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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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FEMA to Reopen Superstorm Sandy Claims in Light of Fraud

March 12, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency will reopen some 144,000 claims filed by victims of Superstorm Sandy in 2012 in light of recent news reports of insurance company fraud under the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA also confirmed to Government Executive reports that the head of the flood program, David Miller,...

Confidence in Government Hits Record Lows

March 12, 2015 Given Washington’s ongoing political stalemates and scandals, it is perhaps no surprise that Americans’ confidence in the three branches of government shrunk to record lows in the latest of a four-decade-old annual survey. The Supreme Court enjoyed confidence of only 23 percent of respondents to the annual Associated Press-NORC General...

Hostile Takeover

March 12, 2015 On some days, federal officials must feel torn as to whether they’d rather testify before Congress or undergo a root canal.Danny Werfel had been acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service just 34 days when he entered the lion’s den of a tense House Ways and Means Committee hearing room...

IRS Reaches Out to Taxpayers Who Left $1 Billion on the Table

March 11, 2015 Though some deride the Internal Revenue Service as “confiscatory,” the tax agency on Wednesday acted more like a state lottery authority imploring the winning ticket holders to come forward. Some 1.1 million Americans in 50 states are eligible cumulatively for more than $1 billion in unclaimed refunds left over from...

Justice Department Isn't Tracking All Sex Offenders in Witness Protection

March 11, 2015 The government’s Witness Protection Program was founded 45 years ago to safeguard witnesses to serious crimes. But lax oversight of sex offenders participating in the program may be jeopardizing public safety, the Justice Department inspector general reported on Wednesday. Supervision of the U.S. Marshals Service Witness Protection Program includes insufficient...

Senator Seeks Answers on Use of Private Email by Special Government Employees

March 10, 2015 Among the many questions raised by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email account for work is agency treatment of “special government employees.” This personnel category was created by Congress in 1962 in recognition of “the need to apply appropriate conflict of interest restrictions to experts,...

Which Agencies Are Best At Responding to FOIA Requests?

March 10, 2015 Of the 15 major agencies that receive the most Freedom of Information Act requests, eight improved their responsiveness over the past year but none earned an “A,” according to a FOIA “report card” released Tuesday by the nonprofit Center for Effective Government. The number of agencies graded as “failing” fell...

Watchdog to Agencies: Fire More Poor Performers During Probationary Period

March 9, 2015 Federal employees who aren’t cutting the mustard should be handled by well-trained managers and not kept onboard past mandatory probationary periods, the Government Accountability Office concluded. “Supervisors who take performance management seriously and have the necessary training and support can help poorly performing employees either improve or realize they are...

How Many 112-Year-Olds Are Still Living, According to SSA?

March 9, 2015 Estimates are that only 35 people worldwide are still living at age 112. But you wouldn’t know it from the Social Security Administration’s publicly sold death master file, which still lists as living about 6.5 million number holders born before June 16, 1901, according to a new inspector general audit....

GOP Tax Panel Chairmen Press for White House Emails in IRS Probe

March 6, 2015 In a coordinated effort between House and Senate Republicans, the chairmen of the two tax committees on Wednesday asked the Internal Revenue Service commissioner for emails and other documents that might indicate sharing of private taxpayer information between the Internal Revenue Service and the White House. House Ways and Means...

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