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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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Lawmaker Claims NOAA Altered Climate Change Data, Issues Rare Subpoena for Internal Research Docs

November 5, 2015 A key House chairman and climate change skeptic is extending a months-long clash with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration by issuing an unusual subpoena seeking internal scientific research documents that the agency considers confidential. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, first requested...

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There’s Now a Less Than 1 Percent Chance Your Tax Returns Will Be Audited

November 4, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service, with 22 percent fewer agents than it had five years ago, on Tuesday reported its lowest percentage of tax returns audited in 11 years. Commissioner John Koskinen told a gathering of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants that his agency is “especially concerned about the...

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Latest Obama Transparency Plan Seeks Improved Email Recordkeeping

November 4, 2015 The Obama administration’s third “National Action Plan” to commit to international partners to promote transparency contains an ambitious array of promises—ranging from pushing out data related to climate change, to publishing federal infrastructure permitting on a central dashboard, to promoting evidence-based program reviews. But the broadest provisions of the plan...

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Heavy Turnover at SBA Delays Management Improvements

November 3, 2015 Over-reliance on acting managers in nearly all top-level positions has prevented the Small Business Administration from promptly addressing its long-term management challenges, the Government Accountability Office found. “Frequent turnover of political leadership in the federal government, including at SBA, has often made sustaining attention to needed changes difficult,” auditors said...

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Bid to Privatize IRS Debt Collection Could Further Delay Highway Bill

November 3, 2015 Foreshadowing the budget battles likely between now and December’s deadline for revised spending bills, lawmakers are considering two controversial add-ons to the stalled highway trust fund bill. One would revive an experiment in privatizing collection of overdue taxes and the other would re-route revenues from customs fees. Both were strongly...

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VA Settles with Psychologist Who Claimed Retaliation for Whistleblowing

November 3, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department agreed to settle and pay compensatory damages to a staff psychologist who was demoted and subjected to a hostile work environment after exposing time-and-attendance fraud and other financial irregularities, the Office of Special Counsel announced on Tuesday. David Tharp, a specialist in the post-traumatic stress disorder...

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Watchdog Ridicules Pentagon’s $43M Gas Station in Afghanistan, Calling it Exorbitant

November 2, 2015 Shocking, incredible, exorbitant. Those were the hardly routine words deployed by an inspector general in a report released Monday blasting the Defense Department for spending $43 million on a compressed natural gas automobile filling station in Afghanistan. A similar station in neighboring Pakistan cost only $500,000, the special inspector general...

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Fighting Back Against the Conference Spending Crackdown

November 2, 2015 Three and a half years after the General Services Administration extravagant conference scandal broke, scientists are warning that the crackdown on travel to confabs imposed by Congress and the Obama administration has gone too far. “The restrictions on conference participation threaten the quality of research at our federal labs, the...

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HHS Grants Official Calls Shift to Uniform Guidance a Heavy Lift

October 29, 2015 The Obama administration’s nearly two-year-old push to pull the veil off grants spending and demonstrate results “is a very positive change” but also a “heavy lift” that will require time and a “change in culture,” a key Health and Human Services Department official said on Thursday. “It’s a new day...

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FEMA Paid $250 Million in Duplicate Aid to Hurricane Sandy Victims

October 29, 2015 In delivering disaster aid to eligible victims of the 2012 Hurricane Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency paid about $250 million to some 29,000 applicants who had also received benefits from private insurers, a watchdog found. The Homeland Security Department Inspector General’s Office used data analytics to compare claims of...