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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The Power Of Panels, Probes and Pardons

January 21, 2014 When federal witnesses get hauled before the cameras, it’s sometimes a sign of historic high crimes and misdemeanors, and sometimes it’s merely partisan posturing and shooting blanks. Longtime scholar and government reform advocate Paul C. Light set out to determine which of some 100 federal investigations during the past seven...

Powered by Mission

January 21, 2014 Engineers at NASA became near sex symbols on YouTube in the fall of 2012 because of footage showing them erupting with joy at the Curiosity rover’s successful landing on Mars. The Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call Registry, inaugurated in 2003, has become a hit with millions of consumers fed...

IRS Training Guidance Doesn’t Appear to Have a Smoking Gun

January 17, 2014 After an eight-month legal tug-of-war, the Internal Revenue Service released a large batch of training documents used by its Exempt Organizations Division in the lead-up to the controversial extra scrutiny applied to largely conservative applicants for tax-exempt status, the nonprofit publisher Tax Analysts announced on Friday. The 1,200 pages from...

Innovation Fellows Detail Efforts to Improve Agency Operations

January 17, 2014 The presidential innovation fellows, often presumed to be recent grads with no real work experience, in reality are “experienced people with skill sets in high demand, such as coders and designers,” said Lena Trudeau, who directs the White House program from her post as an associate commissioner at the General...

Federal Contractors Saw Available Work Shrink in 2013

January 16, 2014 Federal contracting shrunk by $58 billion in fiscal 2013, or 11 percent from the previous year, according to a New York Times analysis published Thursday. The change marked the largest decline in a decade, the NYT analysis said, and left companies across the country scrambling to diversify their capabilities. Joe...

Agency Watchdogs Could Get More Freedom to Roam

January 16, 2014 Given their dual-hatted role reporting both to agency heads and to Congress, inspectors general should be given new exemptions from privacy and paperwork reduction restrictions that allow employees under investigation to slow-walk access to documents and witnesses, a House panel was told on Wednesday. “It is my hope that Congress...

West Virginia Water Contamination Prompts Federal Response

January 16, 2014 The dangerous chemical plume beginning on Jan. 9 that spoiled the water supply for 300,000 people in West Virginia has prompted an array of responses in Washington, including rushing emergency supplies to the state, a field visit from specialized investigators and lawmakers calling for hearings on environmental regulations. As officials...

Federal Employee Groups Lament Loss of Congressional Advocate

January 15, 2014 Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., a 23-year House veteran whose work on appropriations benefited federal employees and agency offices in Northern Virginia, announced on Wednesday he will not seek reelection this November. Employee organizations and fellow regional lawmakers expressed sadness at his departure. “After 35 years as a public servant, as...

FBI Press Leak Indicates No Prosecutions for IRS Targeting

January 14, 2014 After six months of intense investigations, the FBI has concluded that no criminal charges are merited for Internal Revenue Service employees who subjected applications from mostly tea-party nonprofits to extra scrutiny, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday afternoon, citing unnamed FBI officials. According to the leaks, investigators are more likely...

Agency Conference Spending Down But Senators Still Want Tighter Controls

January 14, 2014 Embarrassments from conferences past—the mock “Star Trek” video made by the Internal Revenue Service, the mind reader hired by the General Services Administration—returned briefly to the spotlight Tuesday as senators quizzed administration officials on progress toward reducing agency spending on travel and confabs. “There is good news to report,” said...

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