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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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DCAA’s auditing triage continues to draw criticism

December 4, 2012 The Defense Contract Audit Agency’s two-year-old effort to review fewer contracts and focus on high-dollar returns continues to attract critics. A recent Pentagon inspector general’s report found problems with the newly reorganized DCAA’s execution of a bid to revamp its audit procedures to stress quality over quantity. The approach -- ...

That Still-Handy World Almanac

December 3, 2012 Despite the mountains of data readily available online, information on government and federal agencies is still printed -- and conveniently organized -- between the glossy paper covers of the World Almanac and Book of Facts. Amazingly this year, the 2013 edition was out and in readers’ hands before the end ...

GSA makes long-awaited move to consolidate FBI headquarters

December 3, 2012 The General Services Administration on Monday issued calls to Washington-area developers for proposals to redevelop the office complex at Federal Triangle South and to create a consolidated headquarters for the FBI, which has long outgrown the J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. The requests for information were presented ...

Pelosi fires up discharge petition to extend middle-class tax cuts

December 3, 2012 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Friday said she would file a rarely used discharge petition in a bid to force a House floor vote on a Senate-passed bill to extend the George W. Bush tax cuts for all but the wealthiest Americans. At her Friday press conference, Pelosi ...

Starting From Square One

December 1, 2012 The upside of being the newest federal agency is the opportunity to start from scratch in designing and staffing an innovative operation. The downside for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is setting up and branding a fledgling agency while under fire from critics in Congress who’ve never abandoned hopes of ...

Intelligence community must adapt to era of vast data, study says

November 30, 2012 The digital information revolution has handed the U.S. intelligence community a slew of new challenges that are nowhere close to resolution, a new study says. The 21st-century problems range from mountains of data to accelerated pace of change to competing information flow from nongovernmental sources to fears of violating privacy ...

Senate approves wartime contracting reform bill

November 30, 2012 The Senate on Thursday added broad overseas contracting reform to its version of the Defense authorization bill, handing Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., a victory in her six-year effort to crack down on procurement waste in war zones. The Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act was introduced in February after a report ...

GSA acquisition chief returns

November 30, 2012 Stephen Kempf, the longtime commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, has returned from two months of medical leave. But he has a new title. Followers of the zigs and zags of recent scandals over GSA’s extravagant spending at conferences might recall that Kempf took off in September ...

Alumni of 1990 fiscal talks offer lessons for 'cliff' walkers

November 30, 2012 If Washington’s budgetary gladiators are to avoid the fiscal cliff, then they need to work in smaller groups; avoid the media; dismiss objections from colleagues, core constituents and lobbyists; and put the good of the country before their own political futures. Such was the rough consensus among a panel of ...

Senate clears bill requiring Homeland Security to achieve clean books

November 29, 2012 The Senate on Wednesday night unanimously passed a bill to require the Homeland Security Department to pass a full financial audit, a step toward which DHS recently claimed progress. The bipartisan Department of Homeland Security Audit Requirement Target Act, championed by Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del.; Scott Brown, R-Mass.; and Ron ...