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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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Earth Day Intervention

April 22, 2013 The Environmental Protection Agency on Earth Day has interrupted its normal website home page programming with a special set of interactive presentations to mark the occasion. A simple but stirring photo of the planet is accompanied by text declaring simply, “Today is Earth Day.” Alongside are links to a slide ...

Airport Furloughs May Cause Flight Delays, FAA Says

April 19, 2013 This story has been updated. Long-anticipated furloughs of federal air traffic controllers due to sequestration will become visible this Sunday, delaying flights by three hours or more, the Associated Press reported. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta told reporters on Thursday that the required 10 ...

IRS to Send Furlough Notices to All Employees on Monday

April 19, 2013 All Internal Revenue Service employees will be notified Monday of five scheduled furlough days, beginning May 24, according to the head of the largest employees union at the IRS. Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said on Friday that “implementation of any furlough days is a disappointing ...

Two Federal Agencies Send Teams to Texas Fertilizer Explosion Site

April 19, 2013 The cause of Wednesday’s fatal explosion at a fertilizer facility near Waco, Texas -- be it an industrial accident or criminal act -- will be investigated by two federal agencies along with state authorities. On Wednesday the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent members of its National Response ...

Pentagon Now a `Sideshow’ in Sequester Debate, Defense Official Says

April 18, 2013 During the runup to sequestration, Pentagon leaders thought everyone would be paying attention to them, “but now the issue of revenue is the big game in Congress, and we’re a sideshow,” Mike McCord, principle deputy Defense comptroller, said Thursday. “It took a little time to filter through, but we’re a ...

Sequester Will Crimp Census Bureau, Says Advocacy Group

April 18, 2013 The coming blunt force of sequestration will leave the Commerce Department’s Census Bureau with a budget of $845 million, 13 percent less than the $970 million requested and a spending level that will risk the government’s capacity to gauge economic conditions and formulate policy for both the public and private ...

Federal Acquisition Executives Grapple with Retirement Wave

April 17, 2013 As the government’s largest buyer, the Defense Department is building up expertise in its acquisition workforce, perhaps with greater success than some other agencies in this era of contract austerity. The exception likely comes at the most senior executive level. So said Shay Assad, director of defense pricing, defense procurement ...

Former GSA Chief Now a Novelist

April 17, 2013 Since the scandal over lavish conference spending jolted the General Services Administration a year ago, many have wondered what Martha Johnson, the GSA administrator who abruptly resigned, has been up to. The answer is: Writing. Johnson has self-published a first novel, In Our Midst. Here's how the book's website describes ...

Lawmaker Wants Proof Agencies Are Complying With New Small Business Rules

April 17, 2013 House Small Business Committee Chairman Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., on Tuesday stepped up pressure on agencies to comply with new rules requiring them to elevate their Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization offices as a means for giving more businesses a leg up in competing for contracts. In letters to the ...

Multiple Fed Agencies Assemble in Boston as Bomb Probe Proceeds

April 16, 2013 This story has been updated with additional details, comment. An array of federal, state and local officials praised first responders and mourned victims of Monday’s double-bomb blast at the Boston Marathon but had little to announce regarding the identity and motive of the perpetrator. The casualty toll, said Boston Police ...