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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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Deputy Defense Chief Renews Call for BRAC, Military Pay Cuts

May 7, 2013 Citing a “coming together of two great historic forces,” Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter on Tuesday said that the Pentagon’s shift to a post-9/11 defense strategy and its execution of spending cuts to reduce the budget deficit, “if properly managed, can reinforce each other” in achieving the defense posture ...

Senator Charges Justice with Cover-Up on Labor Nominee

May 7, 2013 In an unusual use of bicameral tag-team tactics, Republicans from both chambers of Congress used a Tuesday House hearing to challenge the integrity of Thomas Perez, President Obama’s nominee to be Labor secretary. At a contentious panel showcasing testimony by a whistleblower in a St. Paul, Minn., housing dispute, Sen. ...

Departures Leave Gap in OMB Management Team

May 6, 2013 Jeffrey Zients, the management consultant who spent four years as the Obama White House’s chief performance officer, left the Office of Management and Budget on May 1, an OMB official confirmed. Zients had served as acting budget director since the January 2012 promotion of Jack Lew (now Treasury Secretary) as ...

Obama’s Picks for Commerce, USTR Revive Reorganization Talk

May 3, 2013 President Obama’s announcement of nominations to run the Commerce Department and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative set in motion new speculation about prospects for Obama’s 2012 plan to seek authority from Congress to consolidate agencies. Before departing for Mexico, Obama on Thursday said he planned to send the ...

Fallen Diplomats Honored at State Department

May 3, 2013 The State Department on Friday honored eight federal professionals killed in the line of diplomatic duty over the past year, including four who perished in the September 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Unlike past annual plaque ceremonies co-produced by the American Foreign Service Association, this ...

FAA Puts Off Plan for Air Controllers to Report on Weather

May 2, 2013 The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday delayed a plan to save money by shifting airport weather reporting responsibilities from specialized contractors to full-time air traffic controllers amid uncertainties in the industry about workloads and flight safety. Soon after sequestration kicked in on March 1 and began forcing across-the-board budget cuts ...

Senator: Sequester Needn't Mean Closing National Parks

May 2, 2013 Anti-waste crusader Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has opened a dispute with newly installed Interior Secretary Sally Jewell over the options the department has in implementing mandatory across-the-board budget cuts. In an April 30 letter to Jewell, Coburn criticized Interior’s public warnings of coming harm from sequestration and made suggestions for ...

HHS Unveils Simplified Insurance Form Amid Attacks on Obamacare

April 30, 2013 The Health and Human Services Department team implementing the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday unveiled a shortened and simplified application form to enter state health insurance exchanges established by the law. Republicans critics, meanwhile, continued efforts to repeal the law. At a news conference, officials from HHS’s Centers for Medicare ...

Ruling in TSA Air Marshal Case Hailed by Whistleblower Advocates

April 30, 2013 An appeals court decision in favor of a Transportation Security Administration whistleblower was welcomed by legal advocacy groups as a development that strengthens the federal Whistleblower Protection Act, which was amended last year. In one of the government’s longest-running whistleblower controversies, the U.S. Appeals Court for the Federal Circuit on ...

Did FAA Play Politics in Applying Sequester Law?

April 30, 2013 Last week’s successful push to cancel air traffic controller furloughs has drawn cheers from the flying public, lawmakers, airlines and unions. But with the stage now set for disputes about whether other programs deserve to be spared the blunt blade of sequestration, the Federal Aviation Administration’s handling of its cutbacks ...