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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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Republicans and Democrats agree: State needs a permanent IG

January 24, 2013 The pending nomination of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to be secretary of State has prompted a bipartisan movement on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to push President Obama to nominate an inspector general for the State Department. That position has been vacant since Howard Krongard left in 2007, ...

Dials versus digits

January 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The digital generation gap was crisply invoked in comments made Thursday by Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright,” former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff now with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Speaking at a CSIS forum in Washington on innovation for government effectiveness, Cartwright recalled his ...

Pentagon leaders continue push against sequestration

January 23, 2013 With the revised deadline for preventing automatic spending cuts only six weeks away, the Defense Department continues its pleas to Congress to come up with a new budget deal because national security readiness “is at a tipping point.” On Tuesday, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said reluctant preparations for sequestration ...

Agencies could communicate better during rule-making, GAO says

January 23, 2013 Proposed major regulations on subjects ranging from health care to air cargo are published without public notice in more than one-third of cases, the Government Accountability Office has found. In a study of 568 rules with an economic impact of more than $100 million annually from 2003 to 2010, auditors ...

GSA appoints Federal Acquisition Service chief

January 22, 2013 The Federal Acquisition Service, one of two divisions of the General Services Administration that courted trouble last year for overspending on conferences, has a new commissioner, GSA announced on Tuesday. Thomas Sharpe, the senior procurement executive at the Treasury Department who has 30 years of public and private-sector acquisitions experience, ...

Intel Award Takes Aim at Neocons

January 22, 2013 In the unlikely setting of the Oxford University Debate Chamber on Wednesday, a former CIA and State Department official will receive an award from a group of retired U.S. intelligence veterans. The honor is not unrelated to the ongoing debate over whether the United States should attack Iran. Tom Fingar, ...

Enhanced use leasing of federal property works well for some agencies

January 22, 2013 As the Obama administration continues its efforts to dispose of unneeded federal properties, agencies can save money through “enhanced use leases” but only if cost reporting procedures are improved, the Government Accountability Office determined. A study of four agencies’ offerings of enhanced leases -- which can facilitate mission-related activities while ...

CBO’s self-critique of forecasts finds no bias, some error

January 22, 2013 The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office performed a critique of its own economic forecasts, finding its projections and inevitable errors generally in line with those of intellectual competitors in the White House and the private sector. For more than 30 years, the budget analysts who gauge the likely cost and impact ...

Obama should step up enforcement of agency transparency, advocates argue

January 18, 2013 President Obama set the bar high in 2009 when he vowed to lead the most transparent administration in history, but an absence of follow-through to change agency culture will require new White House action during his second term, a panel of transparency activists agreed on Thursday. After a first-day-in-office executive ...

Land-swap idea for FBI headquarters draws hundreds of interested parties

January 18, 2013 An idea to trade the FBI headquarters building in downtown Washington for a larger and more modernized site is looking like a winner. More than 300 contracting and real estate professionals packed the General Services Administration’s still-under-renovation headquarters on Thursday to learn details of the project. Delays in getting the ...