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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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SEC inspector general announces departure

January 18, 2012 Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP H. David Kotz, who since 2007 has served as the lightning-rod inspector general at the Securities and Exchange Commission, is leaving government at the end of January to work for a private investigation firm. "I am tremendously proud of the accomplishments of my office and the agency...

OMB tasks 11 agencies with documenting duplication

January 17, 2012 Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients asked the chief operating officers of 11 agencies to appoint a "senior accountable official" by Feb. 1 to coordinate efforts to centralize information on possibly duplicative functions. Charles Dharapak/AP Fresh off President Obama's announcement of a bid to streamline the business and trade agencies, the...

Correcting the MLK Memorial

January 13, 2012 Editorial pages have not lost all their influence in the age of declining newspapers. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told The Washington Post on Friday that he will take the paper up on its demand for a redo on the inscription to the Martin Luther King memorial that was dedicated on...

Obama proposes reorganizing trade agencies, giving SBA Cabinet status

January 13, 2012 This story has been updated. President Obama on Friday announced he is seeking authority from Congress to reorganize federal trade and business-related functions in the Commerce Department and other organizations, as well as elevate the Small Business Administration to Cabinet status. Speaking to a group of small business owners at...

Obama reorganization bid faces challenges on Capitol Hill

January 13, 2012 President Obama's Friday announcement that he is seeking authority to reorganize federal trade and business-related functions could face some fine-tuning or outright resistance in Congress. Speaking to a group of small business owners at the White House, Obama said he was working to make government's current "maze" more "consumer friendly"...

Justice Department backs president on recent recess appointments

January 12, 2012 Kevin Lamarque/Newscom This story has been updated with additional comment. The Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel has backed President Obama in affirming the president's authority to make recess appointments during pro forma sessions of the Senate. Obama infuriated many Republicans early this month when he named Richard Cordray as...

Taxpayer advocate pleads for boost in IRS funding, hiring

January 12, 2012 Dennis Brack/Newscom At a time when the Internal Revenue Service is offering buyouts to thousands of employees, the National Taxpayer Advocate is warning that "the imbalance between [the agency's] workload and its resources is becoming unmanageable." In her office's annual report to Congress, Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson cited increasing tax...

Defending government in an anti-government age

January 12, 2012 Last fall, Washington-area viewers of the Sunday morning talk shows got a steady dose of commercials featuring Federal News Radio's Mike Causey. Pointing to a studio backdrop of the U.S. Capitol, Causey tells the camera affably that "it's Politics 101 that the people in that building respect the strength of...

Park Service defends handling of Occupy D.C. protest

January 11, 2012 An ongoing clash over the National Park Service's handling of the hundreds of Occupy D.C. protestors living in tents on McPherson Square has accelerated. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee, on Tuesday threatened Interior Secretary Ken Salazar with "compulsory processes," which could mean...

Sixty-four-year-old diplomatic advisory body dies quiet death

January 10, 2012 CRAIG TUTTLE/NEWSCOM With little fanfare, the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, which since 1948 has evaluated agency effectiveness in communicating with foreign publics, closed shop last month, having failed to win reauthorization in Congress' omnibus spending bill. "Our reauthorization for two years was blocked in the Senate," Matt Armstrong,...