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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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Defense Contractor That Posed As Small Business Forfeits $7.8 Million

October 11, 2018 A company that rents tents and other outdoor structures for events agreed to pay the government $7.8 million to settle charges that it wrongly won Defense Department set-aside contracts reserved for small businesses. Arena Americas, which does business from multiple locations as Arena Event Services, settled after a False Claims...

Acting Federal Personnel Chief Plans to Demand More Data

October 10, 2018 Speaking 24-hours after her first day as acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, Margaret Weichert on Wednesday said she will be looking for “a ton of data” on recruiting people with 21st-century skill sets and for improving “general management activities.” Weichert—whose day job remains deputy director of management...

Accounting Authority Finalizes Policy for Withholding Classified Budget Numbers

October 9, 2018 It’s final. The Pentagon and other agencies whose programs draw from highly classified budgets may withhold certain numbers from standard-format financial statements, an accounting authority announced last week. Following months of controversy and consultation with affected parties, the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board implemented a final version of a statement...

IRS Rebrands Obama-Era 'Future State' Efficiency Reorganization

October 9, 2018 Like many presidential administrations, the Trump team’s political appointees prefer to put their own mark on inherited efficiency improvement efforts. The managers at the Internal Revenue Service are no exception. The tax agency’s plan for “Future State,” launched in 2014 under then-Commissioner John Koskinen to polish up customer service and...

State Department Special Envoys Are Resurrected Under Pompeo

October 5, 2018 Under the Obama administration’s State Department, “special envoys multiplied like rabbits,” wrote an analyst at the Heritage Foundation, which played a key role in the Trump administration’s plans to reorganize government. These non-Senate confirmed leaders on such portfolios as climate change “get their own staffs and their own budgets” and...

Trump Deregulatory Effort May Just Be Getting Started

October 4, 2018 Ten months after President Trump held a deregulatory “ribbon cutting” at the White House, his point person in that effort suggests that the push to pare back agency rules will only grow stronger in 2019. “I think the pace of reform is continuing to accelerate,” Neomi Rao, administrator of the...

Trump Agency Website Changes Continue to Raise Concerns

October 4, 2018 A Democratic senator has complained that the Small Business Administration has removed its Spanish-language website, though the agency disagrees with that characterization. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., ranking member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, on Tuesday wrote to SBA Administrator Linda McMahon seeking an explanation and background documents on...

Trump Feared Transition Officials Were ‘Stealing’ His Money

October 3, 2018 Author Michael Lewis deserves credit for some inside-agency scoops in The Fifth Risk, his takedown of the Trump administration’s rocky transition from campaign mode to governing. The title (which refers to the challenges that arise if a project manager is not competent and leaders are shortsighted) spotlights federal heroes unappreciated...

IRS Enforcement of Tip Reporting Leaves Billions on the Table

October 3, 2018 An estimated 10 percent of the $235 billion in uncollected taxes owed by individuals stems from unreported tip income earned by workers in such industries as restaurants, bars and gaming. But despite ongoing efforts, the Internal Revenue Service is not doing all it could to enforce voluntary reporting agreements by...

Pentagon Backs Off Controversial Changes to Contractor Pay Schedule

October 2, 2018 Faced with opposition from industry and the chairmen of the Armed Services Committee, the Defense Department on Monday rescinded a plan announced in August to pay contractors less money during the early phases of a contract. As reported first by Inside Defense and then the Washington Post, both Sens. James...