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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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Effort to Help Afghanistan Collect Customs Revenue Found Lacking

April 15, 2014 The ongoing U.S. effort to leave war-torn Afghanistan self-sufficient depends in part on the Kabul government’s ability to collect customs revenue, a dual federal agency project that could benefit from clear performance metrics, auditors found. Contracts let by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Homeland Security Department’s Customs...

Transparency Group Wants to Know If HUD’s Promotion of Obamacare Was Illegal

April 14, 2014 A conservative-leaning investigative group on Monday called upon two inspectors general to probe whether the Housing and Urban Development Department broke the law by coordinating with the Health and Human Services Department to promote the Affordable Care Act. Cause of Action, a nonprofit devoted to transparency and limiting government’s reach,...

Senator: Even Small Agencies Need Watchdogs

April 11, 2014 The 41 small federal agencies with no statutory inspector general are placing at risk more than $1 billion a year in budget authority, said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Thursday. In convening a hearing to lay the groundwork for a bill to add watchdogs, the chairwoman of the Homeland Security...

IGs: Intel Sharing Largely Up to Par in Run-Up to Boston Bombing

April 11, 2014 The government’s post-9/11 bid for better intelligence sharing was for the most part well-executed in the case of last April’s fatal bombing attack at the Boston Marathon, according to a look-back released Thursday by four inspectors general. The unclassified, redacted version of a 168-page report highlighted a few instances in...

House Panel Holds Ex-IRS Official in Contempt

April 10, 2014 In a historic move intensifying the dispute over political bias at the Internal Revenue Service, the House Oversight and Government Reform panel on Thursday voted along partisan lines to hold former IRS executive Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. The 21-12 tally sends to the House floor a resolution saying...

Could Social Media Help Catch Abuse of Disability Benefits?

April 9, 2014 For years, a rock musician collected federal benefits from Social Security Disability Insurance. But this January, the Social Security Administration cut him off, the agency’s inspector general told a House panel on Wednesday. The reason? His posts on social media revealed to agency claims reviewers and IG auditors that he...

Pro-Obama Chant Lands IRS Customer Service Employee in Hot Water

April 9, 2014 The independent Office of Special Counsel on Wednesday announced that it has taken action against three Internal Revenue Service employees who allegedly stumped for Obama while on the job, in violation of the Hatch Act. One OSC investigation “found evidence that the IRS employee used his authority and influence as...

The New Poster Children for Duplication in Federal Programs

April 8, 2014 In what for the past four years has become an annual ritual, Congress’ watchdog agency on Tuesday unveiled a fresh list of agency programs that overlap with or duplicate one another, giving the Obama administration a mixed report card on implementing past recommendations for weeding out programs that appear superfluous....

A Symbolic Victory for Open Office Setups

April 8, 2014 The General Services Administration has won at least a symbolic victory that should help its push for the "Total Workplace." That’s the office design—now in place at GSA’s F Street headquarters and recommended to other agencies—aimed at achieving savings and collaboration through desk sharing, telecommuting and mobile devices. GSA Administrator...

GSA Sets Stage to Sell Federal Triangle Properties

April 8, 2014 The General Services Administration on Monday took steps to attract developers to two properties in Washington’s Federal Triangle complex, answering congressional critics who complained of inaction and furthering the Obama administration’s ongoing bid to shrink the government’s real estate footprint. The agency released a Request for Qualification, soliciting development and...

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