Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charlie 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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White House Formalizes Agency Duties to Curb Regulations

April 6, 2017 Ten weeks into the Trump administration, the White House has moved to centralize monitoring of regulatory agencies’ obligations to rework obsolete or burdensome rules to achieve an overall governmentwide reduction in costs imposed on the economy. Fleshing out President Trump’s Jan. 30 executive order Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”...

Defense Contractors See End of Budget Decline

April 6, 2017 The Pentagon, as the government’s largest buyer of goods and services, is ending a seven-year drawdown of acquisition spending, according to a study released on Wednesday. “The tide has definitely turned in the direction of contract spending,” wrote a team directed by Andrew Hunter of the Center for Strategic and...

IRS Revs Up Mandated Private Tax-Debt Collection

April 5, 2017 With hopes of shaving off some of the estimated $458 billion in taxes that go uncollected, the Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday announced the launch of its congressionally required program to farm out efforts to collect long-standing tax debts owed the government. The controversial approach—which union critics warn has failed...

It’s April Madness at the IRS

April 5, 2017 Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday gave a National Press Club talk on the “April Madness” that is tax filing season for his employees processing form 1040s from the nation’s 152 million filers. Below are some of his eye-opening numbers: $74 million. Amount in refunds issued so far out...

Trump's Defense Hike Would Violate Budget Law, Congress' Analysts Confirm

April 5, 2017 Though most lawmakers probably knew it already, the Congressional Research Service on Monday confirmed that President Trump’s March 16 proposal to boost the defense budget by $54 billion would run afoul of the 2011 Budget Control Act that equally caps defense and non-defense spending. A CRS report dated April 3...

Copyright Office Spent Millions on Flawed Computer System

April 4, 2017 The Library of Congress-run U.S. Copyright Office over the past six years ran through $11.6 million on a computerized royalty payment tracking system before quietly abandoning the project last year, according to an outside audit leaked this week. Because the Electronic Licensing system (“eLi”) coding project was pushed forward without...

Post-9/11 Intel Sharing Needs Fine-Tuning, IGs Say

April 4, 2017 Fifteen years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks prompted a reorganization of domestic security agencies, those agencies still are not sharing intelligence as smoothly as they could, according to an interagency report released on Friday. The federal, state, and local entities active in counterterrorism coordinate their efforts using “a national-level,...

CRS Confirms Trump's Defense Spending Hike Would Violate Budget Law

April 4, 2017 Though most lawmakers probably knew it already, the Congressional Research Service on Monday confirmed that President Trump’s March 16 proposal to boost the defense budget by $54 billion would run afoul of the 2011 Budget Control Act that equally caps defense and non-defense spending. A CRS report dated April 3...

The Un-Perk: Some Federal Executives Have to Buy Their Own Business Cards

April 4, 2017 Americans weary of federal overspending may have been surprised on March 19 to hear Trump administration budget director Mick Mulvaney tell a television audience that employees of the Office of Management and Budget have to pony up their own money to pay for business cards. “I don’t have a business...

Pay Freezes Helped Make Government Top-Heavy, Says Scholar

April 3, 2017 An updated count of agencies’ rosters of chiefs of staffs, deputies and assistants shows that the number of Senate-confirmed positions and associated jobs — the layers of leaders in government — increased more than 400 percent between 1961 and 2016. At the same time, many agencies have “widened” their hierarchy...

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