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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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OMB defends its progress weeding out federal websites

July 2, 2012 The Office of Management and Budget is rebutting a charge from Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., that the Obama administration has fallen short on its promises to eliminate obsolete agency websites as part of its Campaign to Cut Waste. On June 7, Coburn asked the Congressional Research Service to examine the ...

Senate confirms new Nuclear Regulatory chief

July 2, 2012 The Senate on Friday followed through on a bipartisan agreement and confirmed geologist Allison MacFarlane to lead the troubled Nuclear Regulatory Commission, also approving the reappointment of Kristine Svinicki for another five-year term. President Obama nominated MacFarlane, a George Mason University professor of environmental science and policy who wrote the ...

Around Government

July 1, 2012 Battle of the Blaze Crews stand by for another dangerous wildfire season. Federal wild land managers predict another volatile forest fire season in 2012, particularly in the Southwest, where states experienced record-breaking blazes in 2011 and Texas remains gripped in a tinder-producing drought. New Mexico battled another epic fire this ...

Learning to Lead

July 1, 2012 A president’s time is his “most precious resource,” in the words of Austan Goolsbee, who spent two years on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama White House. “The structure of how the government operates is not conducive to micromanaging by the president,” he says. President Obama’s “focus is ...

Senators would speed federal property sales by easing requirements

June 29, 2012 A Senate version of legislation to speed sales of unneeded federal properties cleared the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Friday after chief sponsor, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., said it was time to abandon one part of a 1987 law giving advocates for the homeless first crack at purchasing ...

HHS chief welcomes high court’s health care ruling with new grants

June 29, 2012 One day after the historic Supreme Court ruling upholding the 2010 health care reform law, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called for an end to “political fighting” and rolled out a new offering of grants to help states establish insurance exchanges under law. Though numerous states had declined ...

Procurement chief seeks sharing of contract pricing data, star recruits

June 28, 2012 Some agencies have so little understanding of what their “sister agencies pay for commodities, it’s shocking,” said Joe Jordan, newly installed administrator of the White House Office of Federal Procurement Policy. The “paucity of pricing data” in one case involving bulk purchases of BlackBerry mobile devices meant a price variance ...

Nuclear Regulatory chairman says IG report 'raises nothing new of substance'

June 27, 2012 An unreleased inspector general’s report faults departing Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko for making inconsistent statements to Congress and failing to support an “open and collaborative work environment,” according to description published Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal . Jaczko released a statement saying the report “raises nothing new ...

Bill requiring OMB to share sequestration plans sails through committee

June 27, 2012 Legislation is advancing to require the White House to disclose details of how agencies -- in particular the Defense Department -- are planning for the possibility of mandatory across-the-board budget cuts. The movement comes during a week when fears of the 2011 Budget Control Act’s sequestration threat have prompted discussions ...

Congress should act to avoid sequestration before election, senator says

June 26, 2012 A movement is building in Congress and the defense industry that challenges the common assumption that the government’s array of unresolved budget decisions can wait until after the November elections, a senator said Tuesday before a panel organized by the contractors group TechAmerica. Automatic cuts to the Defense Department budget ...