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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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Agencies Agree to Do More to Identify Contractors With Tax Debts

May 20, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A sizable portion of the “tax gap” of revenues that go uncollected by the Internal Revenue Service is attributable to current and would-be federal contractors. Though the IRS is prohibited from sharing such information with agency procurement staff, contracting officers are supposed to examine the self-reporting of tax debts from...

Agencies Agree to Do More to Identify Contractors With Tax Debts

May 17, 2019 A sizable portion of the “tax gap” of revenues that go uncollected by the Internal Revenue Service is attributable to current and would-be federal contractors. Though the IRS is prohibited from sharing such information with agency procurement staff, contracting officers are supposed to examine the self-reporting of tax debts from...

Consumer Bureau Chief Makes Her Mark as Rift Opens with Education Dept.

May 16, 2019 Trump administration appointee Kathy Kraninger acknowledged to Congress the existence of a stalemate between her Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Education Department that could affect the bureau’s ability to protect indebted students from loan company abuse. In a letter to senators last month first reported on Thursday by NPR,...

Ex-EPA Chief Logged $124,000 in Improper Travel Costs, Watchdog Finds

May 16, 2019 Ten months after Scott Pruitt was forced to resign his post atop the Environmental Protection Agency, a watchdog’s review of his questionable travel charges showed nearly $124,000 in “excessive airfare expenses.” EPA’s Office of Inspector General’s audit analyzed 40 trips (including six that were cancelled) totaling some $985,000 from March...

House Democrats Hope to Curb Diversions of Pentagon Spending to Border Wall

May 16, 2019 President Trump’s continuing effort to use executive branch authority to fund a southern border wall prompted House Democrats on Wednesday to introduce a bill to limit the Pentagon’s authority to reprogram military construction funds. The bill by Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., and key members of the Armed Services Committee was...

HHS Accused of 'Censorship' of Obamacare Website Materials

May 15, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Affordable Care Act remains on the books, but its opponents, guided by Trump administration policy at the Health and Human Services Department, are “censoring” practical website information on how to use the law, according to a new study by a nonprofit monitoring group. In the largest report yet by...

Democrats Critical of President Trump's Supplemental Budget Request

May 15, 2019 President Trump on Monday sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a bit of a “do-over” of his March fiscal 2020 budget request, seeking to move Defense, homeland security and NASA money to “correctly reflect” policies assumed in that budget. Preliminary signs indicate that Democrats now in control of the House were...

Pentagon Parts Contractor Draws Bipartisan Outrage Over Pricing

May 15, 2019 Last February’s exposure of over-pricing by a sole-source defense contractor prompted bipartisan outrage among lawmakers that exploded into view on Wednesday. The founder and chief executive of the TransDigm Group Inc. were grilled by members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on their alleged $16 million in overcharging for...

HHS Accused of 'Censorship' of Obamacare Website Materials

May 15, 2019 The Affordable Care Act remains on the books, but its opponents, guided by Trump administration policy at the Health and Human Services Department, are “censoring” practical website information on how to use the law, according to a new study by a nonprofit monitoring group. In the largest report yet by...

IRS Told to Do Better Research Before Closing Taxpayer Help Offices

May 14, 2019 The number of Americans visiting the 359 Taxpayer Assistance Centers run by the Internal Revenue Service fell from 3.1 million in fiscal 2017 to 2.8 million in fiscal 2018, as the tax agency attempted to save money by closing some centers and encouraging virtual communication or online tax counseling. But...