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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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Next steps unclear after balky national alert test

November 11, 2011 After months of anticipation among emergency response officials, the Nov. 9 maiden voyage of a nationwide emergency alert test created uncertainty among federal agencies and private broadcasters, some of whom noted glitches in the experiment. Planned cooperatively by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and...

Next steps unclear after balky national alert test

November 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After months of anticipation among emergency response officials, the Nov. 9 maiden voyage of a nationwide emergency alert test created uncertainty among federal agencies and private broadcasters, some of whom noted glitches in the experiment. Planned cooperatively by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and...

The IRS performed well in aftermath of Texas plane attack, auditors say

November 10, 2011 This story has been updated with comment from the National Treasury Employees Union In the weeks following the February 2010 suicide pilot's attack on an Internal Revenue Service office in Austin, Texas, IRS employees were timely in treating the counseling needs of colleagues, setting up temporary office space and resuming...

Anti-tobacco groups praise bill to ban smoking in federal buildings

November 10, 2011 A bill to widen current smoking restrictions to cover all federal buildings was introduced this month by Rep. Susan Davis, D-Calif., after President Obama declined her request in 2009 to enact the policy through executive order, Davis press secretary Aaron Hunter told Government Executive. The legislation is being hailed by...

A Hoover Two-Fer

November 9, 2011 The week that will bring the release of the Clint Eastwood-directed biopic of legendary FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover also has dealt a blow to the durability of the Pennsylvania Avenue building that bears his name. The Government Accountability Office on Tuesday published a report noting that the 36-year-old structure...

Obama announces new efficiencies, SAVE award finalists

November 9, 2011 President Obama on Wednesday announced new governmentwide cost-savings measures in an executive order following up on the White House Campaign to Cut Waste. He also named the four finalists in the annual Securing Americans Value and Efficiency competition. "From the day I took office, I've said we're going to comb...

Labor Department criticized for abandoning citizenship checks

November 9, 2011 A year-old decision by the Labor Department to discontinue certain citizenship checks on employees of federal contractors is drawing fire from immigration reform groups, who view it as government "shirking" its responsibility to curb hiring of illegal workers. At issue is whether the Labor office that monitors contractor compliance with...

Agriculture secretary previews new reforms

November 9, 2011 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday will announce a batch of regulatory reforms designed to deliver services to farmers and ranchers "in a streamlined way" without sacrificing quality in his department's work. On the eve of a speech to the National Association of Farm Broadcasters in Kansas City, Mo., Vilsack...

State's IG and the Pipeline

November 8, 2011 With President Obama facing a politically agonizing choice over whether to approve the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, the State Department's inspector general has agreed to a request from 14 lawmakers that his office probe the review process used at State to gauge the environmental impact of the...

Agency Chief Recusal

November 7, 2011 As one of the key agencies probing the recent bankruptcy of MF Global Holdings, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is now pursuing the closely observed case without input from Chairman Gary Gensler. The Wall Street Journal noted on Monday that Gensler last week recused himself because of his longtime personal...