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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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Federal Contract Spending Shows Signs of a Possible Rebound

April 18, 2016 Agency spending on top contractors dipped by 2 percent in fiscal 2015, its smallest annual decline in four years, according to the 2016 Federal Scorecard released April 15 by the Arlington, Va.-based business data intelligence firm Govini. The fact that half of all agencies—notably the Navy—boosted contract spending is a...

House Republicans Divide Over Impeaching the IRS Chief

April 15, 2016 Prospects for following through on last October’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee resolution to impeach Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen appeared to fade on Thursday when Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters effectively to wait until next year. "Yes, I think this is an agency that has not been...

Park Service Completes Plan to Repair Washington’s Memorial Bridge Under the Wire

April 15, 2016 The National Park Service, which for months has expressed worries about the deterioration of Washington’s Memorial Bridge, squeaked by under a deadline Thursday to deliver an application for a Transportation Department grant jointly with the District of Columbia. “On April 14, the National Park Service and the District of Columbia...

Lawmakers Aim to Restore ATF’s Enforcement Powers

April 15, 2016 The long-troubled Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would regain former enforcement powers and its leader would no longer be subject to Senate confirmation under a new House bill. The ATF Enforcement Act (H.R. 4905), introduced by Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., would lift “procedural blocks” that Congress put in...

Archives Synthesizes Criteria for Agency Email Management

April 14, 2016 For years the National Archives and Records Administration has admonished agencies to “stop paperizing”—the practice of printing out emails and submitting the paper as federal records. On Wednesday the agency published new guidance that synthesizes past Obama administration requirements on how agencies can meet the goal of electronically managing all...

Lawmakers Want Citizens to Have All Federal Data at Their Fingertips

April 14, 2016 A bipartisan group of Congress’ technology enthusiasts on Thursday rolled out draft legislation that would expand agency obligations to standardize all types of data for easy consumption by the public and businesses looking to innovate. As described by the nonprofit Center for Data Innovation and the Data Coalition, which organized...

The High Cost of Congressional Demands for Agency Documents

April 14, 2016 On April 8, a top House lawmaker issued a familiar complaint about a federal agency. The Justice Department, said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to release important documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, the botched gun-walking project initiated...

Lawmakers Aim to Crack Down on IRS Bonuses, Tax-Delinquent Employees

April 13, 2016 In the run-up to what one lawmaker called “the most unpopular week of the year,” the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday approved a batch of bills designed to make the Internal Revenue Service more “accountable.” The four bills before tax week would crack down on executive bonuses, tax...

The Most Politicized Inspectors General? Education, State and HUD

April 12, 2016 The government’s 72 inspectors general, though an underappreciated force in combatting waste, fraud and abuse, too often diminish their effectiveness by becoming politicized, a team of scholars said in a new study. “Political influence can manifest in the stalling of OIG investigations; making certain staff unavailable; providing slow or incomplete...

One Chart Showing the IRS’ Latest Batting Average on Combating Fraud from Identity Theft

April 12, 2016 No government or corporation has invented a fail-safe method for preventing identify theft. But the Internal Revenue Service—which has been under fire for allowing theft of taxpayer data—views itself as having a decent batting average in preventing fraudulent tax refunds claimed by criminals using other taxpayers’ personal information. At a...