launches New Crackdown on Illegal Immigrants

January 4, 2016 Following through on a plan leaked to the press before Christmas, the Homeland Security Department on Monday announced that its Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau this weekend began raids as part of “concerted, nationwide enforcement operations to take into custody and return at a greater rate adults who entered this...

Pentagon Workforce Cuts May Not Achieve Savings, GAO Warns

January 4, 2016 The Defense Department has failed to document budgetary savings associated with cuts in its civilian and contractor workforces, according to the Government Accountability Office. In a review of the Pentagon’s plans to trim spending by cutting jobs, the auditors in late December said the department in 2014 and 2015 only...

CBO Confirms: No Sequestration in Fiscal 2016

January 4, 2016 As promised, last month’s omnibus spending act will successfully avoid automatic cuts through sequestration in fiscal 2016, according to estimates required of the Congressional Budget Office. In a late-December report on the spending caps going through fiscal 2021, the nonpartisan agency said: “In CBO’s estimation, such a sequestration will not...