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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 likely to get temporary commissioner when Shulman leaves

April 11, 2012 By accident of the calendar, the five-year term of Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Doug Shulman ends the same month as the 2012 elections. Hence, specialists say, odds are the Obama administration will name an acting commissioner to tide the IRS over what promises to be a year-end congressional imbroglio over...

GSA staff told to do better at reporting abuses

April 11, 2012 General Services Administration employees, still reeling from the 10-day-old scandal over lavish spending at a 2010 Las Vegas training conference, received a letter from their acting boss and the agency inspector general directing them to do better at reporting abusive spending in the future. “One of the more troubling aspects...

How the public printer is doing more with less

April 10, 2012 Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks described as “transformational” the changes she has helped orchestrate at the Government Printing Office, offering the results as “one of many case studies in government operations in an environment of fiscal constraints, intense congressional oversight and justified public scrutiny.” She detailed the downsizing and reprioritizing...

GAO nudges Pentagon to improve its contractor records

April 10, 2012 The Defense Department continues to use faulty data in determining the number of contractors each military service relies on, complicating efforts to enforce rules that require agencies to tap federal employees to perform functions considered inherently governmental, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. With the exception of...

GSA scandal engulfs another top official

April 9, 2012 A week after revelations of extravagant spending at a General Services Administration training conference broke, another top official at the agency has been placed on administrative leave. David Foley, deputy commissioner of the Public Buildings Service, is now under review for his conduct at the October 2010 Western Regions conference...

Homesick Panetta?

April 9, 2012 Since 2001, security concerns have required the Defense secretary to use military aircraft for all business and personal long-distance travel. But incumbent Leon Panetta’s regular visits to his home in Monterey, Calif., have cost the Pentagon as much as $860,000, according to a recent Associated Press story. The issue is...

Former GSA public buildings chief calls conference scandal fallout unfair

April 6, 2012 The departure of top officials of the General Services Administration under a cloud on Monday shows “why people with good reputations don’t want to work in government,” said F. Joseph Moravec, who was commissioner of GSA’s Public Buildings Service from 2001 to 2005 under the George W. Bush administration. Moravec...

TSA on 'Recombobulation'

April 6, 2012 For decades it has been illegal for airline passengers to joke in front of security officials about threats such as hijackings. But that doesn’t mean humor is never called for, even among employees of the Transportation Security Administration. For several years now the Milwaukee County airport has livened up its...

IRS commissioner won’t stay for second term

April 5, 2012 Internal Revenue Commissioner Doug Shulman said he plans to leave the agency when his five-year term ends in November. In a speech Thursday at the National Press Club, he also expressed hope that Congress would not wait until after the presidential election to address expiring tax provisions such as the...

Diplomats demand pet parity

April 5, 2012 A grass-roots movement within the American Foreign Service Association is pressing United Airlines to give U.S. diplomatic families the same reduced prices for transporting family pets as the carrier extended last month to military families moving to permanent new assignments. Some 3,000 members of the 16,000-strong diplomats union have written...