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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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Administration reveals misgivings on transparency bill

May 10, 2012 The so-called DATA Act, a bipartisan bill to require uniform online reporting on agencies’ spending, faces an uncertain fate in the Senate and the White House after sailing through the House last month. On Thursday, new clues emerged when Danny Werfel, the U.S. controller, testified for the Office of Management ...

White House reinforces bid to kill unnecessary regulations

May 10, 2012 President Obama on Thursday issued an executive order reinforcing his continuing campaign to look back at federal regulations and eliminate those that “are not necessary, or that impose unnecessary burdens on America’s families and businesses,” as he described it in a statement. The order to cut red tape, which builds ...

Acting Pentagon IG answers critics of record on whistleblowers

May 9, 2012 Lynne Halbrooks, acting Defense Department inspector general, is pushing back against critics inside and outside government who charge that her office is wrongly dismissing too many whistleblower cases. The nonprofit Project on Government Oversight recently obtained through the Freedom of Information Act a May 2011 report from the Pentagon IG ...

Senators invoke GSA scandal during procurement nominee’s hearing

May 9, 2012 President Obama’s nominee to be administrator of the White House Office of Federal Procurement Policy testified on Wednesday before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, whose leaders invoked the recent spending scandal at the General Services Administration as reason for action against waste. “With more than $500 billion ...

Whistleblower protection bill clears Senate

May 9, 2012 The Senate on Tuesday passed a longtime in the works bill to expand protections to federal workers who report wrongdoing. The vote by unanimous consent was hailed by many watchdog and transparency groups. The bipartisan Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (S. 743), sponsored by Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, chairman of the ...

Cabinet secretaries jab the media and Congress

May 8, 2012 Employees at the scandal-tarnished General Services Administration are as “disappointed, angry and frustrated as the American people” by the recent revelations of a lavish training conference held in Las Vegas, the agency’s acting administrator said Tuesday. But the irony in all the attention from Congress and the media, added Dan ...

Budget crisis: A chance to improve, not dismantle, government?

May 7, 2012 As the November elections draw nearer, the budget debate will not be about whether to cut government spending, but how, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., told an audience of federal workers on Monday. While Democrats tend to focus on how to make the government more efficient, most Republicans seek ways ...

OMB releases second ‘mythbusting’ memo to improve communication with contractors

May 7, 2012 Asserting that “early, frequent and constructive engagement with industry leads to better acquisition outcomes,” the Office of Management and Budget on Monday released Mythbusting 2, a follow-up to guidance sent out in 2011 to encourage agencies and contractors to shed some of their reluctance to communicate. “Whereas we focused last ...

A Spam-Braving Fed

May 7, 2012 At a small business contracting conference on Monday, one senior federal executive demonstrated some bona fides. During a session called a “Smackdown” put on by the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council, in which industry representatives were permitted to vent, question and challenge a panel of federal small business contracting ...

Magic acts at conferences can add substance, professionals say

May 4, 2012 “The Magic of Change” was to be the theme of the now canceled presentation by a magician-cum-inspirational speaker planned for a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration conference in June. That’s also the title of a presentation given by corporate executive-turned magician Joe M. Turner. But Turner said he learned of ...