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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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Obama gives House speaker cost estimates for seven regulations

August 30, 2011 Acceding to a demand issued last week by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, President Obama on Tuesday sent the Republican leader cost estimates for seven pending regulations, though he challenged the assumptions behind the request. On Aug. 26, Boehner sent Obama a letter asking for cost estimates, by Labor Day,...

Pentagon contracting policy faulted in two reports

August 29, 2011 Defense Department contractors in war zones wasted more than $30 billion during the past decade through poor planning and management, the chairs of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan said on Monday in an op-ed previewing a report due out this week. During those same 10 years,...

Government’s post-9/11 reorganization called ‘worth the effort’

August 29, 2011 The famously chaotic creation of the Homeland Security Department that began in 2003 was "well-worth the effort," but "the merger initially resulted in mission overlaps and policy shortfalls, confused functional and operational roles and responsibilities, dissatisfied citizens and employees, intense political pressures, and public scrutiny," according to new analysis. The...

Archives facility joins Washington Monument among closed federal buildings

August 26, 2011 The National Archives and Records Administration announced Friday that its Suitland, Md., Washington National Records Center will remain closed through Aug. 29 due to damage from Tuesday's earthquake. Engineers are reviewing the damage, which included spalling and cracking of masonry in internal walls and stairwells, a small water leak in...

White House, Boehner face off on cost of regulations

August 26, 2011 House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Friday asked the White House for cost estimates on all pending regulations likely to have a price tag of more than $1 billion. The letter, which also claimed the volume of regulations is increasing, prompted a quick rebuttal from the Obama administration. "This year,...

Polls: Uncle Sam Keeps Us Safe

August 25, 2011 Longtime polling expert Karlyn Bowman, of the American Enterprise Institute, just delivered a pat on the back for the federal employees who toil to keep the country safe from another terrorist attack. In her new compendium of opinion data going back 10 years, Bowman writes: "At a time when criticism...

Performance.gov goes live after lengthy preparations

August 25, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The long-anticipated and many-times-delayed central federal website Performance.gov went live Thursday morning, providing a new dashboard through which the general public can track spending, cost-cutting and progress in hiring agency by agency. "Performance.gov advances the commitment in the president's [fiscal] 2011 budget to communicate candidly and concisely what the federal...

Performance.gov goes live after lengthy preparations

August 25, 2011 The long-anticipated and many-times-delayed central federal website Performance.gov went live Thursday morning, providing a new dashboard through which the general public can track spending, cost-cutting and progress in hiring agency by agency. "Performance.gov advances the commitment in the president's [fiscal] 2011 budget to communicate candidly and concisely what the federal...

Lockheed Martin braces for federal cuts while executing missile defense

August 24, 2011 Defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. "fully supports" the Pentagon's recently announced cost-cutting moves, but it will not allow affordability to be defined in ways that sacrifice quality in systems it supplies U.S. warfighters, a panel of executives told reporters Wednesday at the National Press Club. "Affordability is not cutting corners...

OMB details agency obligations under Government Performance Act

August 19, 2011 Chief operating officers must "redouble their efforts to cut waste" as they lead their agency's efforts to set priority goals required by the 2010 update of the Government Performance and Results Act, according to an Office and Management and Budget memo. "The challenges we face today demand that, now more...