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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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GSA leaders apologize for spending at Las Vegas conference

April 16, 2012 Jeff Neely, the federal executive at the center of the overspending scandal at the General Services Administration, invoked his Fifth Amendment rights before a congressional panel on Monday while former GSA Administrator Martha Johnson struggled to explain why Neely was given a $9,000 bonus before being placed on administrative leave....

Pentagon defends approach to tax-delinquent contractors

April 16, 2012 The Defense Department’s current procedures for deciding whether to crack down on contractors that owe back taxes is working as intended, Frank Kendall, acting Defense undersecretary for acquisitions, logistics and technology, said in a newly released response to inquiries from lawmakers. Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., wrote...

Blast From a Past TSA Chief

April 16, 2012 Kip Hawley, who headed the not-always-beloved Transportation Security Administration from 2005 to 2009, took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal this weekend to air a flurry of recommendations on how to fix the nation’s “broken” airport security. “More than a decade after 9/11, it is a national embarrassment...

Report: IG has referred GSA scandal to Justice Department

April 13, 2012 Brian Miller, the General Services Administration's inspector general, has referred aspects of the expanding scandal over GSA’s wasteful conference spending to the Justice Department for possible criminal charges, Federal Times reports in an exclusive. The publication cited a congressional source familiar with the investigation. A Justice Department spokeswoman reached by...

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau draws ire from allies

April 13, 2012 Accustomed to attacks from congressional Republicans who opposed its creation, the Consumer Financial Protection now finds itself at odds with some in the consumer advocacy community over a new rule on credit card fees. On Thursday, CFPB requested public comment on a proposed rule regarding fees credit card issuers could...

Reprimand or bonus? GSA officials reportedly couldn't agree

April 13, 2012 Emails among top General Services Administration officials show disagreement over whether the regional commissioner responsible for the extravagant October 2010 training conference in Las Vegas should receive a reprimand or a bonus, Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said Friday. The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released a statement...

Obama declines to issue executive order on contractor bias

April 12, 2012 The White House has confirmed reports that President Obama does not intend to issue an executive order cracking down on federal contractors that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Some lawmakers and advocates in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community have been seeking such an order. “The president...

Agencies handed Do Not Pay deadlines

April 12, 2012 The Obama administration on Thursday took another step in its campaign to curb improper payments by assigning agencies a schedule for adopting its Do Not Pay List of entities whose claims on federal monies may lack merit. Acting budget director Jeffrey Zients, in a memorandum to all federal agency and...

IRS likely to get temporary commissioner when Shulman leaves

April 11, 2012 By accident of the calendar, the five-year term of Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Doug Shulman ends the same month as the 2012 elections. Hence, specialists say, odds are the Obama administration will name an acting commissioner to tide the IRS over what promises to be a year-end congressional imbroglio over...

GSA staff told to do better at reporting abuses

April 11, 2012 General Services Administration employees, still reeling from the 10-day-old scandal over lavish spending at a 2010 Las Vegas training conference, received a letter from their acting boss and the agency inspector general directing them to do better at reporting abusive spending in the future. “One of the more troubling aspects...