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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 Will the Ukraine Crisis Affect the Defense Budget?

April 28, 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ongoing push into Ukraine represents a “startling brazenness not seen in history,” a top House defense thinker said on Monday. “It means we need to expand the range of military options for which we have to be prepared,” according to Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, a member ...

Pentagon’s Largest Solar Project Yet Coming This Fall

April 28, 2014 Construction is under way on the Defense Department’s largest solar project ever, the General Services Administration announced. The 155-acre site near the Army base at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., will be outfitted with privately financed solar panels projected to provide more than 18-megawatts of clean power -- enough for 25 percent ...

GSA Teams With Army on Pentagon’s Largest Solar Power Project Yet

April 28, 2014 Construction is under way on the Defense Department’s largest solar project ever, the General Services Administration announced. The 155-acre site near the Army base at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., will be outfitted with privately financed solar panels projected to provide more than 18-megawatts of clean power -- enough for 25 percent ...

Former DHS Watchdog Who Got Too Cozy With Managers Is Put on Leave

April 25, 2014 The need for watchdogs to operate independently of their agencies prompted a shakeup on Thursday at the Homeland Security Department inspector general’s office, resulting in a former IG being placed on leave. Charles Edwards was removed from his interim post on the DHS science and technology staff following the release ...

Sequestration and the Pentagon's 'Two Budgets'

April 24, 2014 Sequestration is forcing the Defense Department to “literally build two budgets” and, if the automatic cuts are continued, will damage the quality of U.S. weapons systems and deter innovation, a top Pentagon acquisition official said on Wednesday. Elana Broitman, deputy assistant Defense secretary for manufacturing and industrial base policy, said, ...

SBA Isn’t Ready to Boast Yet, But All Agencies Have Met Their Small Biz Contracting Goals

April 24, 2014 For the first time in seven years, all federal agencies in fiscal 2013 met their goals of steering 23 percent of contracting to small businesses, according to panelists at an industry conference on Thursday. Emily Murphy, senior counsel for the House Small Business Committee, in a discussion on legislation and ...

Pentagon Deputy: Defense Contracting Choices Will Only Get Tougher

April 24, 2014 Sequestration is forcing the Defense Department to “literally build two budgets” and, if the automatic cuts are continued, will damage the quality of U.S. weapons systems and deter innovation, a top Pentagon acquisition official said on Wednesday. Elana Broitman, deputy assistant Defense secretary for manufacturing and industrial base policy, said, ...

Did Sebelius Break the Law in Soliciting Support for Obamacare?

April 23, 2014 Two weeks after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned, a new audit has revived a year-old debate over whether she violated laws or ethics rules in drumming up private support for enrolling more Americans in health insurance exchanges. The Government Accountability Office on Monday released a fact-finding review ...

Budget Cuts Bring 11 Percent Decline in Contract Spending for 2013

April 22, 2014 The sequester, the winding down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and overall budget cuts produced an 11 percent decline in federal contract spending in fiscal 2013, according to the third annual Bloomberg federal industry leaders study released on Tuesday. With spending on defense contracts slowing by 15 percent, ...

GSA Pinpoints 19 Federal Properties Ripe for Consolidation

April 21, 2014 The General Services Administration on Monday listed 19 federal buildings around the country it is targeting for consolidation as part of its ongoing quest to economize through reduced leasing and office layouts that encourage shared space. Within GSA’s inventory of 9,000 properties totaling 377.9 million square feet of workspace are ...