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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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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,...

Agriculture secretary seeks to avoid furloughs

January 10, 2012 Vilsack said the process will minimize impact felt by "farmers and ranchers." -- CRAIG TUTTLE/NEWSCOM Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday elaborated on his approach to cutting spending following an announcement the department will close hundreds of locations. Under the new plan, called the Blueprint for Stronger Service, the U.S....

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...