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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To Keep Winning Federal Contracts, Small Businesses Say They Have to Spend More

January 5, 2017 Small businesses upped their efforts to bid on federal contracts, reporting a 72 percent increase in time and money devoted to winning a share of the government’s $90 billion procurement budget, according to the latest annual survey from the American Express OPEN for Government Contracting initiative. Though overall federal contracting...

Senate Panels Pressed to Open Up Nominees' Files Before Confirmation Hearings

January 5, 2017 As Senate committees gear up to consider incoming Trump administration nominees, a coalition of 16 transparency groups and three legal specialists are pressing chairmen to consistently require the release of the nominees’ personal background documents. In a Jan. 4 letter to the major Senate committees, the coalition led by

House Approves Disputed Bill to Curb 'Midnight Rules'

January 4, 2017 As part of their new strategy for working under a coming Trump presidency, House Republicans used the second day of the 115th Congress to pass a long-sought bill to give lawmakers the power to undo agencies’ late-in-the-term final regulations. The Midnight Rules Relief Act (H.R. 21), introduced by Rep. Darrell...

Bonneville Power Administration Faulted for Lax Oversight of Contractors

January 4, 2017 The Energy Department’s Bonneville Power Administration, which employs more contractors than federal workers out of its Portland, Ore., headquarters, has fallen short in monitoring the outsourcing of tasks that may be inherently governmental, a watchdog found. In a Dec. 29 audit, acting Energy Department inspector general Rickey Hass—responding to a...

Trump Nominates Jay Clayton to Chair SEC, Where Morale Is Improving

January 4, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday named his replacement for the departing Mary Jo White as chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission: mergers and acquisitions specialist Jay Clayton. Clayton, a law partner at Sullivan and Cromwell, "is a highly talented expert on many aspects of financial and regulatory law, and...

Trump Arrives in Time to Gain Influence Over Broadcasting Board

January 3, 2017 The Broadcasting Board of Governors, whose management structure and complaint-prone workforce produced years of conflict, has embarked on a statutorily mandated reorganization just in time for influence from the incoming Trump administration. President Obama on Dec. 23 signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which contained a long-discussed provision to replace...

Trump Transition Sought Data for Building Border Walls

January 3, 2017 The Trump transition team early last month approached the Homeland Security Department for a panoply of documents and cost data related to building walls at both the southern and northern U.S. borders. As reported Tuesday by Reuters, President-elect Donald Trump’s staff, in a Dec. 5 meeting with DHS officials, also...

EPA Employees Didn't Intentionally Break the Law With Use of Instant Messages, Says Watchdog

December 23, 2016 Widespread reliance on instant messages by senior Environmental Protection Agency employees did not produce intentional violations of the Federal Records Act, though procedural improvements are needed, a watchdog found. The Dec. 21 EPA inspector general report requested in 2014 by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Science, Space...

Will Trump Bring Back Outsourcing and A-76?

December 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President-elect Donald Trump’s recent choice for budget director had been in Congress only six months in 2011 when he waded into the perennially divisive debate over what tasks on the government agenda can be performed by outside contractors. “I have been approached by several small businesses that have had their...

Will Trump Bring Back Outsourcing and A-76?

December 22, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump’s recent choice for budget director had been in Congress only six months in 2011 when he waded into the perennially divisive debate over what tasks on the government agenda can be performed by outside contractors. “I have been approached by several small businesses that have had their...

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