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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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IRS Official Seeks Immunity Before Testifying on Scandal

July 3, 2013 Lois Lerner, the executive at the center of the Internal Revenue Service scandal over mishandling of conservatives’ applications for tax-exempt status, will refuse to testify to Congress absent a grant of immunity from prosecution. In an interview with Politico published late Tuesday, Lerner’s attorney, William W. Taylor III, said, “They ...

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Agencies Report Slight Progress in Meeting Small Business Contracting Goals

July 2, 2013 In its annual scorecard on small business procurement, the Small Business Administration on Tuesday announced “real progress” toward delivering 23 percent of all federal contracting dollars to small businesses, with 22.25 percent going to small firms in fiscal 2012, compared with 21.65 percent in 2011. “As a result of a ...

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Officials Showcase Weather Service’s Value in Time of Austerity

July 2, 2013 In her first public appearance as Commerce secretary, Penny Pritzker on Tuesday joined a home-state senator on a tour of the Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in its new building on the University of Maryland’s College Park campus. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee who ...

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Defense Contractors and Military Personnel Can’t Fill In for Furloughed Civilians

July 1, 2013 During furlough days set to begin July 8, Defense Department managers may not “borrow military manpower” nor step up assignments to contractors to make up for idled civilian employees, a Pentagon official directed on Friday. Planning around civilian furloughs and “total force management” requires that “component heads, installation commanders and ...

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Defense Whistleblower Protections Expand to Subcontractors

July 1, 2013 Monday, July 1, marks the first day employees of subcontractors on Defense contracts enjoy new protections against reprisals from supervisors for reporting waste or fraud, as required under the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Obama in January. “Previously, subcontractors could complain to a boss, but not to ...

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Focus on The Buyers

July 1, 2013 In a freshly christened office tower in a changing neighborhood in Northeast Washington, the Homeland Security Department has set up classrooms with its logo on each door. Doing its part in the Obama administration’s push to build a savvier acquisition workforce, the government’s third largest department has revamped its Homeland ...

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More of the Same

July 1, 2013 The success of any Obama administration bid to eliminate overlapping or duplicative programs may hinge on bipartisan cooperation from a turf-conscious Congress as well as clear and enduring methods of measuring progress. Efforts to curb the proliferation of education programs promoting science and math, for example, “will obviously mean some ...

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Around Government

July 1, 2013 Debating the Draft One lawmaker says women should sign up, while others say shut it down. The decades-old military draft system could be in line for a face-lift if some in Congress have their way. Lawmakers are making moves to reform the Selective Service, the agency in charge of registering ...

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Divided Panel Decides Former IRS Official Waived Rights Against Self-Incrimination

June 28, 2013 A sharply divided House oversight committee on Friday approved a resolution declaring that Lois Lerner, until recently the head of the Exempt Organizations division at the Internal Revenue Service, waived her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination when she delivered a brief statement before invoking the privilege during a May hearing. ...

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IRS Chief Defends Probe Into Unfair Scrutiny of Tea Party, Other Groups

June 28, 2013 Like the biblical Daniel entering the lion’s den, acting Internal Revenue Commissioner Danny Werfel on Thursday braved unrelenting Republican wrath over his continuing review of how the tax agency’s exempt organizations division came to single out mostly conservative applicants for special scrutiny. As lawmakers continued their partisan dispute over the ...