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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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Challenges await GSA’s plan to cut agency contract fees

September 25, 2012 The General Services Administration, as part of its top-to-bottom review of its operations, is eying a cut in the fees it charges other agencies that use the pre-negotiated contracts in its multiple award schedules program. The move comes as the White House is considering directing agencies to take advantage of ...

Next administration should broaden pay range within grades, academics say

September 24, 2012 Regardless of who wins the presidential election, the next administration should strengthen the federal workforce by narrowing salary disparities with the private sector through “tailored pay adjustments within the pay system and expanded within-grade pay ranges.” That’s one of a list of recommendations released Monday in the second of a ...

House Republican slams Homeland Security’s contract management

September 21, 2012 Senior leaders at the Homeland Security Department are “failing to hold acquisition programs accountable” in such key areas as border and airport security, a House subcommittee chairman charged Friday. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, told a hearing of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management that portions of the ...

Bonuses for Cutting Costs?

September 21, 2012 Republican senatorial candidate George Allen expressed faith in the federal workforce as a source for cost-savings ideas during his debate against Democrat Tim Kaine Thursday in Fairfax, Va. Asked by NBC News 4 Virginia bureau chief Julie Carey whether he would support any revenue in a budget deal, Allen launched ...

Furloughs remain a recurring theme in forecasting sequestration’s impact

September 20, 2012 On the eve of a vote to adjourn Congress until after the elections, top military and civilian Defense Department officials unveiled new details on the harm that looming across-the-board budget cuts would inflict if they kicked in this January. Warning two House panels of impending cuts to stateside training and ...

Contractors complain about Pentagon limits on labor rates

September 20, 2012 A key contractors trade group has accused the Pentagon of misinterpreting a 2011 law designed to limit the labor and overhead rates that companies charge for defense weapons and services. The Professional Services Council in a Sept. 18 letter to Undersecretary of Defense Frank Kendall charged that departmental guidance issued ...

Wanted: ‘Adult’ leaders to fend off sequestration

September 18, 2012 The inability of lawmakers to head off the looming threat of automatic budget cuts is a crisis that already is harming agencies and cries out for “adult” leaders to put patriotism over party, a prestigious panel of ex-government officials said Monday. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and former Joint Chiefs ...

Contractor suspensions and debarments on the rise, says White House

September 18, 2012 Suspensions and debarments of companies that violate federal contracting rules have increased across the government over the past three years, rising from just over 1,900 in fiscal 2009 to more than 3,000 in 2011, according to a new report. In a blog post scheduled for release Tuesday, White House Administrator ...

Whose Intelligence is Better?

September 17, 2012 The Sunday talk shows’ dissections of who’s to blame for the attacks on U.S. outposts in Arab nations included an eye-opening statement from Liz Cheney, former principal deputy assistant secretary of State for near eastern affairs. In a blast at the Obama administration on ABC’s “This Week,” the daughter of ...

GSA and Postal Service can improve property management, auditors say

September 17, 2012 Underused buildings and insufficient interagency coordination are causing the government’s two largest civilian property owners to miss opportunities for cost-saving collocation arrangements, auditors said in a a new report. The General Services Administration and the U.S. Postal Service, which manage more than 400,000 properties, rely too much on leasing and ...