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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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Amid Active Hurricane, FEMA Chief Learns His Travel Is Under Investigation

September 14, 2018 In a case of unfortunate timing, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long on Thursday had to take time out from preparations for Hurricane Florence to address reports that his personal travels in government vehicles are under investigation by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general. As first reported by Politico,...

Pentagon IG Staff Cleared of Misconduct Charges, Anti-Semitism

September 13, 2018 In what may be the near-final act in an eight-year saga, the Office of Special Counsel on Monday announced it was closing a multi-pronged complaint by a former Defense Department employee in the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General who alleged officials there lied about and destroyed evidence in a high-profile...

Senate Confirms Corporate Tax Attorney as IRS Chief

September 13, 2018 The Senate on Wednesday voted to confirm corporate tax attorney Charles Rettig to be the next commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. The vote was 64-33, with Democratic opponents protesting the nominee’s implied acceptance of the Treasury Department’s new rule reducing disclosure requirements on nonprofits that give campaign money as...

Homeland Security and Senator Spar Over Moving Funds from FEMA to Immigrant Detention

September 12, 2018 With Hurricane Florence headed for landfall in the Carolinas, an Oregon senator on Tuesday night accused the Homeland Security Department of inappropriately transferring $10 million from disaster response to detention centers needed for the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown. Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” unveiled a document...

IRS Improves Its Performance During Tax Season Despite Staff and Budget Cuts

September 11, 2018 Despite an untimely hardware outage on this April’s Tax Day, the Internal Revenue Service overall improved its performance in handling the 2018 filing season, a watchdog found. The tax agency met target dates for processing returns and delivering refunds while also reducing call-waiting times for taxpayers seeking help, according to...

Meet the Executive Bringing Digital Savvy to Health and Human Services

September 11, 2018 The private-sector-bred technology mavens at the U.S. Digital Service—the government tech startup launched by President Obama to bring Silicon Valley design sensibility to government programs—appear to have found something unexpected in the Trump era: Opportunity. Despite considerable turnover at USDS following the presidential transition and fears that the organization’s mission...

Attorney General Acts on Promise to Hire More Immigration Judges

September 11, 2018 Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday drew a sharp contrast between the Trump administration’s approach to illegal immigration and those of its predecessors during a ceremony to swear in 44 new immigration judges. “As we work to restore rule of law in our immigration system, we will send a clear...

Multi-Agency Investigation Delivers $1M in Restitution for Wire Fraud Scheme

September 10, 2018 In a display of teamwork by inspectors general, the government last week won guilty pleas and more than $1 million in restitution from a tech industry executive and three firms who committed wire fraud to win small-business science grants. The Justice Department on Sept. 5 announced that NASA, the Energy...

Consumer Bureau Highlights That It Has Taken Enforcement Actions Under Mulvaney

September 7, 2018 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday released its first enforcement highlights report under acting Director Mick Mulvaney, drawing attention to fixes made by lending companies to bring themselves into compliance with consumer law. The findings addressed automobile loan servicing, credit cards, debt collection, mortgage servicing, payday lending and small...

OMB Centralizes Agency Reporting of Grant Recipients

September 6, 2018 Seeking to ease paperwork burdens on agencies and grant recipients, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Thursday issued new guidance aimed at standardizing and centralizing reporting formats and processes. The federal government spends about $700 billion on grants and cooperative agreements annually that support some 40,000 recipients from state...