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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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Senators barrage GSA with new questions on conference scandal

May 14, 2012 Leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Monday asked the acting chief of the scandal-tarnished General Services Administration to review the agency’s conference spending and travel, and posed 41 detailed, multipart questions on lavish spending on the ill-fated training conference held in Las Vegas in October ...

State Department denies negative report on Iraq police training

May 14, 2012 The State Department has rebutted a New York Times report that a six-month-old program to train Iraqi police in the still violent country may be canceled due to a lack cooperation from the government of Iraq. The Times story, published on the front page of the Sunday paper, quoted diplomats ...

OMB instructs agencies to further cut travel and conferences

May 11, 2012 Acting Budget Director Jeffrey Zients on Friday instructed all agency heads to step up efforts to economize through more selective employee travel and conference planning, as well as through improved management of vehicle fleets and disposal of unneeded federal properties. In a memo, Zients directed agencies to build on cost-containment ...

IG vacancies hearing devolves into political maneuvering

May 11, 2012 The fact that 10 of the government’s 73 inspector general positions are vacant -- some for as long as three years -- was the agreed-upon subject for a Thursday House hearing. But what unfolded was a series of short debates over who gets credit for uncovering waste and whether IGs ...

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 ...