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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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Has the IRS Become Gun-Shy on Regulating Nonprofits?

August 29, 2014 Tax-exempt status denied, said the July 25 form letter from the Internal Revenue Service. The unnamed applicant for status as a charity appears to be a mind-control group, “dedicated to protecting the human rights of defenseless victims of involuntary microwave and mind control attacks,” according to an Aug. 18 report ...

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Is the Government Taking Feds’ Tax Debt Seriously Enough?

August 28, 2014 At least one senator wants the national intelligence chief to send a stronger message that failure by federal employees and contractors to pay back taxes is a threat to national security. In an Aug. 26 letter to National Intelligence Director James Clapper, Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester highlighted a July ...

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IGs Should Do a Better Job of Helping Whistleblowers

August 27, 2014 Several agencies are falling short on compliance with the 2012 Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act’s requirements for posting information about internal ombudsman programs, a whistleblower advocacy nonprofit has found. A survey of websites of 72 inspectors general conducted by the Project on Government Oversight faulted the IGs at the Homeland Security ...

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Immigration Judges Want to Break Free from the Justice Department

August 27, 2014 This summer’s influx of Central American children across the U.S. Southwest border has not only created a record backlog in immigration courts, it has thrown into relief a need to sever those courts from supervision by the Justice and Homeland Security departments. That’s the view of two immigration judges who ...

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Issa Attacks Labor Department's Elevator Posters, PR Contests

August 26, 2014 The top House Republican oversight chief has blasted the Labor Department for “frivolously” spending tax dollars on public relations contests, inspirational elevator posters and a trip to a New York awards ceremony. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, charged in an Aug. 25 ...

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Ex-Pentagon Management Chief Isn't Worried By Spate of Staff Departures

August 26, 2014 After eight months serving private-sector clients, Beth McGrath, the Defense Department’s former deputy chief management officer, expressed confidence in the ability of her successors to handle the many challenges in front of them. In an interview with Government Executive discussing budget cuts, auditing and acquisition reform, McGrath, now a director ...

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Homeland Security Science Chief Wants to Know What You Think His Goals Should Be

August 25, 2014 Four months into his tenure as the Homeland Security Department’s science and technology chief, Reginald Brothers on Monday opened an online outreach tool to gather input from stakeholders to create a “north star” set of visionary goals to guide DHS’ future. In what is called a Collaboration Community, ideas for ...

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Is Pentagon’s ‘Security Cooperation’ Office Too Cooperative With Israel?

August 22, 2014 A recent Wall Street Journal front-pager with a provocative headline “Israel Outflanks White House” threw limelight on a little known office within the Pentagon. With combat raging in Gaza between Hamas and Israeli troops, the newspaper reported complaints from the State Department and the White House that the Pentagon was ...

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It's Still Not That Hard to Defraud the Food Stamp Program

August 22, 2014 Detection of improper receipt or trafficking of federal food subsidies being performed by state governments has been hindered by inconsistent data and staff cuts, an audit found. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, run by the states under guidance from the Agriculture Department’s Food and Nutrition Service, has long been at ...

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Case of IG Who Sat Idle for 2 Years Continues to Trouble Grassley

August 21, 2014 The saga of the inspector general who stayed home for two years continues. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, long critical of the how the government handled a lengthy ethics probe of recently retired National Archives and Records Administration watchdog Paul Brachfeld, is calling in the FBI. In an Aug. 21 letter ...