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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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IRS Is Warned That Its Private Debt Collectors Are Harming the Poor

June 12, 2018 Fourteen months into its latest foray into using private tax debt collectors, the Internal Revenue Service is still grappling with the tendency for the contracted firms to target those taxpayers least able to afford payments. That’s the conclusion reached by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson in a June 6 blog...

Justice Task Forces Arrest 2,300 Online Child Sex Suspects

June 12, 2018 Task forces organized nationwide by the Justice Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children project arrested 2,300 suspected child sex offenders this spring, the department announced on Tuesday. Dubbed “Operation Broken Heart,” the coordinated effort by 4,500 state, local and tribal law enforcement teams responded to more than 25,200 complaints about technology-facilitated...

Booz Allen Wins Corrective Action from GSA on Army Software Contract

June 11, 2018 The General Services Administration must reimburse global contractor Booz Allen Hamilton for the costs of a recent bid protest due to delays in agency responses, the Government Accountability Office determined. In a decision from its general counsel dated May 7 but released only in redacted form on Monday, the congressional...

Army Incurred Costly Delays on Construction of Texas Hospital

June 11, 2018 The Army’s delays and added work orders for construction improvements for a hospital at Fort Bliss, Texas, cost the Defense Department more than $32.1 million, according to a new report from the inspector general. The watchdog faulted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Defense Health Agency for a lack...

Justice Department Watchdog Sets Stage With Congress for Politically Fraught Report

June 8, 2018 After more than a year of preparations and increasingly partisan pressures, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has given lawmakers a schedule for releasing his long-anticipated report on his agency’s controversial handling of 2016 election probes. In a June 7 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Horowitz...

Secret Service Blames Late Data Entry for Accused Murderer Working in White House

June 7, 2018 Following the dramatic arrest of a White House contractor on attempted murder charges on Tuesday, the Secret Service finds itself on the hook for an explanation of how the man had been cleared to work at the presidential complex despite two past run-ins with the law. Martese Edwards, who performed...

Chemical Safety Board Chair Needs Broader Authority, IG Says

June 7, 2018 The 40-staffer independent Chemical Safety Board, whose leader announced her plans to resign this month, suffers from a lack of authority for the chairman over other appointees of its five-member board, a watchdog found. “The position of CSB chairperson lacks authority to hold board members accountable,” wrote Environmental Protection Agency...

Grassley Delays Nominee for Top Counterintelligence Post

June 6, 2018 In another clash between the Senate Judiciary chairman and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Monday placed a hold on President Trump’s nominee to be the first Senate-confirmed director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center. His reasons? Dissatisfaction with cooperation in document...

Mulvaney Dismisses Incumbents on CFPB's Consumer Advisory Board

June 6, 2018 Just days after postponing another scheduled meeting of its statutorily required Consumer Advisory Board, the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday told staff that all 25 volunteer members of the outside body were being relieved of their duties. “Today we begin the process of transforming the...

The White House’s Deregulatory Push, By the Numbers

June 6, 2018 The rollback of health and safety regulations celebrated as an economic boon by the White House has just been quantified. The Trump administration in just over a year has withdrawn or paused more than 1,500 ongoing rulemakings, according to a report released on Tuesday by the liberal-leaning Public Citizen. “That...