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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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Federal Vehicles Will be Guinea Pigs for New Safety Devices

May 14, 2014 The agency that leases the bulk of federal vehicles is joining with the top highway safety regulator to test cars and trucks and pursue technological innovations. In a joint announcement Tuesday, the General Services Administration and the Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said they would begin evaluating safety ...

Senators Warn Pentagon To Be Ready for Full Audit in 2017

May 13, 2014 Five months before a deadline for achieving an auditable budgetary statement, Defense Department financial officials faced tough questioning on Tuesday from senators who said lawmakers and the public are out of patience with the Pentagon’s decades-long inability to clean up its books and get a handle on wasteful spending. “This ...

Senators Vow to Stay on Pentagon’s Case as Auditability Deadline Approaches

May 13, 2014 Five months before a deadline for achieving an auditable budgetary statement, Defense Department financial officials faced tough questioning on Tuesday from senators who said lawmakers and the public are out of patience with the Pentagon’s decades-long inability to clean up its books and get a handle on wasteful spending. “This ...

The Presidential Rank Awards Are Back

May 13, 2014 Nearly a year after a cost-conscious White House canceled the Presidential Rank Awards, the prestigious tool for federal executive recognition is being reinstated, the Office of Personnel Management announced. In a memo to all agency heads, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta announced a “call for nominations” for the fiscal 2014 awards, ...

Obama Nominee for Controller a Seasoned Fed

May 12, 2014 President Obama’s nominee to be controller at the Office of Management and Budget would bring more than three decades of federal experience that he is currently deploying at a private consulting firm. David Mader, a 32-year veteran of the Internal Revenue Service named May 1 to replace Danny Werfel as ...

Homeland Security Moves Closer to Getting Off GAO's High-Risk List

May 9, 2014 The Homeland Security Department has taken significant steps toward earning removal from the Government Accountability Office’s high-risk list, GAO reported. In an array of high-risk areas in which DHS bears sole responsibility—management functions, flood insurance, cybersecurity and terrorism information sharing—managers are demonstrating clear progress, though more is needed, GAO said ...

Not Everyone Loves the DATA Act

May 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story was updated late Friday after President Obama signed the DATA Act into law. President Obama's signature on the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act late Friday means agencies will begin actualizing what has been called everything from “transformative” to a 21st-century tool to “revolutionize federal spending.” The DATA Act, ...

Around Government

May 9, 2014 Spidey’s Speedy Delivery The U.S. Postal Service spins a partnership with Spider-Man to pitch Priority Mail. By Eric Katz It’s the old Hollywood trope: While teetering on the edge of disaster, a superhero swoops in at the last possible moment to save the day. In this case, however, the thing ...

America’s Business Plan

May 9, 2014 The Obama administration’s fiscal 2015 budget—unveiled in early March—contained a new wrinkle. For the first time on budget day, the White House simultaneously released updated agency strategic plans. One document that Beth Cobert, the new deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, saw fit to highlight ...

Regulatory Review May Have Just Made Life Easier for Medicare Providers

May 8, 2014 A newly released final rule streamlining safety standards for Medicare providers is a prime example of the Obama administration’s easing of regulatory burdens, the White House regulatory chief says. Howard Shelanski, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, in a Wednesday blogpost singled out the May 7 final ...