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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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Homeland Security Advised to Segregate Spending Streams

January 6, 2014 The Homeland Security Department could help Congress better evaluate its nearly $60 billion annual budget if it separated spending on management and administrative functions from spending on fulfilling its mission, an audit found. The Government Accountability Office, after reviewing eight DHS components representing 88 percent of the department’s budget, determined ...

A Wisconsin Divide Over Obamacare Lawsuit

January 6, 2014 A Republican senator has filed a lawsuit against the Office of Personnel Management, claiming the Obama administration acted illegally when it exempted some congressional staff from having to enroll in the health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. In an op-ed in Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Wisconsin Republican Ron ...

OMB Directs Agencies to Embrace ‘Value Engineering’

January 3, 2014 In its first such update in two decades, the Office of Management and Budget has revised long-standing guidance instructing agency managers to adopt the private-sector discipline known as “value engineering” to boost innovation and achieve savings. In a revision of OMB Circular A-131 published Dec. 26 in the Federal Register, ...

Labor IG: No More Advance Peeks at Jobs Data for Media

January 3, 2014 The Labor Department should consider eliminating its evolving procedures for press “lockups” when it releases sensitive weekly data on unemployment claims because the steps are not well documented and the approach “creates an unfair competitive advantage for certain news organizations and their clients,” according to a new audit. In recent ...

SEC’s Revolving Door To Turn A Little Slower

January 2, 2014 Some senior employees of the Securities and Exchange Commission who leave for the private sector soon will be subject to the same restrictions that have long applied to most ex-SEC senior staff on lobbying their former agency. The new regulation, which takes effect in April 2014, eliminates agency-requested exemptions for ...

Public Has Little Faith in Uncle Sam

January 2, 2014 The notion of a “can-do” federal government -- to the surprise of few -- took a beating in a poll released Thursday, with 70 percent of Americans saying they lack confidence in the government's ability “to make progress on the important problems and issues facing the country in 2014.” About ...

Retiring Obamacare Manager Draws Both Praise and Fire

December 31, 2013 Michelle Snyder, the high-level Medicare and Medicaid officer and a key manager of the disastrous rollout of the Obama administration’s online health insurance exchange, retired Tuesday amid high praise from her bosses at the Health and Human Services Department and withering criticism from Republicans who opposed the Affordable Care Act. ...

Small Business Contractors Get Boost in Defense Authorization

December 30, 2013 The defense authorization bill President Obama signed on Dec. 26 includes two sections designed to help small business contractors. Both measures were hailed by Republicans on the House Small Business Committee but critiqued by the American Small Business Coalition, a McLean, Va.-based membership group for federal contractors. The massive fiscal ...

Social Security Administration Asked to Improve Interagency Death List

December 30, 2013 As the compiler of the death master list of Americans used by many agencies, the Social Security Administration could do more to reduce data errors and erroneous payments to deceased beneficiaries by clarifying the risks, Congress’ watchdog found. “SSA lacks written guidelines other than the language in the [Social Security] ...

Agencies Beg to Differ With Entries in Senator’s ‘Wastebook’

December 20, 2013 Representatives from at least two agencies portrayed unflatteringly in Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn’s “Wastebook” released on Tuesday have weighed in with objections to how their projects were characterized. In his fourth annual compilation of some 100 ways in which, based on research by the senator’s staff, the government appears ...