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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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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 ...

GSA Appeals Official’s Reinstatement, But Restores His Pay

April 16, 2013 The General Services Administration late Monday announced it is appealing an administrative judge’s March ruling reversing the agency’s year-old decision to remove Paul Prouty as a regional commissioner of the scandal-tarnished Public Buildings Service. Acting just before an April 15 deadline, GSA agreed to return Prouty to the position he ...

Four Furlough Days at NOAA; Lawmaker Offers Budget Help

April 15, 2013 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employees can expect up to four furlough days through September, acting NOAA administrator Kathy Sullivan said Monday. The announcement came shortly after Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., on Friday wrote to acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank expressing concern over a surfeit of vacancies and a risk ...

Obama Budget Renews Effort to Cap Contractor Pay

April 15, 2013 Deep inside President Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget released last week is language to set in motion another effort to clamp down on the amounts taxpayers reimburse contractors for the compensation of their top executives as well as their workforce writ large. Currently, contracting firms are permitted to write off pay ...