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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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Shopping for Training and Development Services Could Soon Get Easier

August 18, 2015 As part of the Obama administration’s effort to streamline procurement through category management, the Office of Personnel Management and the General Services Administration on Monday released requests for proposals from experts in training and human capital. The two multiple award governmentwide contract vehicles are aimed at expanding agency access to...

Broadcasting Board Names Ex-Scripps Networks Chief as CEO

August 17, 2015 The Broadcasting Board of Governors, whose staffers and board have been planning for years for an effective CEO, on Monday named former Scripps Networks president John Lansing to the post. The newly created CEO slot had been vacant since March, when veteran TV executive Andrew Lack bailed after just six...

Secret Service Pressing Ahead with Hiring Spree

August 17, 2015 Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy, tasked with righting an agency under fire over the past year for security omissions and agent misbehavior, has embarked on a multi-year hiring spree, though the precise numbers are in dispute. Reuters news service on Friday cited unnamed sources saying the service planned an unusual...

OMB Reports $22 Billion in Savings from Cutting Unnecessary Regulations

August 17, 2015 The White House budget office on Friday laid claim to a savings of $22 billion over the next five years from the Obama administration’s five-year-old “regulatory lookback,” designed to identify obsolete or burdensome regulations. Howard Shelanski, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, reported on 179 specific efficiency...

Giving Taxpayers More Details on Where Their Money Is Going Would Come at Its Own Cost

August 14, 2015 For years congressional Republicans and a few Democrats have faulted the White House budget office for failing to post sufficient information online about the precise cost of programs. On Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office weighed in on a key bill addressing this topic--The Taxpayers Right to Know Act—scoring it as...

Afghanistan Watchdog Goes Another Round with USAID Over $335M Power Plant

August 14, 2015 The $335 million U.S.-built electrical power plant considered key to Afghanistan’s economic stability continues to be dangerously underutilized, despite repeated claims of progress by the U.S. Agency for International Development, a watchdog said. A review of USAID-supplied production data on the Tarakhil Power Plant near the capital Kabul “shows that...

Agencies Should Drive Harder Bargains for Supplies, GAO Says

August 13, 2015 In ordering $33.1 billion in goods and services through the Federal Supply Schedules, federal, state and local agencies too often failed to take advantage of discounts, a congressional watchdog found. “Agencies are paying insufficient attention to prices when using FSS,” said the Government Accountability Office’s review of fiscal 2014 purchases...

Whistleblower at Hanford Nuclear Site Settles for $4.1M

August 13, 2015 A nuclear engineer who was fired by his contractor employer in 2013 after he warned of waste disposal safety risks at the Hanford, Wash., nuclear site agreed to accept a $4.1 million settlement. Walter Tamosaitis, according to an Associated Press report on Wednesday, settled with his former employer, San Francisco-based...

White House Focus, SES Visibility Help Agencies Meet Small Business Goals

August 11, 2015 The government’s success in meeting mandatory small business contracting goals two years running is due largely to White House focus and new requirements that program managers in the Senior Executive Service pay greater attention to the acquisition process, the Obama administration’s small-business development chief said on Tuesday. Many call set-asides...

Defense Contractors to Obama: Enough With the Executive Orders

August 11, 2015 On the heels of a news leak about a pending presidential directive requiring federal contractors to offer paid sick leave, four major contractor groups on Tuesday wrote to top White House officials asking them to ease up on executive orders “for the foreseeable future.” With the White House issuing more...