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Charles S. Clark

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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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The Savings from Seven Key Afghanistan Audits: $1.1 Billion

January 20, 2015 Since its launch in 2008, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has issued seven key audits with recommendations for the Defense Department that saved or repurposed $1.1 billion in taxpayer funds, the watchdog announced on Tuesday. The auditors issued 209 recommendations to Defense, chiefly to its Central Command, of...

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Prospects for IRS Furloughs Will Depend on Filing Season Expenses

January 16, 2015 Internal Revenue Service employees likely will not know until this summer whether they’re in for a one- or two-day shutdown due to fiscal 2015 budget cuts, Commissioner John Koskinen told reporters on Thursday. Koskinen has twice in recent weeks warned that as tax filing season starts Jan. 20, he will...

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Top Obamacare Chief to Step down Next Month

January 16, 2015 Marilyn Tavenner, the soft-spoken former nurse who for the past 18 months sat in the hot seat during the bumpy rollout of the Affordable Care Act, will leave the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in February, the Health and Human Services Department announced Friday. HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell...

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SEC Chair's Conflict of Interest Waiver Draws Scrutiny

January 15, 2015 A newly disclosed conflict-of-interest waiver the Office of Government Ethics gave the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission has prompted criticism from a transparency watchdog concerned about the “revolving door” between Wall Street and regulatory agencies. SEC Chair Mary Jo White last February received two waivers allowing her to...

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IRS Hits Filing Season Feeling Stretched Beyond Capacity

January 14, 2015 Gearing up to process more than 230 million fiscal 2014 tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be creaking under a heightened workload and reduced staff. Commissioner John Koskinen on Tuesday sent employees an email warning of “difficult steps” ahead as the agency responds to Congress’ recent budget cut...

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House Oversight Chair Vows ‘New Approach’ to Energy, Environment, Technology

January 2, 2015 Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announced a reworking of specialties on the House Oversight and Government Reform panel that he will chair when Congress reconvenes later this month, adopting titles that stress energy and the environment over economic issues and jobs, and creating an information technology subcommittee. “These changes will allow...

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Defense Agency Faulted for Wrongful Challenge to Contractor

December 31, 2014 The Defense Contract Audit Agency’s decision to reject $6.6 million in a contractor’s claimed costs in fiscal 2008 did not comply with generally accepted government auditing standards, the Defense Department’s watchdog found. The probe of a complaint received over the inspector general’s hotline substantiated a challenge to methods used by...

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CDC Officials Own Up to Missing Ebola Signals

December 30, 2014 Both the director and the top Ebola expert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged regrets about decisions made as the virus lulled and then spread last spring, according to a lengthy analysis published Monday in The New York Times. Dr. Pierre Rollin, the CDC Ebola specialist who...

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Pass-Through Contracts for War Zones Need Monitoring, GAO Finds

December 29, 2014 Three agencies working overseas that together spent $322 billion on contracting in fiscal 2013 need to improve guidance given contracting officers to reduce risk of overpayments, a watchdog found. Two-thirds of that money is funneled through prime contractors to smaller contractors who perform most of the work. Use of pass-through...

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Anti-ISIS Operation Gets Its Own Inspector General

December 23, 2014 Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. military’s campaign of airstrikes coupled with training of local troops to degrade the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, now has its own inspector general to watch for waste in the effort. Jon Rymer, the Defense Department watchdog, was named on Dec. 17 as the...