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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GOP Tax Panel Chairmen Press for White House Emails in IRS Probe

March 6, 2015 In a coordinated effort between House and Senate Republicans, the chairmen of the two tax committees on Wednesday asked the Internal Revenue Service commissioner for emails and other documents that might indicate sharing of private taxpayer information between the Internal Revenue Service and the White House. House Ways and Means...

Improper Payment Rate Rises Despite New Crackdown

March 6, 2015 Despite years of effort and new tools under three federal statues, the governmentwide rate of improper payments in federal benefits programs actually rose in fiscal 2014, the comptroller general testified on Wednesday. “For the first time in recent years, the governmentwide improper payment estimate significantly increased,” Gene Dodaro told the...

Many Feds Are Uncomfortable Communicating by Email

March 5, 2015 The House Select Committee on Benghazi’s subpoena for some of Hillary Clinton’s past emails comes as many federal employees profess to a wariness of online communication when addressing sensitive topics. Perhaps for good reason. At a Jan. 27 hearing of the Benghazi panel, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., tangled with State...

Should There Be a New Federal Authority for Shared Services?

March 5, 2015 Federal agencies are fairly adept at collaborating and sharing resources and services during emergencies, such as the Ebola epidemic in 2014 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Now a study released Tuesday by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service recommends a governmentwide scale-up of shared services, such as payroll functions already...

Clapper Touts Progress at Integrating Intelligence Community

March 4, 2015 James Clapper on Tuesday responded to his predecessors’ questions of whether his job as director of the Office of National Intelligence should be that of a manager, a coordinator or “an empowered quarterback.” His answer? “All of the above, with distinct roles in different situations.” Clapper said he views his...

U.S. Ebola Operation in West Africa Gets a Watchdog

March 4, 2015 The Ebola crisis may have faded from the headlines, but U.S. infrastructure-building operations in West Africa remain sizable enough to merit appointment of a lead inspector general. Jon Rymer, inspector general of the Defense Department, will broaden his portfolio to be the lead watchdog in Operation United Assistance, according to...

Long-Serving NTEU President Announces Retirement

March 4, 2015 Colleen Kelley, the face of the National Treasury Employees Union at pay and benefits hearings, Capitol Hill protests and in the news media, will retire this August, NTEU announced on Wednesday. In a memo to chapter presidents, Kelley—first elected in 1999 after 14 years as an Internal Revenue Service agent—said...

New Broadcast Board CEO Bails After Just Six Weeks

March 3, 2015 After just 40 days as the first-ever CEO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, Andrew Lack—a broadcasting veteran who was sworn in at BBG on Jan. 20—has accepted a job at NBC, according to the anonymous blog BBGWatch. The move, negotiations for which first surfaced in the Hollywood trade publication...

Hillary Clinton Not Alone in Using Private Emails to Govern

March 3, 2015 The revelation that former secretary of State and likely presidential candidate Hillary Clinton conducted State Department business using private emails is only the latest in a string of such disclosures: leaders at the Internal Revenue Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Chemical Safety Board have also used personal accounts...

Senators Press for Flood Insurance Fraud Probe

March 2, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency failed to follow up on indicators that insurance companies altered damage assessments to avoid payouts to victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, according to news reports, court records and senators from New York and New Jersey. As detailed Sunday night in a “60 Minutes” broadcast,...

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