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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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White House taps inspectors general in campaign to cut waste

July 28, 2011 As promised, the Obama administration on Thursday launched its Government Accountability and Transparency board, naming a team consisting mostly of experienced inspectors general to "make spending data more reliable and accessible to the American people," according to a press release. Vice President Biden on June 13 had announced the launch...

CBO deflates claims on revenues from selling excess properties

July 27, 2011 The Obama administration's hopes for sizable revenues from impaneling a new body to streamline sales of unused federal real estate took a beating Wednesday when the Congressional Budget Office said the proposal offered in May would actually cost the government money -- as much as $60 million over the next...

Senators seek to strengthen Obama effort to recoup improper payments

July 26, 2011 A year after President Obama signed the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act, four senators have written legislation intended to bolster the government's capacity to reclaim funds that agencies erroneously paid to contractors or program beneficiaries, a figure that in 2010 reached $125 billion, according to the Office of Management...

OMB elaborates on regulatory review for independent agencies

July 25, 2011 Cass Sunstein, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, on Friday continued his bid to encourage independent agencies to participate in the Obama administration's governmentwide review of regulations that may be outdated, overly burdensome or stifling to the creation of jobs. In a July 22 memo to heads...

Post-9/11 Report Card

July 22, 2011 Getting a jump on the wave of 9/11 retrospectives being prepared for this September, the Homeland Security Department on Thursday issued a 67-page progress report titled "Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations." As one might expect, it says "the United States has made significant progress in securing the nation from terrorism"...

Senator moves to end minting of largely ignored presidential coins

July 22, 2011 Lawmakers appeared optimistic when they enacted the 2005 Presidential Dollar Coin Act to honor all 44 U.S. chief executives on a $1 piece by 2016. But after a scathing news report on NPR this summer documented how few American consumers or collectors have warmed to the coins, a senator is...

Homeland Security relying more on fixed-price contracts, report says

July 21, 2011 The share of Homeland Security Department contracts that fulfill the Obama administration's preference for fixed-price awards rose steadily over the past four years to reach 10.3 percent, or $7.5 billion in fiscal 2010, a new think tank study reports. That rise followed an earlier hike in dependence on time-and-materials or...

Former comptroller adds another budget plan to debt crisis mix

July 20, 2011 Federal agencies "need to get the message that the days of 20 and 30 percent spending increases are over," former Comptroller General David M. Walker told reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday as he added his own budget-cutting proposals to the swirl of competing plans for resolving the debt-ceiling crisis....

OMG It's OMB

July 19, 2011 The habitually businesslike Office of Management and Budget joined the Twitter generation today. An announcement from its press officers said, "We deal with a lot of big numbers in our daily work here at OMB, but now we will start focusing on a small one: 140." After an inaugural tweet...

Pentagon acquisition chief seeks to reassure industry on budget cuts

July 19, 2011 Major weapons builders must adjust to shrinking defense budgets but need not take major hits in profitability, Defense Department acquisition chief Ashton B. Carter told an industry gathering Monday. "Whatever you're doing for us, make it possible for us to continue to afford it," he said at a conference hosted...