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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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CBO: Sequestration Cuts Are Unlikely This Year

August 15, 2014 The fiscal 2014 budget that President Obama signed last December contained enough cuts and revenues to avoid across-the-board cuts this year, the Congressional Budget Office confirmed Thursday. In its mandatory biannual update on sequestration, the nonpartisan office said that with Congress in having made only minor adjustments to the spending ...

Former DARPA Chief Broke Ethics Rules, Watchdog Finds

August 14, 2014 Fifteen months after its completion, the Pentagon inspector general on Wednesday released a report that found the former head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency violated ethics laws by endorsing a product she developed while in the private sector. Regina Dugan, now an executive with Google, ran DARPA from ...

If Patent Office Staff Lied About Hours Worked, Why Are They So Productive?

August 14, 2014 The president of the Patent Office Professional Association blasted a recent Washington Post story alleging that some patent examiners who telecommute routinely lied about the hours they worked. Robert Budens, whose association represents 8,000 examiners and other professionals, told Government Executive on Wednesday that the initial internal Patent Office report ...

Transparency Groups Want to Oust CIA Chief As White House Backs Him

August 13, 2014 In the latest twist in the feud between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee over a report on torture, an alliance of 20 transparency advocacy groups has called for the firing of Director of Central Intelligence John Brennan. The White House on Wednesday restated its previous assertions of full ...

EPA Partially Adopts OMB’s Guidance on Cost of Regulations

August 13, 2014 Amid ongoing criticism from many Republicans and business groups, the Environmental Protection Agency should more closely follow budget office guidance as it attempts to gauge the costs of rules it issues to protect air and water, Congress’ watchdog agency found. The Government Accountability Office reviewed seven of EPA’s regulatory impact ...

Comparing the Watergate Gang With Lois Lerner

August 13, 2014 Veteran Washington chronicler Elizabeth Drew, who’s been promoting the re-release of her 1970s New Yorker magazine Watergate articles to mark the 40th anniversary of the Nixon resignation, is eager to draw contrasts with the drama in today’s polarized government. Speaking Tuesday night at the Arlington County Central Library, the essayist ...

GSA Steers More Office Supply Deals to Small Businesses

August 13, 2014 Advancing the Obama administration’s dual goals of expanding shared services and boosting small businesses, the General Services Administration on Tuesday announced 21 new contracts for agency purchases of pens, paper and printing work. The move under the agency’s third generation of the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative went to companies all ...

Report: Agency Leaders Protected Teleworkers Who Lied About Their Hours

August 11, 2014 Employees of the Patent and Trademark Office, who’ve long enjoyed status working for one of the top agencies for telecommuting, awoke on Monday to a Washington Post exclusive that casts a shadow over some 4,000 patent examiners who work from home. According to the Post’s Lisa Rein, who obtained an ...

Misbehaving Contractors Might Be in Luck At These Agencies

August 8, 2014 Agency compliance with White House reporting requirements on past performance of contractors varies widely and falls short of targets set by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, auditors found. For the past six years, the Obama administration has sought to equip contracting officers with richer information on the past performance ...

Agencies Team Up to Improve Communities Without Wrecking the Environment

August 8, 2014 Underlining the links between affordable housing, reliable transportation and a clean environment, three Cabinet officers on Thursday joined in the release of a five-year progress report on a multi-agency effort to create more sustainable communities. The update on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities examines cooperation among the Housing and Urban ...