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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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Counterintelligence Chief: Contractors 'Kicking Butt' in Combating Insider Threats

April 10, 2017 Though some of the most damaging exposures of classified material have come from companies working for the federal government in recent years, the intelligence community’s 100,000 contractors overall “are kicking butt” in helping agencies head off insider threats, the nation’s top counterintelligence chief said on Monday. Anticipating threats “is a...

OMB Staffs Up as Trump Team Preps Agencies for Budget Cuts

April 10, 2017 As the White House prepares agencies for absorbing large-scale spending cuts, President Trump on Friday fleshed out his budget team, naming a deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and a regulatory administrator. Trump tapped the vice president for the conservative advocacy group Heritage Action for America, Russell...

Senator’s Bill Requiring Posting of Program Costs Might Itself Be Costly

April 7, 2017 A bill to expand the information on agency programs mandated to appear on the White House budget office website would cost as much as $18 million to implement in 2018-2020, the Congressional Budget Office reported on Thursday. The “Taxpayers Right to Know Act” (S. 317), introduced every Congress since 2011...

Trump-Run Agencies Are Ignoring Our Letters, Lawmakers Complain

April 7, 2017 Whether it’s due to the Trump administration’s sluggishness in filling vacancies or some more deliberate form of secrecy, agencies receiving oversight inquiries from lawmakers of both parties appear to be behind on their correspondence. On Thursday, ranking members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee joined with counterparts on the...

White House Formalizes Agency Duties to Curb Regulations

April 6, 2017 Ten weeks into the Trump administration, the White House has moved to centralize monitoring of regulatory agencies’ obligations to rework obsolete or burdensome rules to achieve an overall governmentwide reduction in costs imposed on the economy. Fleshing out President Trump’s Jan. 30 executive order Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”...

Defense Contractors See End of Budget Decline

April 6, 2017 The Pentagon, as the government’s largest buyer of goods and services, is ending a seven-year drawdown of acquisition spending, according to a study released on Wednesday. “The tide has definitely turned in the direction of contract spending,” wrote a team directed by Andrew Hunter of the Center for Strategic and...

IRS Revs Up Mandated Private Tax-Debt Collection

April 5, 2017 With hopes of shaving off some of the estimated $458 billion in taxes that go uncollected, the Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday announced the launch of its congressionally required program to farm out efforts to collect long-standing tax debts owed the government. The controversial approach—which union critics warn has failed...

It’s April Madness at the IRS

April 5, 2017 Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday gave a National Press Club talk on the “April Madness” that is tax filing season for his employees processing form 1040s from the nation’s 152 million filers. Below are some of his eye-opening numbers: $74 million. Amount in refunds issued so far out...

Trump's Defense Hike Would Violate Budget Law, Congress' Analysts Confirm

April 5, 2017 Though most lawmakers probably knew it already, the Congressional Research Service on Monday confirmed that President Trump’s March 16 proposal to boost the defense budget by $54 billion would run afoul of the 2011 Budget Control Act that equally caps defense and non-defense spending. A CRS report dated April 3...

Copyright Office Spent Millions on Flawed Computer System

April 4, 2017 The Library of Congress-run U.S. Copyright Office over the past six years ran through $11.6 million on a computerized royalty payment tracking system before quietly abandoning the project last year, according to an outside audit leaked this week. Because the Electronic Licensing system (“eLi”) coding project was pushed forward without...