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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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How Much Money Have the Obama Administration’s Regulations Really Saved?

June 18, 2014 The latest White House budget office estimate on the impact of federal regulations points firmly toward a verdict that benefits outweigh costs, but observers remained divided over that claim along predictable ideological lines. In its recent draft annual report to Congress required by the 2000 Regulatory Right to Know Act, ...

Senators Want a Proper Count of Intelligence Contractors

June 18, 2014 The 17 agencies in the intelligence community must get a better handle on the extent of their reliance on contractors, witnesses told a Senate panel on Wednesday. Overuse of outsourcing presents risks to both national security and managerial efficiency, senators and an auditor warned. “Contractors can provide flexibility and unique ...

How Agencies Can ‘Get the Most Out of Strategic Reviews’

June 17, 2014 To succeed in today’s data-driven performance environment, agency leaders must direct sustained attention to goals while encouraging two-way communication with staff, according to a study to be released on Wednesday. “Getting the Most Out of Strategic Reviews,” a summary of a January forum held by the Office of Management and ...

HUD Nominee Coasts Through Senate Questioning

June 17, 2014 President Obama’s nominee to replace Shaun Donovan atop the Housing and Urban Development Department told a largely friendly Senate panel on Tuesday that he would stress cross-agency collaboration and use metrics to gauge program success. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was praised by his home-state senator, Republican Whip John Cornyn, ...

IRS and FBI Push Back at Republican Charges of Coverup

June 17, 2014 This story has been updated. The year-old imbroglio over alleged political targeting by the Internal Revenue Service continues apace, with the IRS and FBI resisting accusations that the Obama administration is withholding investigative documents, destroying relevant emails and reining in criminal prosecutors. On Monday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ...

Pentagon Ranks Top 30 DOD Suppliers

June 16, 2014 The Defense Department’s acquisition chief on Friday released a ranking of the top 30 supplier units within the contracting industry as part of a continuing effort to improve the government’s largest procurement operations by curbing costs and professionalizing the workforce. Frank Kendall III, undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and ...

Whistleblower Advocates Praise Senate-Passed Intel Reforms

June 16, 2014 The Senate’s vote last week to approve a package of intelligence community whistleblower protections was welcomed on Monday by whistleblower advocacy groups. The fiscal 2015 Intelligence Authorization bill the chamber passed June 12 would expand and codify available rights for whistleblowers that President Obama laid out in the October 2012 ...

Vanity Portraits: Not Much of a Drain on the Budget

June 16, 2014 The stunning story made national network news: Agency heads were squandering taxpayer money by commissioning painters to produce vanity portraits of themselves, suitable for framing. But buried in a recent Congressional Budget Office report scoring Senate legislation to address the situation is the slightly snarkily expressed verdict that the problem ...

Executive Order Will Ban Contractors from Discriminating Against Gay Employees

June 16, 2014 This story has been updated. A flurry of news reports on Monday said President Obama has directed staff to prepare an executive order to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. A White House official told The Huffington Post that the order would "build upon ...

Pentagon Ranks Top Suppliers to Spark Competition Among Contractors

June 13, 2014 The Defense Department’s acquisition chief on Friday released a ranking of the top 30 supplier units within the contracting industry as part of a continuing effort to improve the government’s largest procurement operations by curbing costs and professionalizing the workforce. Frank Kendall III, undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and ...