AUTHOR ARCHIVES

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.
Results 691-700 of 1628

War Zone Watchdog

April 1, 2013 Few inspectors general labor under conditions that are both dangerous and fraught with high-profile controversy. John Sopko is tackling that dual challenge in his first year as special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, traveling regularly to the war-ravaged country and delivering sobering audits that could affect the success of the ...

Agencies Take Concrete Steps Now That Sequester Is Law

March 27, 2013 However reluctant he may have been politically, President Obama on Tuesday signed the fiscal 2013 continuing resolution locking in the sequester, and agencies began their long-dreaded move toward concrete action to apply $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts. At the Environmental Protection Agency, acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe sent employees an ...

A Growing Consensus for Shrinking the Defense Budget?

March 26, 2013 The “silver lining” of sequestration is that the defense budget is coming down as political parties and the public focus on the economy and debt, a panel of progressive defense specialists said on Tuesday. Though Pentagon leaders have warned of catastrophe if their budget absorbs a 15 percent cut, few ...

Critics Cut Homeland Security a Break on 10th Anniversary

March 25, 2013 Though it remains troubled by untracked spending and a sometimes-unclear mission, the Homeland Security Department marked its 10th anniversary with rare kudos from longtime critics. At a March 21 hearing at the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, several top DHS officials listened to the head of the Government ...

The Bullpen and the Future of Office Space

March 25, 2013 For months, Dan Tangherlini, acting administrator of the General Services Administration, has been promoting the open-office “bullpen” arrangement of agency executive offices made famous by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Tangherlini’s predecessor at GSA, Martha Johnson, was also a big fan of shared offices without walls space to facilitate ...

CBO Chief on the Impossible Job of Gauging How Much Legislation Costs

March 25, 2013 The director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Monday defended his agency’s accuracy in projecting future costs of pending legislation. Doug Elmendorf used a blogpost to answer a member of Congress who asked whether CBO goes back to review its past estimates against real-world eventual results, focusing on spending ...

Senate Passes 2014 Budget That Would Reverse Sequestration

March 23, 2013 Following a day and an evening of debate and a “vote-a-rama,” the Democratic-controlled Senate early Saturday gave final approval to a budget resolution that differs starkly with the Republican-controlled House version, setting up months of coming clashes over spending bills. After senators had prepared some 400 amendments, only a few ...

FAA Announces Closure of 149 Air Traffic Control Towers

March 22, 2013 The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday translated the sequestration order into action with an announcement that 149 federal contract air traffic control towers will close beginning April 7. An additional 24 towers slated for closure were given a reprieve for fear that their absence would go against the national interest. ...

Don't Worry, Meat Will be Inspected Under Sequester

March 22, 2013 The inclusion of new funds for federal meat inspectors in the just-passed fiscal 2013 spending bill gives the Agriculture Department some relief from the dreaded across-the-board automatic spending cuts that nearly all other agencies must still absorb. As part of the continuing resolution to extend government funding through the fiscal ...

Are We Headed for an Acquisition Brain Drain?

March 21, 2013 The top federal procurement officer on Thursday called for “not a tweak but a full rethink” of the government’s planning for its acquisition workforce, warning that as many as 40 percent of the 36,000 federal contracting officers could retire in the next five years. Joe Jordan, administrator of the White ...