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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 is underfunded but ready for health care law, commissioner says

March 23, 2012 The Internal Revenue Service needs its requested 8 percent budget increase to make up for cuts exacted in the past two years, IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told Congress in a pair of hearings. The service is well-prepared to implement coming tax changes from the Affordable Care Act, despite a loss...

Panel suggests tighter timeline for presidential appointments

March 23, 2012 Congress and the next president should do everything possible to vet, nominate and confirm appointees to the government’s 100 to 150 “most time-sensitive” positions by May 1 of the new term, according to a private commission of luminaries. In a status report white paper provided to Government Executive on Friday,...

USDA: 'Pink Slime' May Be Gross, But It's Safe

March 23, 2012 For two weeks, ABC News has been running with its scoop about “pink slime,” or what the meat industry prefers to call “lean finely textured beef.” The stuff is an unappetizing but apparently safe filler that meat packers add to the ground beef sold in the nation’s grocery stores without...

Low morale at DHS linked to heavy turnover, weak training

March 22, 2012 Poor staff morale at the Homeland Security Department is caused in part by heavy turnover among leaders responsible for employee engagement and could be improved through longer-term appointments to top positions, according to Max Stier, president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. At a Thursday...

Congress votes to curb insider trading, require federal employee disclosure

March 22, 2012 The Senate approved a House-passed bill aimed at preventing insider trading by members of Congress and thousands of executive branch officials. The legislation now goes to President Obama for his signature. Senators agreed to discard a more extensive version of the bill they passed last month in favor of the...

Senators mull whether consolidation authority would cure duplication

March 21, 2012 President Obama’s request for legislative authority to consolidate federal agencies got a mixed reception during a Wednesday Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing. Most panel members expressed disappointment at agency progress in addressing duplicative and overlapping programs laid out in recent reports by the Government Accountability Office. Committee...

House passes second bill to speed sale of excess federal property

March 20, 2012 For the second time in six weeks, the House on Tuesday passed a bill to streamline the process of selling off unneeded federal property, this time approving a version designed to incentivize agencies by giving them a share of proceeds. Unlike a bill the House passed on Feb. 7 to...

Obama regulatory chief calls for curbing 'cumulative burdens'

March 20, 2012 The Obama administration’s top regulatory officer on Tuesday instructed agencies to take steps to reduce the “cumulative burden” of federal rules on the private sector, particularly small businesses. Cass Sunstein, administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, described nine items for consideration in a letter to...

House Small Business panel prepares to mark up contractor bills

March 20, 2012 Adding to a series of House Republican bills aimed at reforming small business contracting, Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., on Monday introduced legislation to reduce fraud by improving procurement training and referring more cases to the Small Business Administration’s inspector general. The House Small Business Committee earlier this month approved six...

Jersey Boys in the (Government) News

March 20, 2012 Garden State rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi are both in the news this month. The Boss has a new album and a tour, while Bon Jovi is expanding his ongoing service to the Obama administration. On Monday, the Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development and Health and...