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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 Explains Why It Can’t Analyze the Ryan Budget the Way Republicans Want

April 7, 2014 The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says it lacks the person-power and economic models to perform its analysis of the pending House Republican budget using the approach requested by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. In an April 3 letter to Ryan, CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf laid out several reasons why ...

Competency Assessments of Would-Be Ambassadors Will Now be Public

April 4, 2014 The union of retired and active Foreign Service Officers on Friday announced that it had resolved its month-old conflict with the White House over transparency surrounding assessments of competency for the president’s ambassadorial nominees. A new transparency agreement was announced by the American Foreign Service Association, which in February released ...

On April 10 a House Committee Will Decide If Ex-IRS Official Flouted Congress

April 4, 2014 After weeks of intra-committee tensions and consultations with big legal guns, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform panel announced on Thursday that April 10 is the day his committee will consider a resolution holding former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. The former ...

USAID Accused of Covering Up Failures in Afghanistan

April 4, 2014 Tensions flared Thursday between a special watchdog and the agency charged with planting seeds of development in war-torn Afghanistan. During a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subcommittee hearing, a U.S. Agency for International Development official said an accusation that the agency had covered up information on Afghan ministries’ ties ...

Consumer Protection Chief: Efforts to Reach (the Many) People Who Don’t Read the Federal Register Are Working

April 4, 2014 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s three-year effort to write regulations in plain English and engage average members of the public is paying off, bureau director Richard Cordray told an American Bar Association luncheon on Thursday. By using 21st-century technology and involving consumers of such everyday products as mortgages and credit ...

USAID Calls Accusations of Afghanistan Cover-Up 'Offensive'

April 3, 2014 Tensions flared Thursday between a special watchdog and the agency charged with planting seeds of development in war-torn Afghanistan. During a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subcommittee hearing, a U.S. Agency for International Development official said an accusation that the agency had covered up information on Afghan ministries’ ties ...

FEC Member Says it Aloud: We’re Dysfunctional

April 3, 2014 Seldom does a high-level agency official state baldly in a public venue that her taxpayer-supported regulatory authority is utterly failing to do its job. Ann Ravel, vice chairwoman of the long-controversial Federal Election Commission, came close to such Washington hari-kari in an op-ed in Thursday’s New York Times. The FEC ...

Civil Service Reform Might Not Be a Pipe Dream

April 2, 2014 Compared with the Affordable Care Act, civil service reform “is a walk in the park,” said former Sen. Ted Kaufman, D-Del., on Wednesday. He spoke at a largely optimistic panel evaluating prospects for the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton’s new compendium of proposals to improve federal hiring ...

Good-Government Gurus Embrace, Expand on Obama Management Agenda

April 1, 2014 President Obama’s recently revitalized second-term management agenda earned a thumbs-up from a quartet of private and nonprofit reform advocates during a congressional hearing on Monday, though the good government experts had plenty of additional suggestions, ranging from focusing agencies on a few major problems to revamping the federal hiring process. ...

Obama’s Regulatory Chief: Businesses Will Always Criticize Us

March 31, 2014 Despite the Obama administration’s vow to apply “common sense” safeguards against agency rules that are too burdensome, the business community “will always be critical of regulations when there is a cost,” the head of the White House regulatory office said on Monday. Howard Shelanski, administrator of the Office of Information ...