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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 faulted for weak enforcement on energy tax credit

May 19, 2011 The Internal Revenue Service continues to have trouble weeding out fraudulent use of tax credits designed to encourage homeowners to purchase modern energy-saving doors and windows, according to a report released Wednesday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Reviews of a sampling of 2009 tax returns claiming the...

Plan to cap bonuses detailed in Obama administration memo

May 18, 2011 This story has been updated to include additional comment. Unreleased guidance on performance awards being discussed within the Obama administration would cap bonuses to Senior Executive Service employees at 5 percent of aggregate salary and non-SES employees at 1 percent, according a leaked memo addressed to all department and agency...

Agriculture may work with Shirley Sherrod’s nonprofit

May 16, 2011 Though Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was unsuccessful in his bid last year to lure back wrongly dismissed employee Shirley Sherrod, his Agriculture Department is in contract talks with her Georgia-based nonprofit to have her do more federal work on justice and civil rights issues for farmers. Sherrod, the former Georgia...

Ex-SEC employees enjoy ‘revolving door,’ study says

May 13, 2011 Former employees of the Securities and Exchange Commission have benefited from a "revolving door" that allows them to take generously paying private sector jobs with duties that include representing clients before their old agency, according to a study released Friday by the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight. The result is...

Views converge on creation of board to sell federal properties

May 12, 2011 Legislation to accelerate the sale of excess federal properties through creation of an independent board of experts is gaining support from both the Obama administration and House Republicans, though there is disagreement on some details of implementation. At a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee hearing Thursday, agency and private sector...

Performance.gov site to go public soon

May 10, 2011 Public access to the long-anticipated website Performance.gov will be achieved "within the next few weeks," Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients told a Senate panel on Tuesday. But because the final fiscal 2011 budget agreement Congress passed last month cut the Electronic Government Fund, the site may not include the "more...

GOP senators vow to block consumer bureau nominee

May 6, 2011 The slow creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau encountered a new hurdle on Thursday when 44 Republican senators delivered a letter to President Obama declaring they "will not confirm any nominee, regardless of party affiliation" to run it. Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in an accompanying statement...

White House gets down to cases on selling excess properties

May 4, 2011 The Obama administration on Wednesday fleshed out its previously announced plan to save taxpayer dollars by selling off unneeded federal property, posting for the first time an online state-by-state map itemizing excess facilities. Officials also released draft legislation aimed at overcoming the often-parochial political resistance to proposed sales by empowering...

Pentagon breaks up Joint Forces Command

May 2, 2011 Defense Secretary Robert Gates' effort to trim the military budget got rolling on Monday. The Pentagon announced that, as part of the "disestablishment of U.S. Joint Forces Command" as a four-star combatant command, it is reassigning its organizations and functions to various other commands, military services and the Joint Staff....

Cost estimates don’t help bid to move FTC offices

April 18, 2011 A House committee-approved bill that would move the offices of the Federal Trade Commission to create exhibit space for the National Gallery of Art received a cost score from the Congressional Budget Office that displeases the plan's chief sponsor, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla. The net...