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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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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...

IRS whistleblower awards program faulted for delays

September 12, 2011 A 5-year-old program enhancing cash awards to tipsters who successfully expose tax cheats is beset by delays and inadequate tracking of cases, according to a new report that is prompting debate over whether the Internal Revenue Service has sufficient resources to run the program. "Whistleblower claims can take years to...

OMB announces final guidance on inherently governmental functions

September 9, 2011 Long-anticipated final guidance on "inherently governmental functions" is set for publication on Monday and should clarify confusion over blurred lines in agencies' understanding of which types of work should be outsourced, top officials at the Office of Management and Budget told reporters on Friday. The final policy, said Chief Performance...

Defense budget could fall by 31 percent in 10 years, think tank says

September 8, 2011 Planners of the defense budget face an unprecedented challenge in responding to new threats in a post-9/11 era at the same time resources are diminishing, experts said Thursday. The analysts from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments were speaking at the National Press Club on lessons learned 10 years...

Government’s response to 9/11 called positive and democratic

September 8, 2011 The federal government's centralized terrorist watch list, which was created after the 9/11 attacks from 12 separate lists at nine different agencies, has likely "kept a thousand terrorists out of the country," a veteran congressional intelligence committee staffer told a panel on Thursday. "If a couple of the 9/11 hijackers...

Consumer bureau nominee wins praise, but stalemate persists

September 7, 2011 Richard Cordray, President Obama's nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, spent his confirmation hearing on Tuesday taking in praise for his credentials and displaying his knowledge of his agency's workings. Still, key Republicans on the Senate banking panel carried on with their months-old strategy of blocking approval of...

Despite its progress, Homeland Security remains on GAO risk list

September 7, 2011 The Homeland Security Department has demonstrated progress in meeting its missions and has enjoyed a productive dialogue with the Government Accountability Office, auditors told a Senate panel on Wednesday. But what became the third largest federal entity when it consolidated 22 agencies in 2002 still must work to address weakness...

What's an Agency 'Horse Blanket'?

September 6, 2011 A hot-off-the-presses book on U.S. counterterrorism policy reveals an oddly named tool many agencies have had at their disposal since 2007. A "horse blanket," according to "Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda" by New York Times correspondents Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker, is "a large,...

House Republicans continue demanding Obama disaster-spending plan

September 6, 2011 Congress returned on Tuesday to take up emergency disaster-relief spending, a day after Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew released an estimate of new federal money needed to respond to damage from Hurricane Irene. Lew's figure of $1.5 billion, which would come on top of the $5.2 billion...

OMB sends Congress preliminary budget number for disaster relief

September 2, 2011 In a first step in what is becoming a politically charged battle over federal disaster spending, Obama administration budget director Jack Lew on Thursday sent Congress an estimate -- required under the 2011 Budget Control Act -- of what will be needed for disaster relief spending in fiscal 2012: an...