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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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With Presidential Field Still Narrowing, GSA Prepares for Transition

February 8, 2016 Under a 2010 law, White House staff, key agencies and major “eligible” presidential candidates are encouraged to ignore opponents who call them presumptuous and proceed months or even years before a presidential election to set up transition staffs and offices. In this cycle, the spadework has fallen to Mary Gibert,...

Budget Panels Snub OMB Chief on Obama Fiscal Plan

February 8, 2016 A year ago, Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan dutifully testified before congressional budget panels after the release of the Obama administration’s fiscal 2016 budget. Not so this time. Last week, just days before Tuesday’s release of President Obama’s final budget, Republican chairmen of both the House and...

Obama Requests $1.8 Billion to Combat Zika Virus

February 8, 2016 With the Zika virus continuing to spread from Latin America and the Caribbean, the White House on Monday announced that it is requesting $1.8 billion in emergency funds for several agencies to accelerate research into a vaccine and educate populations at risk for the disease. The request comes a week...

Senator May Try to Block OPM Nominee’s Confirmation Path

February 5, 2016 Acting Office of Personnel Management Director Beth Cobert gave only a perfunctory response at her confirmation hearing Thursday when asked about an issue that a senator has been raising for years. Two days prior to Cobert’s appearance before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. David Vitter, R-La.,...

New Acquisition Tool Allows Agencies to Comparison Shop

February 5, 2016 Contractors and interested members of the public may now use the online Acquisition Gateway to view a slice of agency procurement data, the General Services Administration announced. The new tool advances the Obama Administration’s push, launched in December 2014, to remove procurement duplication across government through category management. Agencies are...

OPM’s Cobert Confronts Subpoena En Route to Confirmation

February 4, 2016 While no lawmaker threatened to block her confirmation, acting Office of Personnel Management Director Beth Cobert onThursday faced a panel of senators concerned about a just-issued House committee subpoena and a years-old dispute about OPM’s policy on Obamacare for legislative staff. Cobert, who was deputized to run OPM after the...

Clinton Email Dispute Ropes in Her Predecessors Powell and Rice

February 4, 2016 Longtime partisan tensions on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee resurfaced on Thursday after Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah., revealed a plan to pursue his own investigation of agency officials’ use of personal email that is likely to include discussion of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s conduct as Secretary of State....

State Department Leaders Inaugurate New ‘Lessons Learned’ Center

February 3, 2016 The “secret channel” that led to last fall’s nuclear deal with Iran “was not the first of its kind, but it felt that way,” said William Burns, the former deputy secretary of State who returned to the department on Tuesday for a special event. A perceived decline in the relevancy...

Now It's Defense Chief Ash Carter's Turn to Explain Use of Personal Email

February 2, 2016 Citing the ongoing probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman on Monday asked Defense Secretary Ash Carter for a full inventory of the emails from his private account disclosed in the press last November. “The use of private email in this context exposes...

Obama’s Final Pentagon Budget Request May Renew Clash Over Spending ‘Gimmick’

February 1, 2016 President Obama’s final defense budget—to be previewed Tuesday by Defense Secretary Ash Carter before it is officially released on Feb. 9—is likely to provoke another clash with the GOP-controlled Congress about funding overseas contingency operations in the base budget, a specialist said on Monday. Where Obama regarded the $58.8 billion...