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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 employees rank high on list of Obama campaign donors

November 8, 2012 In a solid fourth-place in the ranking of entities contributing to President Obama’s reeelection campaign is the U.S. government, according to a data just released by the OpenSecrets.org project of the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics. Behind top totals from individual donors employed by, in rank order, the University of ...

Paid Ads on the Fiscal Cliff

November 8, 2012 Though fewer news consumers are subscribing to print publications, the venerable tactic of buying a full-page newspaper ad to promote one’s policy cause is alive and well and supplying journalism operations with badly needed revenue. In today’s Washington Post, two such broadsheet ads addressing the looming talks over avoiding the ...

Election no game-changer but may spark budget deal, panelists say

November 7, 2012 The 2012 elections mainly extended Washington’s status quo, though it is the Republicans who will do the most post-election soul-searching of the kind that could open new opportunities for a budget stalemate breakthrough. So asserted four scholars speaking Wednesday morning at the Brookings Institution, as the final tallies continued following ...

Federal employee groups laud Obama victory, seek to end pay freeze

November 7, 2012 President Obama’s reelection was hailed by major federal employee groups as a vindication of the view of government as a force for good, urging lame-duck lawmakers as they confront the fiscal cliff to acknowledge the contributions government workers have already made to deficit reduction. “Leading our nation through one of ...

Obama’s victory gives management reformers breathing room

November 6, 2012 After President Obama comes down from his reelection high and catches up on sleep, he will be plunged into the Washington-wide effort to avert the long-dreaded fiscal cliff. But if his team and the lame-duck Congress can come together on a deal that beats the end-of-year deadlines to head off ...

Are feds really free to make campaign contributions?

November 6, 2012 Last week’s dust-up over a Congressional Research Service analysis of the economic impact of tax cuts has thrown a light on the issue of whether government employees really are free to make campaign contributions. Thomas Hungerford, a CRS public finance specialist, wrote a technical report released in September titled “Taxes ...

Labor Department joins list of agencies sending funds to Sandy’s victims

November 5, 2012 The Labor Department on Friday announced a $27.8 million National Emergency Grant to counties in New York state suffering damage from Superstorm Sandy. The funds, which will be disbursed in two phases, will help local authorities with cleanup and recovery of public lands and infrastructure, with more available later as ...

Contractors eye post-election musical chairs on Senate panel

November 5, 2012 The Senate’s ad hoc panel on contracting oversight, generator of headlines about waste and corruption since its creation in 2009, could be in for some changes after the Nov. 6 election. The only chairman in the panel’s history, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has been facing a tight reelection bid (though ...

Study: Sequestration won’t necessarily mean immediate furloughs, layoffs

November 2, 2012 The odds that a lame-duck session of Congress will produce a breakthrough in Washington’s fiscal stalemate are slim, according to a study released Friday. But the White House and federal agencies have several tools they could use to temporarily mitigate the harm from across-the-board budget cuts scheduled for Jan. 2, ...

DHS secretary issues waiver so ships can take fuel to disaster areas

November 2, 2012 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Friday issued a blanket, temporary waiver of the 1920 Jones Act to allow foreign-flag ships to deliver fuel resources to energy-starved areas of New York and New Jersey still reeling from Superstorm Sandy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross, meanwhile, have ...