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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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Nonpartisan research office pressed to disclose story behind withdrawn tax study

November 27, 2012 House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., is pressing the director of the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service to clarify the status of a recently withdrawn study of the economic impact of taxation on the wealthy. In October, CRS managers responded to objections from Republican senators and ...

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Former SEC inspector general challenges allegations of bias, sexual improprieties

November 26, 2012 In a lawsuit filed in federal court this month, the former assistant inspector general for investigations at the Securities and Exchange Commission said he was wrongfully terminated in October because he had forwarded evidence of misconduct to SEC commissioners, Congress and the agency’s oversight committee. In a sometimes graphic complaint, ...

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Feds worry transition to second Obama term will break their stride

November 26, 2012 Uncertainty over top-level vacancies during transitions between administrations can impede progress, even if a president is elected for a second term, according to nearly half the federal employees responding to a survey by Government Executive’s research arm. Past transitions slowed the progress of federal initiatives, according to 48 percent of ...

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Obama administration falls slightly short of goal for cutting improper payments

November 26, 2012 The error rate in payments to contractors, grantees and beneficiaries of government programs has been reduced to 4.3 percent from a high-water mark of 5.4 percent in fiscal 2009, the White House announced on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The estimated savings from avoiding erroneous payments tops $47 billion for the ...

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Homeland Security achieves new level in auditability

November 21, 2012 The Homeland Security Department’s decade-long struggle to integrate components and achieve clean books passed a major milestone with the release this month of DHS’ annual financial report, officials told Government Executive. For the first time, the department was given a “qualified audit opinion,” having submitted five statements of financial management ...

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Shrinking budgets and political polarization among hurdles for next four years

November 21, 2012 Dear Deputy Secretary: Congratulations on your recent appointment to the department’s No. 2 slot. As you prepare in the coming months for what might—through no fault of yours—prove a contentious confirmation hearing, you may wish to study the following urgent challenges facing the federal family in 2013. As many highly ...

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Lawmaker asks watchdog to look into contractor executive pay caps

November 20, 2012 In the latest twist in the dispute over federal reimbursement of contractor salaries, a member of the House science and technology panel has asked the Government Accountability Office to review how much several key agencies are racking up in contractor compensation costs. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., ranking member of the ...

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Body overseeing Washington airports called 'poster child for corruption'

November 19, 2012 The regional body overseeing Washington area airport projects such as the subway extension to Dulles International Airport is a “poster child for corruption” that needs major management reforms, a House committee chairman said. “This is a sad chapter for metropolitan Washington and advocates for good D.C. transportation,” Rep. John Mica, ...

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Analysis: Pry a tax hike from the House?

November 19, 2012 With so many clairvoyants gaming out scenarios for avoiding the fiscal cliff, there’s one route available to Congress that has received little attention: the discharge petition. A century-old House rule permits rank-and-file lawmakers, if they are frustrated that leaders refuse to bring a pet bill up for a floor vote, ...

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Former Regulatory Chief Cuts Loose

November 19, 2012 Now that he’s safe back in academia, Cass Sunstein, the former Obama administration regulatory chief, can afford to come off as more partisan in his prolific writings. In a pre-election essay in the Nov. 8 issue of The New York Review of Books, the newly installed Harvard law professor observed ...