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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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Bid to Privatize IRS Debt Collection Could Further Delay Highway Bill

November 3, 2015 Foreshadowing the budget battles likely between now and December’s deadline for revised spending bills, lawmakers are considering two controversial add-ons to the stalled highway trust fund bill. One would revive an experiment in privatizing collection of overdue taxes and the other would re-route revenues from customs fees. Both were strongly...

VA Settles with Psychologist Who Claimed Retaliation for Whistleblowing

November 3, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department agreed to settle and pay compensatory damages to a staff psychologist who was demoted and subjected to a hostile work environment after exposing time-and-attendance fraud and other financial irregularities, the Office of Special Counsel announced on Tuesday. David Tharp, a specialist in the post-traumatic stress disorder...

Watchdog Ridicules Pentagon’s $43M Gas Station in Afghanistan, Calling it Exorbitant

November 2, 2015 Shocking, incredible, exorbitant. Those were the hardly routine words deployed by an inspector general in a report released Monday blasting the Defense Department for spending $43 million on a compressed natural gas automobile filling station in Afghanistan. A similar station in neighboring Pakistan cost only $500,000, the special inspector general...

Fighting Back Against the Conference Spending Crackdown

November 2, 2015 Three and a half years after the General Services Administration extravagant conference scandal broke, scientists are warning that the crackdown on travel to confabs imposed by Congress and the Obama administration has gone too far. “The restrictions on conference participation threaten the quality of research at our federal labs, the...

HHS Grants Official Calls Shift to Uniform Guidance a Heavy Lift

October 29, 2015 The Obama administration’s nearly two-year-old push to pull the veil off grants spending and demonstrate results “is a very positive change” but also a “heavy lift” that will require time and a “change in culture,” a key Health and Human Services Department official said on Thursday. “It’s a new day...

FEMA Paid $250 Million in Duplicate Aid to Hurricane Sandy Victims

October 29, 2015 In delivering disaster aid to eligible victims of the 2012 Hurricane Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency paid about $250 million to some 29,000 applicants who had also received benefits from private insurers, a watchdog found. The Homeland Security Department Inspector General’s Office used data analytics to compare claims of...

Administration Stands Behind IRS Chief Amid Calls for His Impeachment

October 28, 2015 This story has been updated. Just days after the Justice Department declined to prosecute Internal Revenue Service employees involved in the political bias controversy, a House chairman introduced articles of impeachment against Commissioner John Koskinen. The Obama administration on Wednesday responded with two statements decrying the resolution drafted by Rep....

Recruiting Senior Execs Is Getting Tougher in ‘Gotcha’ Climate, Survey Finds

October 28, 2015 Insults from Congress, a retirement wave and pay scales out-of-sync with heightened workloads have combined to crimp the government’s efforts to recruit fresh talent at the senior executive and professional levels, a survey of federal employees found. A Senior Executives Association sounding of nearly 500 top-level employees shows “a lack...

Senator’s Push to Curb Administrative Leave Shifts to VA

October 27, 2015 The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday expanded his push to reduce the number of federal employees who, because of pending investigations, are placed on paid administrative leave and perform no work. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote to Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald to complain that the department’s...

Leaked CRS Memo Rekindles Debate on Protecting Lawmaker Confidentiality

October 26, 2015 In the latest wrinkle in transparency advocates’ campaign to open up the Congressional Research Service, a newly leaked internal CRS memo lays out the reasons why the agency must protect the identities of lawmakers who request individualized research. As reported by the Secrecy News blog of the Federation of American...