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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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Lawmakers Aim to Crack Down on IRS Bonuses, Tax-Delinquent Employees

April 13, 2016 In the run-up to what one lawmaker called “the most unpopular week of the year,” the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday approved a batch of bills designed to make the Internal Revenue Service more “accountable.” The four bills before tax week would crack down on executive bonuses, tax...

The Most Politicized Inspectors General? Education, State and HUD

April 12, 2016 The government’s 72 inspectors general, though an underappreciated force in combatting waste, fraud and abuse, too often diminish their effectiveness by becoming politicized, a team of scholars said in a new study. “Political influence can manifest in the stalling of OIG investigations; making certain staff unavailable; providing slow or incomplete...

One Chart Showing the IRS’ Latest Batting Average on Combating Fraud from Identity Theft

April 12, 2016 No government or corporation has invented a fail-safe method for preventing identify theft. But the Internal Revenue Service—which has been under fire for allowing theft of taxpayer data—views itself as having a decent batting average in preventing fraudulent tax refunds claimed by criminals using other taxpayers’ personal information. At a...

Proposed FOIA Changes Could Shield Pentagon Documents on Torture, Contractor Abuse

April 12, 2016 Fourteen transparency, anti-government waste and media groups have combined to urge Congress to reject a Defense Department proposal to add exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act, warning that such a change would deny public access to documents on volatile departmental issues including prisoner torture, sexual assault and contractor misbehavior....

Military Services Inconsistent in Administering Voter Aid Program

April 11, 2016 With the 2016 presidential race well under way, the military services are hearing from their inspectors general that their mandatory programs for assuring that eligible warfighters can vote are inconsistently administered. The Defense Department inspector general, in a report released last week, found the service watchdogs doing the annual reviews...

Famously Secretive Intel Community Charters Council to Promote Transparency

April 11, 2016 In a move that will outlive the Obama administration, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence last week signed a charter for its new Intelligence Community Transparency Council tasked with “ensuring that transparency becomes a comprehensive and sustainable practice within the Intelligence Community.” The charter, signed April 5 by...

EPA Official Who Faked CIA Duty Moves to Halfway House

April 8, 2016 The longtime Environmental Protection Agency clean-air expert who skipped work while posing as a CIA agent has been released from prison and is now in a halfway house. John C. Beale, who joined EPA full-time in 1988 and helped run its Office of Air and Radiation with current Administrator Gina...

VA's Response to Three Whistleblowers Inadequate, Special Counsel Says

April 8, 2016 In the latest in its continuing scrutiny of the Veterans Affairs Department, the Office of Special Counsel on Friday reported that it was faulting the department’s managers for inadequate follow-up on three whistleblower cases affecting health and safety. The findings reported to the White House and Congress involve medical facilities...

IRS Employees May Be As Stressed As Taxpayers

April 7, 2016 A walk-in taxpayer assistance center run by the Internal Revenue Service in Los Angeles experienced such long lines at the start of the 2016 tax filing season that it began requiring appointments. Only the elderly or those with disabilities were provided face-to-face help by the understaffed IRS center, which lacks...

Senate Author of DATA Act Presses Agencies on Follow-Up

April 7, 2016 As part of a broad push for improving reliability of the government’s financial statements, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., on Wednesday wrote to 37 agencies asking for updates on their efforts to standardize and publish spending data as required under the 2014 Data Accountability and Transparency Act. Warner, who-co-authored the law...

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