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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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How HHS Rolled Out Obamacare Amid the Shutdown

October 3, 2013 The long-awaited debut of the Affordable Care Act was facing enough obstacles without a government shutdown tossed in the mix. But the insurance exchanges just launched by states and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services appear to be affected far more by a deluge of online traffic and software ...

Regulations May Not Really Cost $1.75 Trillion a Year, SBA Office Concedes

October 3, 2013 The little-known Office of Advocacy at the Small Business Administration has acceded to critics and distanced itself from a three-year-old estimate that federal regulations inflict as much as $1.75 trillion in annual damage to the U.S. economy. At issue was a 2010 report in a series by economists Nicole V. ...

Three Years Later, IRS Approves Tax-Exempt Status for Two Conservative Groups

October 3, 2013 In the week before the government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service announced progress in processing the backlog of long-delayed applications for tax-exempt status, including the approval of requests from two conservative groups most vocal in this year’s scandal over the agency’s alleged targeting of right-leaning activists. The group called TheTeaParty.net ...

HHS to Media: Help Us on Obamacare Launch

October 3, 2013 As the government was in the process of shutting down at the same time the launch of Obamacare was underway, a top Health and Human Services Department official found herself imploring the news media for help. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, ran a conference ...

Senators Praise Performance Chief Nominee’s Private-Sector Experience

October 2, 2013 At a confirmation hearing senators persevered to hold Wednesday despite the government shutdown, President Obama’s choice to be federal chief performance officer drew bipartisan praise for her private-sector experience as a management consultant. Beth Cobert, who has spent decades with McKinsey & Co., told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental ...

Day 1 of the Shutdown: A Glum Half-Day in the Federal Workspace

October 1, 2013 The employees trickling out of the Office of Personnel Management before Tuesday’s lunch hour wore glum expressions as they encountered colleagues at the front door handing out fliers. “Government shutdown! Are you furloughed?” shouted Charlretta McNeill, president of local 32 of the American Federation of Government Employees. With two assistants, ...

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, ...