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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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Hunting for 'Great Ideas' Should Be an Everyday Affair, GSA Chief Says

March 5, 2013 The Great Ideas Hunt among General Services Administration employees last year should become an everyday practice at all agencies, acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini said Tuesday. The in-house dialog on innovation, which produced 632 promising ideas for new efficiencies and has so far saved $6 million, “tapped into a well of ...

Obama’s Pick for Budget Director Greeted Warmly, If Politically

March 4, 2013 Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the philanthropy executive and Clinton administration veteran whom President Obama named on Monday as his next budget director, drew praise from Capitol Hill for her qualifications, though Republicans used the announcement as another chance to call for deficit reduction and timely budget submissions. Standing with Burwell and ...

GSA Seeing Some Success in Selling Real State, Efficient Leasing

March 4, 2013 The General Services Administration, whose leaders have been under fire from House Republicans for insufficient speed in selling unneeded federal properties, recently achieved progress on several fronts. The agency’s online auction for selling the long-vacant federally owned Georgetown West Heating plant “received a lot of interest” from private-sector developers, according ...

Issa Goes Directly to Agencies to Specify Spending Cuts

March 4, 2013 The top House oversight chairman has plunged into the debate over sequestration by writing to 17 major agencies in search of specific programs or funding streams that could be cut as an alternative to current law’s across-the-board requirement. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform ...

Pentagon Leaders Say Sequestration Impact Will Be Immediate and Obvious

March 1, 2013 Contradicting skeptics who accuse the Pentagon of being alarmist about sequestration, newly installed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday said the uncertainties surrounding the impending across-the-board budget cuts “will continue to cause this department to put at risk our ability to be effective and fulfill all of our missions.” At ...

Defense Can Handle Sequestration, Specialists Say

March 1, 2013 The Defense Department is to some extent crying wolf with its dire warnings about sequestration’s effect on military readiness because the dollars being cut will become part of an inevitable longer-term budgetary drawdown, a trio of defense specialists said on Friday. “Sequestration will create a mess and inefficiencies and is ...

A Deficit Hawk’s Sequestration Lament

March 1, 2013 Former Comptroller General David Walker -- whose travels around the country sounding alarms about public debt are well documented -- greeted the first day of sequestration not with shock but with disappointment. “The fact that this is happening is due to a failure by the president, the Senate and the ...

Fed Stress Doesn’t Faze Sequestration Supporters

March 1, 2013 In the hours before the advent of across-the-board spending cuts, conservative activists and federal employee unions differed starkly on how much harm sequestration could inflict on agencies, according to interviews by Government Executive. “The fact that the sequester will happen surprises lot of people, most noticeably the president and my ...

OMB Expands Sequestration Guidance, Increasing Scrutiny of Expenses

February 28, 2013 With just a day to go before the onset of sequestration, the Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday evening supplied federal agency heads with expanded guidance on how to begin implementing across-the-board spending cuts. Unless Congress and the president achieve a new budget deal by Friday, wrote Controller Danny ...

Federal Conference Spending Is in Decline, Lawmakers Told

February 27, 2013 The Obama administration’s governmentwide bid to curb spending on travel and conferences saved roughly $2 billion from fiscal 2010 to 2012, Controller Danny Werfel told a House panel on Wednesday. “These reductions have been the result of reducing overall travel, and also ensuring that required travel is completed in a ...