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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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Sebelius Defends HHS Budget Request and Obamacare

April 12, 2013 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stood by her agency’s 2014 budget request on Friday, rebutting GOP lawmakers’ criticisms of President Obama’s health care overhaul. Sebelius defended HHS’ overall $80.1 billion budget, citing the department’s progress on curbing improper payments. The effort netted $8 in savings for every $1 ...

Nudging Shinseki Out at VA?

April 11, 2013 The Veterans Affairs Department has been hit on multiple fronts for its burgeoning backlog of unprocessed veterans’ health care claims, taking shots from everyone from House Veterans ‘ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., to Time magazine’s Joe Klein. But perhaps the most blunt assessment appeared Thursday on the op-ed ...

OMB Updates Budget Caps Under Sequester Law

April 11, 2013 Almost simultaneously with its release of President Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget request, the Office of Management and Budget this week sent Congress three mandatory reports updating budget caps under the sequestration law, throwing in a familiar plea to lawmakers to reach a new budget compromise that cancels future automatic spending ...

Federal Unions Blast Obama Budget

April 11, 2013 When President Obama’s economic team said the fiscal 2014 budget would seek to “hit the fiscal sweet spot,” they probably weren’t referring to the sour reactions the plan has drawn from an array of federal employee unions. Soon after the document was released on Wednesday, President Colleen Kelley, president of ...

Budget Combines Deficit Reduction, Investments and Streamlining of Government

April 10, 2013 President Obama’s two-month-delayed, $3.4 trillion budget for fiscal 2014 released on Wednesday attempts to freshly challenge Republicans in Congress through trims in entitlement spending and domestic spending cuts combined with items more in keeping with his own agenda -- cancellation of sequestration, curbs on tax deductions used by the wealthy ...

Obama Names Three to Labor Relations Board Amid Court Fight

April 10, 2013 In the latest move in an ongoing dispute with Republicans in Congress, President Obama on Tuesday nominated three people for the National Labor Relations Board, including current chairman Mark Gaston Pearce, whose term ends in August. Obama also named attorneys Harry I. Johnson III and Philip Miscimarra. “By enforcing workplace ...

Budget Director Nominee Wants More Emphasis on Management

April 9, 2013 President Obama’s choice to head the Office of Management and Budget elicited enthusiasm from Republicans as well as Democrats on a key Senate panel on Tuesday, though several used the confirmation hearing as a chance to lay down markers on issues of regulatory overreach, tax reform and the value of ...

Saving More, Duplicating Less: GAO Gets Specific With Agencies

April 9, 2013 In the third of a series of reports on agency waste, the Government Accountability Office on Tuesday identified 31 new areas of overlap and potential for greater efficiency, ranging from duplicative geospatial maps to multiple offices monitoring inspections of catfish. “Collectively, these reports show that, if the actions are implemented, ...

Budget Will Propose Program Cuts, Consolidations to Save $25B

April 9, 2013 The president’s fiscal 2014 budget set for release on Wednesday morning will “go further” than past submissions in cutting and consolidating wasteful or duplicative programs, according to an Obama administration official who spoke only on background. Congress can expect to receive 215 proposals for cuts, consolidations and savings that together ...

IRS Saves $1 Billion by Cutting Staff, Travel, Office Space and Contracts

April 8, 2013 This story has been updated with results of a union suvey finding that reduced staffing may delay IRS services. The Internal Revenue Service posted a summary of recent achievements, outlining $1 billion in savings since fiscal 2010, primarily through cuts in personnel, training, office space and contracting. “The IRS continues ...