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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Obama: Let's Set Sights Higher Than ‘Just Making Sure Government Doesn’t Screw Things Up’

January 20, 2015 In a State of the Union address delivered amid upbeat economic news, President Obama on Tuesday night declared for the first time in his presidency that “the shadow of crisis has passed and the state of the union is strong.” In a 6,400-word, 60-minute celebratory speech delivered two months after...

The Stories of Four VA Whistleblowers Who Exposed Lapsed Patient Care

January 20, 2015 The Office of Special Counsel on Tuesday distributed four new profiles of Veterans Affairs Department employees who experienced retaliation for reporting botched medical care. The detailed workplace stories of Mark Tello, Richard Hill, Rachael Hogan and Coleen Elmers are among more than 25 cases for which the governmentwide ombudsman’s office...

Defense Employees Used Fake Website to Net Millions in Recruiting Bonuses

January 20, 2015 A retired Army sergeant and his wife, both of whom work for the Defense Department, remain on the payroll after exposure of their scheme to collect Army recruiting bonuses using a ghost website, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., announced on Tuesday. The couple collected $4 million in bonuses for referring potential...

Afghan Reconstruction Audits Saved More Than $1 Billion, Watchdog Says

January 20, 2015 Since its launch in 2008, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has issued seven key audits with recommendations for the Defense Department that saved or repurposed $1.1 billion in taxpayer funds, the watchdog announced on Tuesday. The auditors issued 209 recommendations to Defense, chiefly to its Central Command, of...

The Savings from Seven Key Afghanistan Audits: $1.1 Billion

January 20, 2015 Since its launch in 2008, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has issued seven key audits with recommendations for the Defense Department that saved or repurposed $1.1 billion in taxpayer funds, the watchdog announced on Tuesday. The auditors issued 209 recommendations to Defense, chiefly to its Central Command, of...

Prospects for IRS Furloughs Will Depend on Filing Season Expenses

January 16, 2015 Internal Revenue Service employees likely will not know until this summer whether they’re in for a one- or two-day shutdown due to fiscal 2015 budget cuts, Commissioner John Koskinen told reporters on Thursday. Koskinen has twice in recent weeks warned that as tax filing season starts Jan. 20, he will...

Top Obamacare Chief to Step down Next Month

January 16, 2015 Marilyn Tavenner, the soft-spoken former nurse who for the past 18 months sat in the hot seat during the bumpy rollout of the Affordable Care Act, will leave the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in February, the Health and Human Services Department announced Friday. HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell...

SEC Chair's Conflict of Interest Waiver Draws Scrutiny

January 15, 2015 A newly disclosed conflict-of-interest waiver the Office of Government Ethics gave the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission has prompted criticism from a transparency watchdog concerned about the “revolving door” between Wall Street and regulatory agencies. SEC Chair Mary Jo White last February received two waivers allowing her to...

IRS Hits Filing Season Feeling Stretched Beyond Capacity

January 14, 2015 Gearing up to process more than 230 million fiscal 2014 tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be creaking under a heightened workload and reduced staff. Commissioner John Koskinen on Tuesday sent employees an email warning of “difficult steps” ahead as the agency responds to Congress’ recent budget cut...

House Oversight Chair Vows ‘New Approach’ to Energy, Environment, Technology

January 2, 2015 Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announced a reworking of specialties on the House Oversight and Government Reform panel that he will chair when Congress reconvenes later this month, adopting titles that stress energy and the environment over economic issues and jobs, and creating an information technology subcommittee. “These changes will allow...

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