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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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Tight Funding Is Starving Financial Regulatory Agency, Outgoing Official Says

November 1, 2013 Though no stranger to budget battles, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission may have reached a saturation point at which its mission and agenda are being compromised. According to an interview published in Friday’s Wall Street Journal, the agency is so “cash-starved” it is “being forced to delay cases, shelve certain...

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Sandy Aid Website Doesn’t Live Up to Stimulus-Tracking Standards

November 1, 2013 On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy Oct. 29, members of the Obama administration’s special interagency task force were eager to placate the homeowners and business people growing impatient with the pace of arriving grants and contracts for rebuilding. On Monday, the Housing and Urban Development Department -- which has...

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Employees Who Qualify for Security Clearances Owe $85M in Back Taxes

October 31, 2013 Some 8,400 federal employees and contractors who went through background checks for security clearances owe cumulatively about $85 million in unpaid federal taxes, according to the Government Accountability Office. This amounts to 3.4 percent of the civilian executive branch employees and contractors who received clearances from 2006 through 2011, about...

Budget Cuts Put Acquisition Reform Back in the Spotlight

October 30, 2013 Lawmakers are once again officially pursuing the Holy Grail of reforming decades-old problems of waste and cost overruns in defense acquisitions. The House Armed Services Committee has tapped its vice chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, to spearhead efforts to establish a new long-term reform strategy. Though rank-and-file Pentagon employees may...

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Taxpayers Will Cover Legal Defense of IRS Workers Hit by Scandal

October 30, 2013 This article has been updated. Though the scandal that rocked the Internal Revenue Service last May has receded from the headlines, the cost to taxpayers of all the investigations and reforms is still an active account. The Justice Department recently moved to hire two law firms to defend the personal...

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Acting IRS Chief Bemoans Travel and Training Cuts

October 30, 2013 Cuts of 80 percent to the travel and training budgets at the Internal Revenue Service have left the agency “in a world in which we’re not training effectively and not co-locating employees effectively, or at all,” the agency’s acting commissioner said Tuesday. “That’s a pretty significant amount of money to...

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Committee Advances Contractor Suspension and Debarment Reforms

October 29, 2013 This story has been updated. A House panel on Tuesday passed by voice vote a bill to crack down on unscrupulous contractors by consolidating agency suspension and debarment offices. H.R. 3345 -- the Stop Unworthy Spending Act -- introduced Monday by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa,...

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HHS Official Shows Grace Under Overload

October 29, 2013 Unlike the Obamacare federal website, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, did not crumble under the heavy traffic of hostile and accusatory questions thrown her way at Tuesday’s solo appearance before the House Ways and Means Committee. Marilyn Tavenner, a onetime nurse and health care industry...

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Va. Senator Asks Watchdog to Gauge Cost of Shutdown

October 28, 2013 The Herculean task of placing a dollar amount on the damage from the October government shutdown will likely be tackled by the Government Accountability Office, according to Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., who requested the audit Oct. 24. Though Standard and Poor’s has estimated the 16-day shutdown’s cost to the U.S....

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Agency Emergency Evacuation Plans Pass Muster -- Mostly

October 28, 2013 Emergency federal employee evacuation plans during such events as a shooting or a natural disaster appear on the whole to be solid and up-to-date, auditors found, though a few agencies reported glitches during practice drills. Compiled in the course of a year before last month’s deadly shootings at the Washington...