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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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A New Ally for Reorganization

March 28, 2012 Acting budget director Jeffrey Zients continues to press Congress to give President Obama authority to consolidate agencies. On Tuesday, Zients teamed up with former Michigan Republican Gov. John Engler, now head of the Business Roundtable, to publish an op-ed titled “Streamlining the Federal Government” in Politico. The two repeat the ...

Bill would crack down on contractor role in human trafficking

March 28, 2012 Human rights abuses committed or tolerated by U.S.-hired contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq would be subject to new oversight and preventive measures under legislation introduced Tuesday by a group of House members led by Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla. Based on recommendations by Congress’ Commission on Wartime Contracting and hearings held ...

Three House members take up TSA whistleblower’s cause

March 28, 2012 One of the government’s longest-running whistleblower controversies recently took a new twist when three House Democrats successfully filed a friend of the court brief with the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the firing of an air marshal who in 2003 gave a television news reporter what his agency said ...

Labor Department names auditorium for Cesar Chavez

March 26, 2012 Labor Secretary Hilda Solis hosted hundreds of members of the United Farm Workers, Cabinet officials and Labor Department employees at a two-part ceremony on Monday to induct farmworker activists into the department’s Hall of Honor and to rename its auditorium for the late labor leader Cesar Chavez. Assisted by Jill ...

IRS is underfunded but ready for health care law, commissioner says

March 23, 2012 The Internal Revenue Service needs its requested 8 percent budget increase to make up for cuts exacted in the past two years, IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told Congress in a pair of hearings. The service is well-prepared to implement coming tax changes from the Affordable Care Act, despite a loss ...

Panel suggests tighter timeline for presidential appointments

March 23, 2012 Congress and the next president should do everything possible to vet, nominate and confirm appointees to the government’s 100 to 150 “most time-sensitive” positions by May 1 of the new term, according to a private commission of luminaries. In a status report white paper provided to Government Executive on Friday, ...

USDA: 'Pink Slime' May Be Gross, But It's Safe

March 23, 2012 For two weeks, ABC News has been running with its scoop about “pink slime,” or what the meat industry prefers to call “lean finely textured beef.” The stuff is an unappetizing but apparently safe filler that meat packers add to the ground beef sold in the nation’s grocery stores without ...

Low morale at DHS linked to heavy turnover, weak training

March 22, 2012 Poor staff morale at the Homeland Security Department is caused in part by heavy turnover among leaders responsible for employee engagement and could be improved through longer-term appointments to top positions, according to Max Stier, president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. At a Thursday ...

Congress votes to curb insider trading, require federal employee disclosure

March 22, 2012 The Senate approved a House-passed bill aimed at preventing insider trading by members of Congress and thousands of executive branch officials. The legislation now goes to President Obama for his signature. Senators agreed to discard a more extensive version of the bill they passed last month in favor of the ...

Senators mull whether consolidation authority would cure duplication

March 21, 2012 President Obama’s request for legislative authority to consolidate federal agencies got a mixed reception during a Wednesday Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing. Most panel members expressed disappointment at agency progress in addressing duplicative and overlapping programs laid out in recent reports by the Government Accountability Office. Committee ...