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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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Grand Canyon Feuding

January 9, 2012 Interior Secretary Ken Salazar traveled across town to the National Geographic Society on Monday to unveil a new Park Service film to be shown to visitors at the Grand Canyon and, by the way, to also announce that he is withdrawing 1 million acres of Arizona watershed nearby from uranium...

IRS revises long-term estimate of ‘tax gap’

January 9, 2012 For the first time in five years, the Internal Revenue Service revised its long-term estimate of the tax gap, defined as the "amount of tax liability faced by taxpayers that is not paid on time." In a report released Friday, the IRS put the latest figure at $450 billion as...

Commerce secretary stresses U.S. competitiveness

January 9, 2012 Carolyn Kaster/AP Commerce Secretary John Bryson has presented Congress with a mandated report on U.S. competitiveness that emphasizes the importance of the federal government's role in research while maintaining the private sector's status as the "engine of innovation." The study, required under the 2010 America COMPETES Reauthorization Act and compiled...

Leaking to the Stars?

January 6, 2012 Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., announced on Thursday that he has been successful in his four-month-old effort to trigger an inspectors general investigation of CIA and Pentagon contacts with Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow as she prepares her highly anticipated film on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. "Following a...

Contractors brace for coming defense cuts

January 6, 2012 As the Pentagon readies a fiscal 2013 budget expected to map out $487 billion in cuts over the next 10 years, many contractors already are bracing for a new climate of austerity, but they are heartened by the Obama administration's pledge to preserve America's industrial base. At the Pentagon on...

A Plain English Reminder

January 5, 2012 Writing coaches sometimes recommend a technique described as "tell 'em what you're going to tell 'em; then tell 'em; then tell 'em what you just told 'em." In that vein, Cass Sunstein, administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, issued a terse memo on Wednesday to...

Agency stimulus spending slightly higher than predicted

January 5, 2012 The top spenders of stimulus money over the past three years are the Health and Human Services, Education, and Treasury departments, according to a Congressional Budget Office blog post Thursday. CBO's purpose in evaluating progress on the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was to compare its own estimates done...

Obama’s consumer bureau appointment raises political, legal stakes

January 4, 2012 President Obama's move Wednesday to use a recess appointment to name former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray director of the six-month-old Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was greeted as "bold" by consumer activists, but spurned as possibly illegal by Republican lawmakers who have spent months blocking any nominee. At a campaign-style...

Printing Office's First Female Chief

January 3, 2012 As expected, Deputy Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks on Tuesday moved into the top job at the Government Printing Office, on an acting basis. Departing acting Public Printer Bill Boarman, whose nomination by President Obama last year was never confirmed by the Senate, had elevated Vance-Cooks last month from her position...

Annual financial report cites incomplete audits at three departments

January 3, 2012 The government's overall finances cannot be evaluated properly "because of widespread material internal control weaknesses, significant uncertainties and other limitations" on agency audit statements, the Government Accountability Office said recently. Just as it has for the past 15 years, GAO's audit of the fiscal 2011 consolidated financial statements of 24...