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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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HHS Awards Major Contract to Help Sort Obamacare Applications

July 8, 2013 Days before the White House emboldened critics by announcing a delay in a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, the Health and Human Services Department finalized a one-year contract for help in sorting the coming applications for the new state health insurance exchanges. Serco, a British-owned company based in ...

Obama Renews Call for Consolidation Authority, Defends Feds

July 8, 2013 This story has been updated. During a management reform speech Monday that focused largely on technology’s critical role in making government more efficient, President Obama also defended the federal workforce and nudged Congress to grant him long-sought authority to consolidate agencies to curb duplication. Obama touted first-term progress, but pledged ...

Technology Is at the Heart of Obama’s Second-Term Management Agenda

July 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama on Monday highlighted the continuing role of technology in his second-term management reform agenda, using a televised speech to White House staff to also defend the federal workforce and nudge Congress to grant him long-sought authority to consolidate agencies to curb duplication. “We are dealing with a government ...

Progress Reported in Curbing Medicare Overpayments

July 3, 2013 Of some $9.6 billion in improper payments made to Medicare providers in fiscal 2010, $543 million remains “uncollectible,” according to an audit released Thursday. And while the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has made progress in its systems for tracking down the bad payments, improvements are needed in software ...

IRS Official Seeks Immunity Before Testifying on Scandal

July 3, 2013 Lois Lerner, the executive at the center of the Internal Revenue Service scandal over mishandling of conservatives’ applications for tax-exempt status, will refuse to testify to Congress absent a grant of immunity from prosecution. In an interview with Politico published late Tuesday, Lerner’s attorney, William W. Taylor III, said, “They ...

Agencies Report Slight Progress in Meeting Small Business Contracting Goals

July 2, 2013 In its annual scorecard on small business procurement, the Small Business Administration on Tuesday announced “real progress” toward delivering 23 percent of all federal contracting dollars to small businesses, with 22.25 percent going to small firms in fiscal 2012, compared with 21.65 percent in 2011. “As a result of a ...

Officials Showcase Weather Service’s Value in Time of Austerity

July 2, 2013 In her first public appearance as Commerce secretary, Penny Pritzker on Tuesday joined a home-state senator on a tour of the Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in its new building on the University of Maryland’s College Park campus. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee who ...

Defense Contractors and Military Personnel Can’t Fill In for Furloughed Civilians

July 1, 2013 During furlough days set to begin July 8, Defense Department managers may not “borrow military manpower” nor step up assignments to contractors to make up for idled civilian employees, a Pentagon official directed on Friday. Planning around civilian furloughs and “total force management” requires that “component heads, installation commanders and ...

Defense Whistleblower Protections Expand to Subcontractors

July 1, 2013 Monday, July 1, marks the first day employees of subcontractors on Defense contracts enjoy new protections against reprisals from supervisors for reporting waste or fraud, as required under the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Obama in January. “Previously, subcontractors could complain to a boss, but not to ...

Focus on The Buyers

July 1, 2013 In a freshly christened office tower in a changing neighborhood in Northeast Washington, the Homeland Security Department has set up classrooms with its logo on each door. Doing its part in the Obama administration’s push to build a savvier acquisition workforce, the government’s third largest department has revamped its Homeland ...