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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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Abruptly Departed Commerce Watchdog Faulted For Audit Gaps, Low Morale

July 13, 2015 Todd Zinser, the controversial Commerce Department inspector general who abruptly retired last month, skipped audits of some programs designated as high-risk and left an agency staff with continuously low morale, the Government Accountability Office concluded. The July 10 report—requested by several House members who had investigated Zinser for years and...

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Small Business Advocate’s List Shows Many Large Firms Getting Set Asides

July 10, 2015 The gadfly American Small Business League’s new annual list of Fortune 500 companies it argues are grabbing undeserved federal contracts includes such household names as Verizon, Wellpoint, Target and Boeing. “Year after year, large corporations illegally receive billions of dollars in small business contracts intended for legitimate small businesses,” said...

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IRS Veteran Takes Management Post at White House Budget Office

July 10, 2015 David Mader, after a year as U.S. controller, is moving over to be acting deputy director of management at the Office of Management and Budget, replacing Beth Cobert following her move to lead the Office of Personnel Management after Katherine Archuleta, the embattled former OPM director, submitted her resignation Friday...

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IRS Claims One Victory in Court Battle Over Document Retrieval

July 10, 2015 The embattled team of internal document reviewers at the Internal Revenue Service received news of a courtroom victory this week in the two-year-old conflict with Congress and conservative legal groups seeking emails relating to the alleged political bias at the agency. In a July 3 ruling addressing one of Judicial...

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Veterans Affairs Deputy Teams with Boss on Corporate-Style Reforms

July 10, 2015 Two years ago, the Veterans Affairs Department’s top two executives were private citizens sipping wine together with their families in Sonoma, Calif., little imagining that soon they would team up to bring corporate-style budget and cultural reforms to “the largest health care organization in America.” Sloan Gibson, the VA’s deputy...

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OMB Pushes Interagency Collaboration to Modernize Statistics

July 9, 2015 Agencies should get together to more efficiently update the government’s array of statistics, the chief of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs said on Wednesday. In a memo to agency heads, OIRA administrator Howard Shelanski said he “strongly encourages” agencies to use such tools as the Economy...

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Most Agencies Embrace Data-Driven Performance Reviews, Watchdog Finds

July 9, 2015 Data-driven reviews of program effectiveness required under Congress’ agency management reform law can promote use of performance information by agency officials and produce improved results, the Government Accountability Office said in its latest survey of performance improvement officers. “Most federal agencies reported conducting data-driven reviews frequently and regularly, involving agency...

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Ban on Contractor Campaign Gifts Is Constitutional, Says Circuit Court Panel

July 8, 2015 A 75-year-old prohibition on campaign contributions by individual federal contractors was upheld on Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Circuit, a ruling favoring the Federal Election Commission’s position over two contractors for the U.S. Agency for International Development. In Wagner v. FEC, the appeals judges meeting...

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Treasury Chief: Consumer Agency’s Track Record Should Silence Critics Who Wanted It Gone

July 8, 2015 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which after five years remains in the cross-hairs of Republican critics, has earned an end to calls for its abolition, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday. “The CFBP is doing important work and was protected with independent funding,” Lew told a Brookings Institution audience...

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House Oversight Leaders Refer Ex-Chemical Board Chair for Prosecution

July 8, 2015 The recently fired chairman of the Chemical Safety Board has been referred to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution, the chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced on Wednesday. Rafael Moure-Eraso, whose embattled tenure leading the independent investigative agency was ended three months...