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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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Republicans challenge Obama guidance on labor agreements in contracts

June 3, 2011 The Obama administration's policy of giving agencies the option of awarding preferences to unionized contractors on major federal projects drew fire on Friday during a House Republican-led hearing on "restoring competition and neutrality to government construction projects." The session also produced partisan fireworks on procedures for determining committee witness lists....

Departing Commerce secretary laments government's 'aversion to failure'

June 2, 2011 Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, in a valedictory address of sorts, spoke of a need for clear metrics in program evaluation and called for federal managers to overcome "an aversion to failure and risk," speaking Thursday at an event sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service. Locke, who has been tapped...

National Science Foundation nears decision on moving

June 1, 2011 "Welcome to the new home of the National Science Foundation." That greeting, posted briefly on a banner last month at the Victory Center office complex in Alexandria, Va., was jumping the gun. But officials have confirmed that NSF is pondering a move out of its headquarters in the Washington suburb...

Agencies told to go green on 95 percent of purchasing

June 1, 2011 The Obama administration's campaign to have agencies "lead by example" in sustainable purchasing became stricter this week when the Federal Acquisition Regulations Council released an interim rule on green procurement. Following up on President Obama's 2009 executive order on green management, the draft published Tuesday in the Federal Register would...

Efforts to bring jobs in-house may be losing momentum

May 31, 2011 Opponents of the Obama administration's efforts to bring more contract work in-house were heartened by last week's House passage of the fiscal 2012 Defense authorization bill, which contains provisions to ease a two-year-old moratorium on Pentagon outsourcing. As passed by the Republican-controlled House on May 26, the authorization measure (H.R....

Obama’s regulatory chief announces reforms at 30 agencies

May 26, 2011 Fleshing out agency responses to President Obama's push to rethink regulations, Office of Information and Regulatory Administrator Cass Sunstein on Thursday announced alterations to long-standing rules under way at 30 federal agencies that together, he said, could save billions in dollars and millions of staff hours. In his summary of...

From Nextgov: Gates, Shinseki detail joint health record management and development plans

May 26, 2011 The top officials at the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments approved a management structure for development of a joint electronic health record, and confirmed plans to use commercial software for the project "wherever possible and cost effective." Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Obama orders shift to alternate fuel vehicles in federal fleet

May 24, 2011 President Obama Tuesday gave agencies their marching orders on revamping agency motor vehicle fleets to save energy and curb pollution. In a presidential memorandum following up on Executive Order 13514 of Oct. 5, 2009, Obama informed agencies that by Dec. 31, 2015, "all new light-duty vehicles leased or purchased by...

IRS faulted for weak enforcement on energy tax credit

May 19, 2011 The Internal Revenue Service continues to have trouble weeding out fraudulent use of tax credits designed to encourage homeowners to purchase modern energy-saving doors and windows, according to a report released Wednesday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Reviews of a sampling of 2009 tax returns claiming the...

Plan to cap bonuses detailed in Obama administration memo

May 18, 2011 This story has been updated to include additional comment. Unreleased guidance on performance awards being discussed within the Obama administration would cap bonuses to Senior Executive Service employees at 5 percent of aggregate salary and non-SES employees at 1 percent, according a leaked memo addressed to all department and agency...