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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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CBO Tallies Cost of Stimulus Package

February 24, 2014 With Republicans and Democrats sparring anew over the impact of the 2009 Recovery Act, the Congressional Budget Office on Friday reported that its own projections on the cost of the economic stimulus are for the most part unchanged. “CBO’s estimates of the economic effects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment ...

GSA Inks Deal for Zero-Energy Building, Upgrades Texas Port

February 21, 2014 The General Services Administration has sealed an unusual deal to guarantee achievement of net-zero energy consumption in a federal facility, awarding a $6.4 million contract to Schneider Electric to upgrade the Almeric Christian Federal Building in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The Dallas-based global energy management firm announced on Tuesday ...

Watchdog: Successful Interagency Partnerships Built on Trust, Communication

February 21, 2014 Interagency goals such as food safety and homeland security are best met when leaders from different federal organizations establish trust and achieve early wins, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. “Low-hanging fruit,” or feasible steps that can be completed short term, have “allowed officials to establish ...

Outgoing Comptroller Bob Hale Says the Pentagon Can Be Audited by 2017

February 21, 2014 Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale, who oversees thousands of employees processing 150 million financial transactions a year, is devoting part of his final days at the Pentagon to talking up the department’s progress toward fulfilling a congressional mandate to clean up its books by 2017. Despite the sticky issues that ...

Poll: Half the Federal Workforce Says They Might Leave Government

February 20, 2014 Fifty percent of federal employees are mulling a career switch, according to a small, online poll released Thursday. The reasons, not surprisingly, include frustration over the three-year pay freeze, political attacks on the government workforce and an expectation of higher salaries in the private sector. The PulsePoll survey of 370 ...

Departing Pentagon Comptroller ‘Infuriated’ By Press Reports on Financial Management

February 20, 2014 Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale, who oversees thousands of employees processing 150 million financial transactions a year, is devoting part of his final days at the Pentagon to talking up the department’s progress toward fulfilling a congressional mandate to clean up its books by 2017. Despite the sticky issues that ...

Watchdog Taps Contractors for Lessons on Rebuilding Afghanistan

February 18, 2014 U.S. contractors on the front lines of the mission know better than “the happy talk coming out” of Afghanistan, said John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction. On Tuesday, Sopko tasked a major contractors group with supplying lessons learned and best practices to help the U.S. effort to ...

Consumer Bureau Comes Under Fresh Attack

February 14, 2014 Thirty months after it opened its doors, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is still fending off efforts to weaken its powers, or declare it unconstitutional. Last month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case dissecting the Senate’s recess appointments power, which, if the Obama administration loses, could jeopardize ...

No Sequester Cuts Are Needed in 2014, OMB Says

February 14, 2014 Congress’s last-minute adjustments to the fiscal 2014 spending levels in January will mean sequestration will not be a major factor for defense or non-defense agencies this year, the Office of Management and Budget has confirmed. In a mandatory final sequestration report for fiscal year 2014 dated Feb. 7, Budget Director ...

OMB Cites Progress On Agency Performance Goals

February 13, 2014 Agencies are making significant progress meeting established priority goals for achieving savings and efficiency, the Office of Management and Budget reported Thursday. Even when efforts fell short, officials told reporters, the use of data to inform communication among management and staff still improved agency effectiveness from previous years. “Most of ...