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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 decision to end gift audits not political, specialist says

July 8, 2011 The Internal Revenue Service's decision to discontinue audits of select 2010 political donations for possible application of the gift tax appears to have calmed some, but not all, concerns about politicization of the agency. In February, the IRS opened audits on five 501(c)(4) organizations active in the 2010 elections, including...

HUD rebuts charge of illegal grant to ACORN

July 7, 2011 The Housing and Urban Development Department has denied a charge leveled this week by the conservative anti-corruption group Judicial Watch that an $80,000 grant to an affordable housing group goes against the ban on funding of the controversial community organizing group ACORN. On July 5, Judicial Watch issued a statement...

Cut contracting costs by 15 percent, agencies are told

July 7, 2011 Federal agencies are being directed to achieve a 15 percent reduction in costs for managing contracts over the next year under a new component of the Obama administration's Campaign to Cut Government Waste, Office of Management and Budget officials announced Thursday. The goal is to save $6 billion governmentwide by...

SEC chief agrees to give up facility leasing authority

July 6, 2011 Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Schapiro apologized to a House panel Wednesday for her agency's discredited effort last summer to lease sizable new office space, saying, "the SEC now recognizes the benefits of having the General Services Administration manage its future leasing, [which] is not our core mission." Schapiro...

National Taxpayer Advocate seeks to protect IRS budget

July 5, 2011 The midyear report of the National Taxpayer Advocate renews a plea to Congress to refrain from cutting funds for the Internal Revenue Service, warning that "if subjected to spending freezes or cuts, the IRS will fall further behind in collecting taxes and serving America's taxpayers." In her report released June...

Vote to streamline appointments could give agencies clarity

July 1, 2011 The Senate's June 29 vote to give up its confirmation powers for 170 presidentially appointed federal positions will speed the filling of vacancies and clarify for agency managers who is responsible for continuing unfilled slots, analysts tell Government Executive. The bill, which was spearheaded by a bipartisan group of senators...

Chief financial officers to rank nominees for SAVE award

July 1, 2011 New guidance to agency financial chiefs for implementing the Obama administration's Campaign to Cut Government Waste includes assigning them a role in ranking nominations for the Securing Americans Value and Efficiency Award. In a June 28 memo to chief financial officers, Controller Danny Werfel directed that chief financial officers "review...

Mine safety agency offers self-criticism in probe of 2010 disaster

June 30, 2011 A federal probe of safety procedures before the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 coal miners in West Virginia has brought out new criticisms of both the Massey Energy Co. and the Mine Safety and Health Administration. In an updated report presented Wednesday, MSHA charged the coal company with discouraging...

IT industry delivers advice on streamlining agency finance systems

June 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Controller Danny Werfel on Wednesday took delivery of a White House-requested software industry report on government financial management and said agency leaders are already held accountable for protecting taxpayers against overly long time frames for acquiring information technology systems that can be obsolete by the time they're up and running....

CBO throws wet blanket on proposal to sell federal properties

June 29, 2011 The Obama administration's plan to profitably dispose of excess federal buildings would actually cost the government money, according to a June 27 letter from the Congressional Budget Office. The plan, which has gained bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, "would increase direct spending by $60 million over the 2012 to 2021...