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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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IRS chief defends implementation of health care law

August 2, 2012 In his first Capitol Hill appearance since the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling on the health care reform law, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Doug Shulman defended his workforce and its preparations for implementing the Affordable Care Act against angry Republican charges that the IRS illegally reinterpreted the law, took on ...

Defending feds is part of a Virginia senator’s job description, Kaine says

August 2, 2012 Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine took his campaign for a Senate seat to a crowd of retired and active federal employees Wednesday night, decrying as “revolting” how “some people want to make public employees an all-purpose punching bag in American life.” Kaine stressed the importance of the federal workforce to ...

GSA executive Prouty departs in wake of spending scandal

August 2, 2012 Paul Prouty, a 41-year veteran of the General Services Administration who was suspended in April following revelations of overspending at a Las Vegas training conference, has left the agency, a GSA spokesman confirmed. Prouty, who served briefly in Washington as acting GSA chief in 2009, had until his departure been ...

GSA hammered on ‘outrageous’ bonuses, conference spending

August 1, 2012 The General Services Administration came under renewed fire at a House hearing Wednesday, at which lawmakers added a charge that the agency awarded excessive employee bonuses to the list of controversies involving overspending at conferences and awards ceremonies. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, ...

Preserving The Past

August 1, 2012 In 2010, America’s national parks hosted 280 million travelers and in the past year tallied 398 million page views at their websites, a seemingly popular alternative to hitting the road. That digital reality has not eluded the historians and rangers at the National Park Service, who’ve labored more than a ...

Around Government

August 1, 2012 Conventional Wisdom Red state, blue state, what the Hatch Act rules state. By Charles S. Clark It’s convention time. As Democrats gather in Charlotte, N.C., and Republicans in Tampa, Fla., this summer, federal employees hankering to make the scene might wish to remind themselves of the rules under the Hatch ...

Agency financial chiefs lukewarm on campaign against waste

July 31, 2012 Just a year after the White House launched its Campaign to Cut Waste, led by Vice President Joe Biden, federal chief financial officers express some worry that investment in the centralized effort may not pay off because it isn’t aligned with agency missions. A survey of 300 CFOs and their ...

If You Liked GovEnergy, You'll Love...

July 31, 2012 Calling all federal energy specialists disappointed by the General Services Administration’s recent decision to pull out of a prestigious energy trade event scheduled in St. Louis for August: You now have an alternative. “A band of industry partners,” as they call themselves, have arranged a Federal Energy Management Workshop for ...

Government As Mother of the Internet

July 30, 2012 During a presidential campaign rife with tit-for-tat over whether successful small businesses owe any thanks to government, a related and revealing debate is unfolding in the opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal. Last week, columnist L. Gordon Crovitz wrote a widely commented-on essay challenging the common claim that government ...

GSA acquisitions chief goes on medical leave

July 30, 2012 Just days before a House hearing scheduled to examine overspending at a 2010 conference he helped run, Steven Kempf, commissioner of the General Services Administration’s contracting division, announced he is taking a 60-day medical leave as of Monday. In an email Friday to his staff at the Federal Acquisitions Service, ...