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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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Pentagon Deputy: Defense Contracting Choices Will Only Get Tougher

4:07 PM ET Sequestration is forcing the Defense Department to “literally build two budgets” and, if the automatic cuts are continued, will damage the quality of U.S. weapons systems and deter innovation, a top Pentagon acquisition official said on Wednesday. Elana Broitman, deputy assistant Defense secretary for manufacturing and industrial base policy, said, ...

Did Sebelius Break the Law in Soliciting Support for Obamacare?

April 23, 2014 Two weeks after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned, a new audit has revived a year-old debate over whether she violated laws or ethics rules in drumming up private support for enrolling more Americans in health insurance exchanges. The Government Accountability Office on Monday released a fact-finding review ...

Budget Cuts Bring 11 Percent Decline in Contract Spending for 2013

April 22, 2014 The sequester, the winding down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and overall budget cuts produced an 11 percent decline in federal contract spending in fiscal 2013, according to the third annual Bloomberg federal industry leaders study released on Tuesday. With spending on defense contracts slowing by 15 percent, ...

GSA Pinpoints 19 Federal Properties Ripe for Consolidation

April 21, 2014 The General Services Administration on Monday listed 19 federal buildings around the country it is targeting for consolidation as part of its ongoing quest to economize through reduced leasing and office layouts that encourage shared space. Within GSA’s inventory of 9,000 properties totaling 377.9 million square feet of workspace are ...

Outgoing NTSB Chief: People Expect Government to Make Traveling Safer

April 21, 2014 In a sometimes-emotional farewell speech, the outgoing National Transportation Safety Board chairwoman told reporters that their continued coverage of lessons from fatal accidents is vital to helping government manage risks and build safety practices into everyday routine. Deborah Hersman, whose 10 years at the board ends April 25, told a ...

Is BBG Missing Opportunities With Its Coverage of the Ukraine Crisis?

April 18, 2014 As the diplo-military face-off in the Ukraine ebbs and flows, debate is swirling over whether the U.S. government-sponsored Ukrainian and Russian-language newscasts are reaching enough people fast enough. The Broadcasting Board of Governors at its April 11 meeting in Washington convened a panel of employees who’ve shown success working the ...

Conservative Legal Group Unearths New IRS Lois Lerner Emails

April 17, 2014 Another batch of previously unreleased Internal Revenue Service emails is being showcased by a conservative legal nonprofit as evidence of politicized coordination between the tax agency, the Federal Election Commission and the Justice Department. Judicial Watch on Wednesday released documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request filed in ...

E-Filing Enables IRS to Issue Refunds Faster Despite Shutdown, Smaller Staff

April 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internal Revenue Service, operating with fewer employees and a filing season postponed by last October’s government shutdown, managed to beat last year’s performance measure of the number of tax refunds issued, auditors reported on Wednesday. The processing of 55,434,000 refunds worth more than $164 billion represents a 3.7 percent ...

It's Hard to Know How Much Agencies Are Spending on Environmental Impact Analyses

April 16, 2014 The 1969 National Environmental Policy Act, which introduced the country to the “environmental impact statement,” has been enforced by multiple agencies with little data on the costs of analyzing its effects, according to a roundup by the Government Accountability Office. “Agencies do not routinely track the cost of completing NEPA ...

It's Getting Easier to Find Records of Meetings Between Feds and Lobbyists

April 16, 2014 Close observers of the White House have noted a change in disclosure practices since Howard Shelanski took over as top White House regulatory chief: the online database of meetings officials take with lobbyists, trade associations and public interest advocates has been streamlined. Earlier this month, the Office of Information and ...