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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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Feds worry transition to second Obama term will break their stride

November 26, 2012 Uncertainty over top-level vacancies during transitions between administrations can impede progress, even if a president is elected for a second term, according to nearly half the federal employees responding to a survey by Government Executive’s research arm. Past transitions slowed the progress of federal initiatives, according to 48 percent of ...

Obama administration falls slightly short of goal for cutting improper payments

November 26, 2012 The error rate in payments to contractors, grantees and beneficiaries of government programs has been reduced to 4.3 percent from a high-water mark of 5.4 percent in fiscal 2009, the White House announced on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The estimated savings from avoiding erroneous payments tops $47 billion for the ...

Homeland Security achieves new level in auditability

November 21, 2012 The Homeland Security Department’s decade-long struggle to integrate components and achieve clean books passed a major milestone with the release this month of DHS’ annual financial report, officials told Government Executive. For the first time, the department was given a “qualified audit opinion,” having submitted five statements of financial management ...

Shrinking budgets and political polarization among hurdles for next four years

November 21, 2012 Dear Deputy Secretary: Congratulations on your recent appointment to the department’s No. 2 slot. As you prepare in the coming months for what might—through no fault of yours—prove a contentious confirmation hearing, you may wish to study the following urgent challenges facing the federal family in 2013. As many highly ...

Lawmaker asks watchdog to look into contractor executive pay caps

November 20, 2012 In the latest twist in the dispute over federal reimbursement of contractor salaries, a member of the House science and technology panel has asked the Government Accountability Office to review how much several key agencies are racking up in contractor compensation costs. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., ranking member of the ...

Body overseeing Washington airports called 'poster child for corruption'

November 19, 2012 The regional body overseeing Washington area airport projects such as the subway extension to Dulles International Airport is a “poster child for corruption” that needs major management reforms, a House committee chairman said. “This is a sad chapter for metropolitan Washington and advocates for good D.C. transportation,” Rep. John Mica, ...

Analysis: Pry a tax hike from the House?

November 19, 2012 With so many clairvoyants gaming out scenarios for avoiding the fiscal cliff, there’s one route available to Congress that has received little attention: the discharge petition. A century-old House rule permits rank-and-file lawmakers, if they are frustrated that leaders refuse to bring a pet bill up for a floor vote, ...

Former Regulatory Chief Cuts Loose

November 19, 2012 Now that he’s safe back in academia, Cass Sunstein, the former Obama administration regulatory chief, can afford to come off as more partisan in his prolific writings. In a pre-election essay in the Nov. 8 issue of The New York Review of Books, the newly installed Harvard law professor observed ...

Pentagon falls short on savings at joint bases, auditors say

November 16, 2012 The Defense Department has not made the most of consolidations set in motion seven years ago by the Base Closure and Realignment Commission, according to a new report that found savings have fallen short of projections for joint bases. The Office of the Secretary of Defense “has not developed or ...

Report recommends merging or streamlining two financial regulatory agencies

November 16, 2012 More than two years after passage of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, House investigators have faulted two key regulatory agencies for poor coordination in monitoring the ill-fated investments of New Jersey-based MF Global, the bankrupt firm once headed by former Democratic Sen. and Gov. Jon Corzine. The House Financial Services ...