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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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Federal oil rig inspectors hit for lapses preceding BP spill

December 6, 2010 A toughly worded staff paper presented to President Obama's National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in late November zeroes in on the weaknesses of safety inspectors at the former Minerals Management Service, citing a lack of technological sophistication, a cozy relationship with the oil industry and a...

Consumer complaint website will test wisdom of crowds

December 3, 2010 Consumers who believe they have been harmed by unsafe toys or appliances, for the first time starting in March 2011, will be able to see their complaints screened and displayed on a public website maintained by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. But commission members split along partisan lines when they...

Consumer complaint website will test wisdom of crowds

December 3, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Consumers who believe they have been harmed by unsafe toys or appliances, for the first time starting in March 2011, will be able to see their complaints screened and displayed on a public website maintained by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. But commission members split along partisan lines when they...

E-rule-making has potential, but kinks must be ironed out, expert says

December 1, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Public participation in agency rule-making can be enhanced via promotion on Facebook and dialogue on interactive websites, according to an academic running a pilot program for the Transportation Department. But the "jury is still out" on whether the significant labor such collaboration requires is worth what agencies would gain in...

Justice inspector general announces retirement

November 30, 2010 Glenn Fine, highly visible for the past 10 years as the Justice Department's inspector general, announced his retirement in Nov. 29 letters to President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, citing his desire to "pursue new professional challenges." "I am proud of the OIG's significant contributions to the Department of...

Postal Service contract talks up against new Tuesday deadline

November 22, 2010 With contract talks with two major unions having officially expired over the weekend, the U.S. Postal Service is facing a stalemate with the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association but remains in negotiations with the American Postal Workers Union under pressure of a revised deadline set for noon on Tuesday. Months...

Dignitaries break ground for new memorial to disabled veterans

November 10, 2010 Two Veterans Affairs secretaries and the Speaker of the House were among the dignitaries who joined a crowd of some 400 on Wednesday at a groundbreaking ceremony for Washington's newest monument, the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. On a strip of land hear the U.S. Botanical Garden with a...

Fiscal panel chairs propose three-year civilian pay freeze, hiring slowdown

November 10, 2010 The chairmen of President Obama's fiscal commission are proposing major cuts in federal agency workforces and budgets, as well as a three-year pay freeze for civilian employees, according to draft documents released on Wednesday. The documents commission co-chairmen Erskine Bowles, former chief of staff for President Clinton's White House, and...

Pentagon needs rationale for hiring civilian leaders, GAO says

November 8, 2010 With budgetary pressures affecting defense for the first time in more than a decade, the Defense Department is inadequately documenting to Congress its need to boost hiring of senior civilian leaders, the Government Accountability Office asserted in a Nov. 4 report. In reviews of its civilian leadership workforces in such...

Plan to sell federal real estate rises on GOP agenda

November 3, 2010 A House Republican plan to sell off excess federal buildings and emphasize market-based management of the government's real estate assets got a new lease on life with the wave of GOP victories in Tuesday's elections. The ambitious plan -- it could save the government $250 billion, according to minority members...