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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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EPA tops list of pending regulations under review

January 24, 2011 The week President Obama announced his controversial governmentwide search for outdated or inefficient regulations, the White House online dashboard that tracks pending regulations under review showed that the Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for the lion's share. Of the 130 final or proposed rules the Office of Information and Regulatory...

SEC transparency faulted by watchdog group

January 21, 2011 The Securities and Exchange Commission has been remiss in posting reports by its inspector general that probe employee behavior in such areas as conflicts of interest, misuse of travel funds and retaliation against whistleblowers, according to a compendium released Thursday by the Project on Government Oversight. "These Are the Investigative...

Interior announces new structure for regulating deepwater drilling

January 19, 2011 The Interior Department created two independent bureaus and an advisory panel on Wednesday as Secretary Ken Salazar announced widespread structural changes designed to streamline federal regulation and response to emergencies related to deepwater oil drilling. In the third major reorganization since the April 2010 massive oil spill from BP's Macando...

Port security technology vetting comes up short in scientists' study

January 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A panel of scientists has faulted the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office's performance testing of electronic devices designed to scan trucks as they drive through the nation's ports. In a partially redacted report released on Thursday, a National Academy of Sciences committee said the office, created in 2005 as part of...

Federal workers’ compensation payments called wasteful

January 13, 2011 The law that compensates federal workers for lost pay and medical expenses due to job-related injuries or disease is vulnerable to fraud and should be audited by the Government Accountability Office, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said on Tuesday. Possible abuses of the Federal Employees' Compensation Act include payments to deceased...

EEOC reports record rise in bias complaints, progress in trimming backlog

January 12, 2011 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday reported that private sector job discrimination complaints rose to an unprecedented level of nearly 100,000 in fiscal 2010, an increase of 6,715 over the previous year, while the agency documented clear progress in reducing a backlog of unprocessed charges. Through its programs in...

State Department revises its gender-neutral passport wording

January 11, 2011 A weekend dust-up pitting gay rights advocates against cultural conservatives prompted the State Department on Monday to recast a newly redesigned passport application form. On Dec. 22, 2010, State's Bureau of Consular Affairs published what it assumed to be a routine announcement of a new forgery-resistant version of its Consular...

Chamber of Commerce: Regulatory agencies overwhelmed

January 11, 2011 In his annual issues review called "The State of American Business," U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donahue on Tuesday denounced the Obama administration's "tsunami [of] unprecedented regulatory activity," taking some shots at the capacity of several agencies to handle their new workload. "We cannot allow this nation to move...

Green Gaps

January 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow "Powering down all desktop computers,locally connected printers and other non-networked peripherals at the end of the day will reduce energy consumption." This suggestion from Aaron Helton, an Office of Personnel Management staffer, was one of more than 5,300 submissions for the Obama administration's recent Green Gov Challenge. Helton's idea seems...

National taxpayer advocate looped into debate on repealing health care law

January 7, 2011 The in-house watchdog for the Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday voiced concern about the tax agency's ability to handle its role in implementing the new health care law the same week House Republicans embarked on their effort to repeal the landmark law and released their own report. National Taxpayer Advocate...