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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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Pentagon showing only modest progress toward clean books

August 21, 2012 The Defense Department is at “considerable risk” of not meeting its internal goal of a clean budgetary statement by 2014 and fulfilling Congress’s mandate of auditable financial statements by 2017, a key auditor said on Tuesday. Dan Blair, the Defense Department’s deputy inspector general for auditing, said that despite the ...

Marine Corps pressured to end sponsorship of Ultimate Fighting

August 20, 2012 A months-old campaign to pressure the Marine Corps to end its three-year-old sponsorship of the Las Vegas-based Ultimate Fighting Championship has reached the highest level at the Defense Department. A coalition of Nevada-based union members, veterans, gay rights activists and anti-violence organizations recently delivered a letter to Defense Secretary Leon ...

FAA’s last-minute denial of conference funds irks black employee group

August 20, 2012 An abrupt decision in late July to deny employees previously approved travel funds to attend a training conference for black aviation employees in Las Vegas has left many at the Federal Aviation Administration disappointed and confused, Government Executive has learned. A directive from the top levels of the Transportation Department ...

OMB Takes Heat From Both Sides

August 17, 2012 President Obama’s regulatory chief is taking some hits from the right and left as he gives up a Washington hot seat for the groves of academia. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, published a blast at the Obama team’s “three years of bureaucratic excess” in Friday's Wall Street Journal. In a piece ...

Lawmaker: Too many no-shows at L.A. hearing on GSA building management

August 17, 2012 Republicans on the House Transportation panel traveled to Los Angeles as part of their campaign to pressure the General Services Administration to sell excess federal buildings faster, but a field hearing on Friday examining plans for a new courthouse was dominated by complaints about witnesses who did not attend. Rep. ...

Agency handling of Recovery Act praised in new book

August 16, 2012 The still controversial Recovery Act rushed into law in the opening weeks of the Obama administration is the “perfect distillation” of change Obama-style and is given insufficient credit for breaking new ground in federal policy while heading off a potential depression. So asserted Michael Grunwald, senior correspondent for Time magazine, ...

GSA exec challenges dismissal that followed scandal

August 16, 2012 Paul Prouty, a 41-year veteran of the General Services Administration who lost his job in June following revelations of overspending at a Las Vegas training conference, has appealed his dismissal to the Merit Systems Protection Board, according to a story from Federal News Radio. Prouty served briefly in Washington as ...

Federal program reviews are superficial, Hill and agency veterans say

August 16, 2012 The federal government has become “very top-down” in its management style and uses data and expertise more to confirm leaders’ preplanned policies than to design “intelligent” ones, a new report says. A summary of interviews set for release Thursday by the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress concludes that agency budget ...

HHS rolls out prescription drug partnership with major retailers

August 15, 2012 During a week in which the future of Medicare has dominated the presidential campaign, the Health and Human Services Department on Wednesday rolled out a new prescription drug education campaign for seniors in partnership with five national retail chains. In a conference call with reporters, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joined ...

VA limits purchasing authority amid probe of pricey conferences

August 14, 2012 Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has rescinded the purchasing authority of employees in the departmental division under investigation for two conferences that cost $5 million and may have involved inappropriate gifts. Shinseki also has set up a 90-day independent review of Veteran Affairs Department training policies, VA announced. In a ...