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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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White House Tightens Central Review of New Agency Rulemaking

April 11, 2019 During the first year of the Trump administration, the Republican-controlled Congress revived the seldom-used 1996 Congressional Review Act to cancel numerous Obama administration regulations. On Thursday, acting White House Budget Director Russell Vought hinted at plans for further use of that law’s authorities when he informed agency heads of new...

Watchdog: OMB and GSA Need a Better Plan For Shared Payroll Services

April 11, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A White House-initiated plan to bring more of a shared services approach to payroll faces risks because agencies haven’t mapped out an implementation plan or communicated potential cost savings to stakeholders, the Government Accountability Office found. The Office of Management and Budget, as part of its ongoing embrace of shared...

Education Dept. Sued Over Blocking Access to Advocacy Group’s Website From Within Office Building

April 11, 2019 The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen on Tuesday filed suit against the Education Department, complaining that the agency had blocked access to the group’s website to users inside an agency building. The complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia names the department and Secretary Betsy DeVos as...

Another Grim Warning to Congress and Agencies: Your Fiscal Path Is 'Unsustainable'

April 10, 2019 In its latest blizzard of discouraging fiscal numbers, the Government Accountability Office on Wednesday weighed in with its annual plea to lawmakers and agency leaders for action to redirect the ledger-busting path on which the government has long traveled. “The imbalance between spending and revenue that is built into current...

IRS and Private Partners Tout Success in Combating Identity Theft

April 10, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internal Revenue Service, which has struggled for years to get a handle on the criminal theft of taxpayer identity information, on Monday released encouraging numbers on results of its Security Summit partnership with states and industry. “At a time when many in the private sector continue to struggle with...

Watchdog: OMB and GSA Need a Better Plan For Shared Payroll Services

April 10, 2019 A White House-initiated plan to bring more of a shared services approach to payroll faces risks because agencies haven’t mapped out an implementation plan or communicated potential cost savings to stakeholders, the Government Accountability Office found. The Office of Management and Budget, as part of its ongoing embrace of shared...

Watchdog Questions NSA’s $636 Million in Award Fee Incentive Contracts

April 10, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The highly secretive National Security Agency may have relied too heavily on the contractor incentives provided in cost-plus award fee contracts, according to a new inspector general report calling into question some $630 million in awards. A review of 54 contracts awarded using that method in fiscal years 2016 and...

NSA Gave Contractors $630M in Incentives. Its Watchdog Has Questions.

April 10, 2019 The highly secretive National Security Agency may have relied too heavily on the contractor incentives provided in cost-plus award fee contracts, according to a new inspector general report calling into question some $630 million in awards. A review of 54 contracts awarded using that method in fiscal years 2016 and...

TSA Air Marshal Whistleblower Fired for Second Time

April 9, 2019 The 16-year drama of a well-known Transportation Security Administration whistleblower took another turn last month when former Air Marshal Robert MacLean was fired by the agency—for the second time. MacLean on Tuesday confirmed to Government Executive—in the midst of higher-level drama of President Trump’s shakeup of leaders of the Homeland...

IRS and Private Partners Tout Success in Combating Identity Theft

April 9, 2019 The Internal Revenue Service, which has struggled for years to get a handle on the criminal theft of taxpayer identity information, on Monday released encouraging numbers on results of its Security Summit partnership with states and industry. “At a time when many in the private sector continue to struggle with...