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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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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...

IRS Re-Hired Employees Who Performed Poorly or Misbehaved

February 6, 2015 In its quest for tax expertise, the Internal Revenue Service in recent years has rehired more than 300 past employees who had been forced out or left while under investigation for performance or misconduct issues, a watchdog reported. Though most of the 7,168 former employees called back from January 2010...

Energy Officials Were Confused About Secrecy Surrounding Electric Grid

February 5, 2015 Despite the well-known risk that terrorists could target the nation’s electric grid, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission displayed confusion last summer over whether to publicly disclose details of a “vulnerability analysis” of the nationwide electric grid, according to the Energy Department’s inspector general. “While commission officials took steps to identify...

House Approves Bill to Curb Regulation, Despite Veto Threat

February 5, 2015 The House on Wednesday approved a long-sought regulatory reform bill that had already prompted a White House veto threat, establishing a pattern likely to continue throughout the 114th Congress. The Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act, sponsored during the past four congresses by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., passed 250-173. It...

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