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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charlie 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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When Obama’s Veto Threat Is Serious

February 4, 2015 White House veto threats, which come in the form of “Statements of Administration Policy” sent to reporters by the Office of Management and Budget, usually adhere to a standard format. “If the president were presented with this legislation, his senior advisers would recommend that he veto this bill,” goes the ...

FOIA Reform Bills Revived in Both Chambers of Congress

February 4, 2015 Bipartisan legislation to toughen the Freedom of Information Act has been reintroduced just weeks after advocates ran out of time in the previous Congress. The FOIA Improvement Act, introduced by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Tuesday won an endorsement from newly installed Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. ...

Obama Administration Frustrates Inspectors General on Records Access

February 3, 2015 A little-noticed passage in President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget is combining with delays by FBI records managers to frustrate inspectors general and their congressional allies in their efforts to clarify the watchdogs’ authority to gain full access to agency documents. A Tuesday hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform ...

NTEU Troops Blitz Congress Seeking 3.8 Percent Pay Raise, End to Sequestration

February 3, 2015 Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, has a voting record that scores 100 percent approval from the National Treasury Employees Union. So it was no surprise that she brought hundreds of members to their feet when she told NTEU’s legislative conference on Tuesday that “I stand with you.” Taking aim at the ...

Obama's Budget Offers 'Smart' Spending Cuts to Pay for Management Initiatives, End to Sequestration

February 2, 2015 President Obama’s $4 trillion fiscal 2016 budget would rely on new revenues and “smart spending cuts” to continue the administration’s investments in its second-term management agenda and to help pay for an end to sequestration and a $38 billion boost in defense spending, while lowering the deficit. Newly released budget ...

Obama Revives Agency Consolidation Proposal

February 2, 2015 Advance summaries of President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget say the $4 trillion plan will include proposals to “consolidate and reorganize government agencies to make them leaner and more efficient,” according to a Monday White House fact sheet. That could mean a resurrection of a plan Obama offered in January 2012 ...

Obama's Budget Would Cut Just 3,500 Pentagon Civilian Jobs

February 1, 2015 President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget to be released Monday is expected to propose $35 billion more in defense funding than the current spending caps would allow, as well as a reduction of 3,500 civilian positions, according to a think tank analyst and news reports. The expected $534 billion Pentagon top ...

Obama Budget Would Cut 3,500 Pentagon Civilian Jobs

January 30, 2015 President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget to be released Monday is expected to propose $35 billion more in defense funding than the current spending caps would allow, as well as a reduction of 3,500 civilian positions, according to a think tank analyst and news reports. The expected $534 billion Pentagon top ...

New Leader of Federal IGs Stresses Value of Independence

January 30, 2015 Freshly installed as chairman of the inspectors general council, Michael Horowitz confirmed quickly what his peers value most: their independence. The 72 members of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency share a desire to avoid being doormats for their agency chiefs, but they also think independently ...

HHS Finds Taxpayers Some Help Navigating Obamacare Requirements

January 29, 2015 The annual headaches of filing a tax return this year will be compounded by the first round of reporting basic income and insurance information under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced that her department has enlisted an array of nonprofits ...