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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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Leaks to Republican ally prompt calls for labor board member to resign

May 3, 2012 Recent reports by the inspector general for the National Labor Relations Board have stepped up calls for Congress to investigate the legality of a board member’s decision to share internal documents with a former colleague who advised Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Recently appointed NLRB member Terrence Flynn, according to a ...

NOAA cancels solicitation for ‘magic’ motivational speaker

May 3, 2012 This story has been updated to reflect that NOAA withdrew the solicitation. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration posted -- and then withdrew -- a request for a motivational speaker on “the magic of change” for a training conference with another Commerce Department division planned for June 12-14 at a ...

HUD Chief a Player?

May 2, 2012 Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan comes off as influential and prescient in an article in the May issue of The American Prospect. Titled “The Man the Banks Fear Most,” the piece by Harold Meyerson is actually a portrait of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and how ...

Air Force chief talks of shrinking budgets, post-Iraq exhaustion

May 2, 2012 As it continues downsizing under tightening Defense Department budgets, the Air Force will give priority to operations and maintenance to make sure that “what remains will be ready and available to act,” its chief of staff said. Gen. Norton Schwartz also told an audience at the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan ...

Eyeing GPO’s Office Space

May 1, 2012 The Government Printing Office has long enjoyed a prime location adjacent to its main clients in Congress. But the way it deploys its excess office space is now under the scrutiny of Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Mica, who has actively sought to ...

Obama seeks to harmonize international regulations

May 1, 2012 Continuing his efforts to boost trade and job creation, President Obama on Tuesday issued an executive order to better align U.S. regulations with those of major trading partners. The goal is to reduce “unnecessary differences” in regulatory requirements in such areas as health, safety, labor, security and the environment while ...

Bill would make better agency customer service the law

May 1, 2012 Federal employees’ performance reviews would be expanded to factor in the quality of the service they provide under a bill headed to the House floor with the blessing of good-government advocacy groups. The Government Customer Service Improvement Act (H.R. 538), introduced in February 2011 by Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, was ...

Around Government

May 1, 2012 Protective Details Dan Emmett’s memoir offers an unvarnished look at life in the president’s security detail without the gossip. By Andrew Lapin If you’re looking for lots of salacious material about past presidents in Dan Emmett’s new memoir about his two decades as a Secret Service agent, look again. Within ...

Hard Sell

May 1, 2012 The ribbon-cutting in Brooklyn, N.Y., last fall drew a bevy of VIPs. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velazquez, and General Services Administration executives joined local bigwigs in October to break ground on the remaking of Federal Building No. 2, a century-old Navy Department warehouse in the ...

Federal Register coordinating more with Regulations.gov

April 30, 2012 The online Federal Register announced Monday that it is “now tightly integrated with the electronic dockets on Regulations.gov.” Office of the Federal Register staffer Michael White said in a blog post that public comments on rules that appear on the Regulations.gov site now are accessible from FR2, as the Federalregister.gov ...