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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charles S. 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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Shovel-Ready Agency Funds

September 19, 2011 Rolled into the Obama administration's jobs and deficit-cutting blitz is an effort to boost the economy by accelerating agency spending of quickly depleting stimulus money. In a little-noticed memo to agencies on Thursday, Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew called on agencies to speed their discretionary grant money...

Obama jobs and deficit proposal targets contractor executive pay

September 19, 2011 President Obama's economic growth and deficit reduction plan released Monday includes a long-awaited provision that would lower the cap on the maximum executive compensation reimbursable to federal contractors. A report accompanying the Obama administration's proposed jobs legislation, which spells out plans to save $3 trillion over 10 years, recommends an...

Alumni Loyalty to the SEC

September 16, 2011 Interesting turn of events with Harvey Pitt, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission under the George W. Bush administration who resigned under fire. The longtime attorney for the financial industry at a hearing on Thursday came out against plans by Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee to...

Four departments resist call to comply with Small Business Act

September 16, 2011 Conflicting interpretations of agency internal reporting requirements in the Small Business Act have prompted a stalemate between four departments and congressional overseers examining the performance of programs designed to assure that small businesses get a fair share of federal contracting. The Government Accountability Office in a report had found that...

Pentagon financial officers report modest progress toward clean books

September 16, 2011 The Defense Department's top team of financial managers on Thursday reported progress toward meeting the congressionally set goal of reforming the Pentagon's systems to be fully auditable by 2017, but they acknowledged many obstacles still must be overcome. "Since the mid-1990s, federal agencies have been required to produce auditable financial...

Biden tells Cabinet of agency progress in curbing waste

September 14, 2011 Vice President Joe Biden for the first time was briefing a Cabinet meeting on specific agency progress in the administration's Campaign to Cut Waste, according to senior White House and agency officials. The efficiencies Biden was announcing Wednesday come after a "steady drumbeat" of agency reports of new steps to...

No big budget deal before 2012 election, says former comptroller general

September 14, 2011 Addressing the nation's budget crisis requires a "grand bargain" -- even double the $1.5 trillion Congress aims to save by Thanksgiving -- and such a deal is politically unlikely until after the 2012 elections, former Comptroller General David Walker said on Wednesday. "We've got to present the American people with...

Kumbaya on Disaster Funds?

September 13, 2011 Last week House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and President Obama were talking past one another on the issue of additional funding to relieve communities devastated by Hurricane Irene. Cantor, having asserted that any new spending on disaster relief would have to be offset by other spending cuts, was demanding...

White House clarification of ‘inherently governmental functions’ draws criticism

September 13, 2011 The Office of Management and Budget's final letter on "inherently governmental functions" released on Monday was bound to draw some criticisms, and it did. The document, intended to help agencies achieve a better balance between work performed in-house and contracted out, includes lists of functions that are clearly inherently governmental...

Contracting services fails to save agencies money, report says

September 13, 2011 The outsourcing of federal services -- currently a $300 billion annual expense for taxpayers -- actually costs more than doing the work in-house, according to a years-in-the-making study released on Tuesday by the nonprofit watchdog group the Project on Government Oversight. Though outsourcing is designed to both save money and...