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Charles S. Clark

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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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Retired IRS Chief Koskinen Warns Against Agency Budget Cuts

November 22, 2017 Safe at home, fully retired with time to putter around the garden, former Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen is no longer under threat from congressional Republicans who demanded his impeachment. In a wide-ranging interview with Government Executive on Nov. 21, the man President Obama brought in as a “Mr. Clean”...

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Interior IG Advances Probe of Secretary Zinke’s Travel (And His Wife’s)

November 21, 2017 Fortified with new powers of access, the Inspector General’s Office at the Interior Department is obtaining records related to Secretary Ryan Zinke’s controversial travel schedule, a probe that recently widened to include the political activities of his wife, Lolita Zinke. Zinke’s travels, often to his home state of Montana and...

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State Dept. Defends Management Reforms Against Senators' Complaints

November 20, 2017 Despite rising criticism from lawmakers, the State Department on Monday defended its approach to a still-unfolding reorganization plan that is likely to result in continuing cuts among Foreign Service officers. The most recent complaint came in a Nov. 15 letter to Secretary Rex Tillerson from Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and...

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Last of 24 Scammers Impersonating IRS Agents Pleads Guilty

November 17, 2017 There may now be fewer phony Internal Revenue Service agents threatening Americans by telephone. The Justice Department this week announced a guilty plea from the last of 24 domestically based scammers who for years were part of an India-based scheme and conspiracy to separate victims from their money by impersonating...

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Mulvaney Might Double as Temporary Head of Consumer Bureau

November 17, 2017 A longtime critic of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may soon take over as its director, according to multiple news reports on Thursday that the White House has declined to confirm. Trump administration budget director Mick Mulvaney, according to an unnamed official who spoke to CNN and the Associated Press,...

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Small Business Activist Wins Interim Victory Against Pentagon, Sikorsky

November 16, 2017 For four years, the small but vocal American Small Business League has argued that large federal contractors mislead agencies and the public by overstating their use of small businesses as subcontractors to meet statutory goals. In U.S. District Court in San Francisco last Friday, attorneys for the advocacy group led...

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House Passes Bipartisan Evidence-Based Policymaking Bill

November 16, 2017 The House on Wednesday voted unanimously to pass an amended Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (H.R. 4174) to require agencies to more systematically assemble data for their decision makers before evaluating programs. The bipartisan bill based on a congressionally chartered commission’s recommendations would require creation of a secure national inventory...

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Inspectors General Seek Subpoena Power, Authority to Probe DoJ Prosecutors

November 15, 2017 In a challenge to his own agency’s policy, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Wednesday asked lawmakers to give him authority to investigate misconduct by his department’s attorney-prosecutors, who under the current arrangement answer only to Justice’s separate Office of Professional Responsibility. Michael Horowitz, doubling at a House Oversight...

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Embattled Consumer Protection Bureau Chief Steps Down

November 15, 2017 After months of speculation and years of criticism from Republican lawmakers, Richard Cordray, the first and only director of the six-year-old Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, announced that he will resign at the end of November. In a Wednesday memo to staff obtained by several news organizations including Government Executive, Cordray...

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Democratic Senators Seek Probe of Commerce Secretary’s Finances

November 14, 2017 New information on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s overseas finances prompted six Democratic Senators on Tuesday to ask the Commerce Department’s inspector general to investigate Ross’s personal wealth and compliance with ethics rules. Also mentioned for examination in the Nov. 14 letter to IG Peggy Gustafson is Ross’s chief of staff,...