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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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Ex-IRS Official Silent as Congressional Hearing Turns Into Shouting Match

March 5, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service alumna considered the central player in the nine-month-old agency controversy involving tax-exempt organizations again invoked her Fifth Amendment rights before a House panel on Wednesday, prompting a partisan shouting match and ending the hearing after 15 minutes. Lois Lerner, the former director of the IRS Exempt...

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Obama Budget Offers a Refreshed Management Agenda

March 4, 2014 The Obama administration’s long-awaited refreshment of its govermentwide management agenda emerged in the fiscal 2015 budget released on Tuesday, with the legally required presentation of agency priority goals to come next week. As part of a bid to “create a 21st century government,” the new budget documents repeat previous calls...

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Obama Budget Plan Challenges Cuts to Training, Customer Service

March 4, 2014 President Obama’s $3.9 trillion fiscal 2015 budget gives a nod to bipartisanship on agreed-upon spending levels, but it takes on political opponents by calling to restore agency training and customer service. “Our citizens and businesses expect their government to provide the same level of service experienced in the private sector...

Inside the Tech Team Fixing the Obamacare Website

March 4, 2014 In a feat of journalistic access, the cover story in the current Time magazine offers a glimpse inside the “hastily assembled group of tech wizards” who came to Washington to revive the near-collapsed The behind-the-paywall feature titled “Code Red” is by longtime legal publisher Steven Brill, who has executed...

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It’s Official: Shutting Down National Parks Last Year Was Bad for Local Communities

March 3, 2014 National Park Service officials said a 7.9 million drop in park visitors during last October’s 16-day government shutdown cost local economies $414 million, with gateway communities within 60 miles of 45 major parks losing $2 million. Every dollar of emergency funding states ponied up for 14 national parks before the...

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House Passes Bill to Revamp Consumer Agency

March 3, 2014 House Republican lawmakers, many of whom have opposed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since it was first created in 2010, have succeeded in prolonging their protest, passing a bill to remake the young agency’s leadership structure, funding and authority to track consumer data. The House on Feb. 27 voted 232...

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House Votes for Independent Study of New Regulations

February 28, 2014 House Republicans on Friday topped off their “Stop Government Abuse Week” by passing a years-in-the-works bill to require newly proposed federal regulations to be independently analyzed by entities such as the Congressional Budget Office to gauge their burden on businesses and state and local governments. The Unfunded Mandates Information and...

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The Era of Security Clearance Self-Review Could Be Permanently Over

February 28, 2014 Fallout continues from last September’s fatal shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, with a prime federal contractor, U.S. Investigative Services (USIS), emerging seriously but not irreparably scathed. The Falls Church, Va.-based company, which conducts about two-thirds of federal background checks on private contractors and has been charged with fraud by...

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Watchdog: Government Still Has Big Financial Management Problems

February 28, 2014 The usefulness of the government’s consolidated financial statements, though improved in recent years, remains hampered by “material weaknesses,” primarily at the departments of Defense and Health and Human Services, that prevent auditors from rendering an audit opinion, the Government Accountability Office reported. In its mandatory audit of the government’s fiscal...

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Report: Agencies Should Learn to Share

February 27, 2014 Functions ranging from payroll to procurement to human resources management could be more efficiently performed by experienced specialists within agencies or by other government entities, a new report asserts. The time is ripe for strategic collaboration to move agencies along a continuum from single lines of business to multiple and...