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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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Agencies Carrying Over More Money at the End of the Fiscal Year

October 1, 2013 At a time when agencies are under attack for “use it or lose it” spending at the end of the fiscal year, the Government Accountability Office reported that the number of accounts with carryover balances rose from fiscal 2007 to fiscal 2012, and that efforts to maximize efficiency in use ...

Obama’s Message to Feds: 'None of This Is Fair to You'

October 1, 2013 As agencies scrambled to implement their shutdown procedures Tuesday, President Obama greeted the nation’s 2 million civilian federal employees and 1.4 million active-duty military members with a letter, in which he took “a moment to tell you what you mean to me -- and to our country.” Obama noted the ...

Did You Get The Memo?

October 1, 2013 When the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published a May 2012 contract solicitation seeking a magician to appear at an education and training conference, some thought officials must be asleep at the wheel. The notice came just a month after the General Services Administration was rocked by reports of lavish ...

On Shutdown Day, Employees Must Still Show Up

September 30, 2013 Though federal employees are doubtless following the unfolding congressional drama that might close the government on Tuesday, the law requires them to report for duty even though it may be clear after midnight Monday that a lapse in appropriations had kicked in. “They have to show up to shut down, ...

Contractors Might Weather Shutdown Using Prior-Year Funds

September 30, 2013 A key change in Washington since the government shutdown in the mid-1990s is an increased reliance on contractors, industry specialists note, but the damage a spending lapse might inflict on contracting companies this year would depend on their ability to use past-year funds. “The short-term impact is that no new ...

Gore on Shutdown Showdown: 'Political Terrorism'

September 27, 2013 Former Vice President Al Gore didn’t mince words Friday morning when he told a Brookings Institution audience in Washington that the threatened shutdown of the government is “a despicable and dishonorable threat to the integrity of the United States.” Denouncing what he called “political terrorism,” Gore switched to the voice ...

Senate Sends Measure to Avert a Shutdown Back to the House

September 27, 2013 The Senate on Friday voted 54-44 along party lines to remove from its continuing resolution the House-passed language that would have defunded the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Following that key vote, the chamber voted 54-44 for final passage, sending the bill back to the House just three days before the ...

Consumer Bureau Earns Mixed Reviews on Oversight

September 26, 2013 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- which House Republicans on Thursday pledged once again to eliminate -- has made significant headway in its contentious three years of life, but the agency should improve transparency when implementing tricky regulations, according to a think tank analysis. In a report released Tuesday titled ...

Mabus: Budget Battle Threatens Navy's Progress

September 26, 2013 Sequestration and Congress’ annual “inability to pass a budget” are putting at risk all the gains the Navy and Marine Corps have made during his four years in office, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said on Wednesday. “Arbitrary, unstrategic cuts don’t allow us to set any priorities,” Mabus told an Aerospace ...

Navy Chief: Sequester Threatens to Undo Four Years of Progress

September 26, 2013 Sequestration and Congress’ annual “inability to pass a budget” are putting at risk all the gains the Navy and Marine Corps have made during his four years in office, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said on Wednesday. “Arbitrary, unstrategic cuts don’t allow us to set any priorities,” Mabus told an Aerospace ...