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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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Overlap found in most radio programs from Broadcasting Board of Governors

February 1, 2013 This story was updated to add comment from the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Foreign language radio and television programming supervised by the Broadcasting Board of Governors contains wasteful overlap and duplication, auditors found. The Government Accountability Office found nearly two-thirds of the U.S.-funded overseas broadcasts overlap with another BBG service ...

Procurement chief: Government shops as if it were ‘130 mid-sized businesses’

February 1, 2013 The government lacks solid information on past prices paid under goods and services contracts, the nation’s top procurement officer said Thursday. This is just one of the reasons he gave for the Obama administration’s push for greater use of strategic sourcing. “I know everyone buys podiums and tables and microphones, ...

Storm Surge

February 1, 2013 As Superstorm Sandy approached landfall on Oct. 29, 2012, a small, freshly minted office at the Federal Emergency Management Agency got ready. The National Business Emergency Operations Center, launched only two months earlier, organized a conference call with 330 representatives from the public and private sectors to talk strategy. Participants ...

Preventing the Next Disaster

February 1, 2013 When Hurricane Sandy took aim at the Garden State in October 2012, Gov. Chris Christie crafted what would become a nationally visible leadership response, executed in part from a specially designed information sharing facility in West Trenton, N.J. On the ground floor of the six-year-old New Jersey Regional Operations Intelligence ...

Pentagon policy chief: Furloughs are not a sure thing

January 31, 2013 The Defense Department’s top policy administrator on Thursday assured colleagues in a memo that media reports of coming furloughs in the civilian workforce “included many inaccuracies,” reiterating that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is working closely with the White House and Congress to avoid furloughs. Kathleen Hicks, principal deputy undersecretary of ...

Fiscal Talk Freeze-Out

January 30, 2013 With sequestration looming and political leaders conducting fiscal diplomacy via dueling press conferences, one might be forgiven for wondering whether a cabal of staff members employed by the White House and the House Speaker might be convening in secret to prepare the nuts and bolts of a deal to avert ...

Watchdog wants everyone on the same page about multi-agency contracting

January 30, 2013 The Defense Department needs to modernize its procurement procedures to take better advantage of interagency contracting, a Government Accountability Office report found. At a time when savings from multi-agency purchases of goods and services are key goals of the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration, GAO ...

IRS speeds up hiring time, auditors find

January 30, 2013 Despite a current hiring freeze, the Internal Revenue Service has reduced the time it takes to bring in new employees, auditors reported. The agency’s information technology office in particular has cut the wait time from 218 days in November 2009 to about 90 days, which is close to the Office ...

Threat of sequestration takes a toll on employee productivity

January 29, 2013 With few signs that Congress and the White House are close to a new budget deal, agency employees continue to plan reluctantly for across-the-board spending cuts, leaving vacancies unfilled and drawing up springtime furlough schedules, according to observers. “Agencies are scrambling, and there’s nothing pretty about what they’re trying to ...

SBA office worked to block federal regulations on businesses

January 29, 2013 An independent office within the Small Business Administration has worked to block health, safety and environmental regulations on behalf of small and large businesses without appropriate technical expertise, two new studies have charged. Scholars at the nonprofit Center for Progressive Reform in a report released Tuesday argued that the SBA ...