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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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Economic benefits of regulations outweigh costs, OMB says

June 27, 2011 Cost-benefit analysis of major federal regulations over the past decade shows advantages outweighed expenses in most instances, according to the Office of Management and Budget's 14th annual report to Congress on regulatory costs. In the first of this series since President Obama's January executive order requiring agencies to review existing...

Federal grant-making procedures could be consolidated, controller says

June 23, 2011 The baffling array of procedures for obtaining federal grants could constructively be combined in a single document, Office of Management and Budget Controller Danny Werfel said during a House hearing Thursday. He was responding to a suggestion from Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., that codifying circulars from OMB with related documents...

Senators propose shrinking federal vehicle fleet

June 23, 2011 The sums the government spends buying and leasing "nonessential" motor vehicles would shrink by 20 percent under a bill introduced on Wednesday by Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. The proposal, originally offered by the fiscal commission appointed by President Obama, could save $500 million if enacted by...

A Whistleblowing Precedent

June 22, 2011 The charges of waste and poor performance leveled against the National Security Agency in a leak to the press by NSA employee Thomas Drake -- who on June 9 arrived at a plea bargain with federal prosecutors -- actually surfaced first in a 2004 Defense Department inspector general's report, according...

Acting ATF director dismisses speculation he’s quitting

June 22, 2011 Kenneth Melson, acting director of the troubled Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, is paying little heed to news reports speculating that he may step down in the wake of a House oversight panel's investigation suggesting he had advance knowledge of an ATF gun smuggling operation that went awry....

Former Fed chairman backs new plan for overhauling government

June 21, 2011 The latest comprehensive plan for reorganizing the federal government -- timed for release in the midst of a deficit crisis and low public regard for Washington's competence -- is an academic product that has won the blessing of former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. "It's...

Misconduct could cost SEC its building leasing authority

June 20, 2011 Officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking to lease a new and larger headquarters last July committed the agency to too much space at too high a price while illegally backdating documents and possibly violating the Anti-Deficiency Act, according to an SEC inspector general's report that was the subject...

Tough Review From IG's Peer

June 17, 2011 The Commodity Futures Trading Commission inspector general office received poor marks for the quality of its audit function, IG A. Roy Lavik revealed in a semiannual report to Congress. As reported Friday by the Center for Public Integrity, Lavik stated that the IG office "underwent a peer review of its...

Sherrod Balks at Pay

June 16, 2011 The Agriculture Department's year-old effort to make amends with wrongly cashiered rural development director Shirley Sherrod has broken down over money. That's according to a Washington Post Style profile published Thursday. "SDA officials now say they are hoping Sherrod will come back as a consultant to help them address inequities...

SBA called slow to kill duplicative programs and curb improper payments

June 16, 2011 The Small Business Administration has not responded quickly or thoroughly to demands that it reduce duplication in its programs and cut what some estimate is $234 million in improper payments made to contractors, according to testimony heard Thursday at a hearing of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. SBA...