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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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State Department Vacancies Are Delaying Embassy Construction

October 26, 2018 One probable effect of the hiring freeze imposed in 2017 by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is that the State Department’s multi-year construction program to modernize and secure embassies and consulates is behind schedule. Unexpected new cost requirements for annexes and a neglect of the impact of inflation also contributed...

IRS Staff Cuts Impede Progress on Appeals Backlog, GAO Finds

October 25, 2018 The Office of Appeals at the Internal Revenue Service handles some of the most complex tax cases. But staff cutbacks and an anticipated retirement wave threaten its ability to perform timely decision making of the caliber that is the taxpayer’s right, according to a Government Accountability Office report. Appeals staffing...

Space Agency Failed to Track All Historic Artifacts, Watchdog Finds

October 24, 2018 NASA, as one of government’s most storied pioneer agencies, needs to better archive its historical artifacts, according to a watchdog’s latest audit. A jarring example, according to a report released on Tuesday: “Poor recordkeeping contributed to NASA losing possession of an Apollo 11 lunar collection bag that contained lunar dust...

Ex-IRS Criminal Sleuth Sent to Prison for Tax Fraud, Theft

October 24, 2018 Nearly a decade after filing false tax returns, a former special agent and criminal investigator for the Internal Revenue Service was sentenced to 51 months in prison, the Justice Department announced. Alena Aleykina, 45, was convicted in June of obstruction of justice and stealing government money from the tax agency’s...

Navy’s Top Officer Faulted for Slow Response to Sexual Harassment at ‘Bad Santa’ Party

October 23, 2018 The Pentagon inspector general’s office devoted 10 months to interviewing the Navy’s top brass and reviewing more than 25,000 emails to conclude that the powerful chief of naval operations waited too long to move against a public affairs officer who misbehaved at what became known as the “Bad Santa” Christmas...

Agriculture Department Receives 136 Bids for Sites of Office Moves

October 23, 2018 Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue appeared pleased by the response by 136 localities and stakeholders who offered to be the host site for his controversial plan to move two key research units outside of Washington, D.C. The “expressions of interest” for being landlord to 700 employees of USDA’s Economic Research Service...

HUD Official’s Resignation After False Report of Transfer Still a Mystery

October 22, 2018 The Housing and Urban Development Department on Friday cleared up some, but not all, of the mystery of the secretary’s Oct. 12 internal announcement—since retracted—that a top HUD official would become the new acting inspector general at the Interior Department. Suzanne Israel Tufts, who since December had been assistant HUD...

Marshals Service Misused Leave Policies During Probe of Top Official

October 22, 2018 The U.S. Marshals Service violated employee leave policies and wasted taxpayer money in allowing a top official slated for termination to stay on, a watchdog found. The Justice Department inspector general’s most recent probe of the agency’s handling of older allegations of sexual misconduct and retaliation against whistleblowers by a...

New Evidence Suggests Trump’s Coordination With GSA on FBI Headquarters Plan

October 18, 2018 Newly released emails and an official White House photo provide evidence suggesting that President Trump himself directed the General Services Administration and the FBI to modify a years-in-the-works plan to move the FBI’s downtown Washington headquarters. A letter sent Thursday by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the House...

Reports of Replacement for Acting Interior Watchdog Still a Mystery to Incumbent

October 17, 2018 As of Wednesday afternoon, acting Interior Department Inspector General Mary Kendall had still received no word from the White House on news reports that she is being replaced by an administrator from the Housing and Urban Development Department. Suzanne Israel Tufts, assistant HUD secretary for the Office of Administration since...