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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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IRS appears ready for most fiscal cliff changes to tax law

January 4, 2013 Like all agencies, the Internal Revenue Service must live with uncertainty in the next two months as Congress and the White House resume their fiscal sparring over sequestration, raising the debt ceiling and the March 27 expiration of the continuing budget resolution. But IRS managers tasked with programming computers for ...

HHS ushers in eight more states for health exchanges

January 3, 2013 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday announced that eight additional states have satisfied regulatory criteria in their efforts to establish health insurance exchanges under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. That brings to 19, plus the District of Columbia, the number that have been conditionally approved to partially ...

A New Name for OMB Watch

January 3, 2013 Keep an eye on the website of the 30-year-old nonprofit OMB Watch. As of the New Year, the foundation-funded policy research group has a new name: The Center for Effective Government. The idea, according to spokesman Brian Gumm, is to communicate the staff’s broader focus beyond the Office of Management ...

The Emancipation Proclamation, Up Close

January 2, 2013 It’s not every year that the original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation gets showcased by the National Archives and Records Administration. To mark the 150th anniversary of the day President Lincoln signed it on Jan. 1, 1863, the agency’s preservation and exhibit professionals offered the public a rare opportunity to ...

Agencies, contractors chafe at cliff deal’s uncertainty on sequestration

January 2, 2013 The freshly passed legislation designed to avoid the fiscal cliff kicked the proverbial can of sequestration down the road by two months, worsening already existing uncertainty about agency spending levels, according to contractors and budget analysts. By postponing but not replacing the across-the-board automatic cuts that the 2011 Budget Control ...

White House recasts CBO score of ‘cliff’ deal

January 2, 2013 Precisely as the House began voting Tuesday night on the short-term rescue from the fiscal cliff, the White House published its own perspective on the legislation’s long-term budgetary impact -- countering a more dire-seeming analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. The morning after the Senate’s Monday night vote on a ...

Sequestration, once unimaginable, draws near

December 30, 2012 Barring a last-minute broadening of their legislative ambitions, congressional leaders struggling toward a minimalist deal on the fiscal cliff appear poised to allow the dreaded tool of sequestration to chop agency budgets when federal workers return from the holidays on Jan. 2. Many long assumed it would never happen. The ...

SAVE Award winner announced

December 21, 2012 The 2012 SAVE award is going to Education Department program officer Frederick Winter, acting Budget Director Jeffrey Zients announced Friday. Winter proposed that federal employees who use public transit benefits switch from Metro’s regular fares to the reduced senior citizen fare immediately after they become eligible. In the Washington area, ...

Defense bill’s contractor provisions please advocates of all stripes

December 21, 2012 The mammoth fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill now headed to President Obama’s desk contains an array of contractor-related provisions that are lifting the holiday spirits of various small- business advocates. They ranged from postponement of new caps on reimbursement of contractor executive pay, to new set-asides for women-owned small businesses, ...

Obama names two to Federal Labor Relations Authority

December 21, 2012 President Obama has nominated for new terms two members of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the independent body set up in 1978 to promote stable labor-management relations in government and to review charges of unfair practices. Designated to chair the authority is Carol Waller Pope, a member of the body ...