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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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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 ...

GSA Reassures D.C. It’s Still Eligible for New FBI Headquarters Site

December 20, 2013 Not so fast, said the General Services Administration in regard to reports of a recent letter from the District of Columbia’s Planning and Economic Development office effectively withdrawing from the competition to land the new FBI headquarters site. The same week in which lawmakers and local officials from Maryland and ...

How Federal Investment in Highways, Science and Schools Has Changed in 50 Years

December 20, 2013 The government’s investment in physical capital, research and development, and education and training totaled $531 billion in fiscal 2012 -- about 15 percent of federal spending and 3 percent of gross domestic product, the Congressional Budget Office calculated in a new report. The extent of such long-term investment in highways, ...

Senate Approves Koskinen to Lead Troubled IRS

December 20, 2013 John Koskinen, a private-sector turnaround specialist known for having led the Clinton White House response to the Y2K computer scare, was approved by the Senate on Friday to be commissioner of Internal Revenue. The vote was 59-36. Koskinen’s nomination, approval for which required a simple majority following the Senate’s recent ...

Final Report Confirms Misconduct at Bush-Era Office of Special Counsel

December 19, 2013 Nonprofit accountability groups that were party to a whistleblower complaint against former Special Counsel Scott Bloch for prohibited workplace practices during the George W. Bush administration hailed the release on Wednesday of an inspector general’s report largely confirming their charges. Bloch, who in 2011 was sentenced to probation and a ...

OMB Simplifies Governmentwide Grant Guidance

December 19, 2013 Aiming to ease administrative burdens and curb waste and fraud, the Office of Management and Budget on Thursday announced simplified guidance for agency handling of the $600 billion in annual federal grants. Beth Cobert, newly installed as the White House deputy director for management, cast the effort “to reduce bureaucratic ...