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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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Labor Department joins list of agencies sending funds to Sandy’s victims

November 5, 2012 The Labor Department on Friday announced a $27.8 million National Emergency Grant to counties in New York state suffering damage from Superstorm Sandy. The funds, which will be disbursed in two phases, will help local authorities with cleanup and recovery of public lands and infrastructure, with more available later as ...

Contractors eye post-election musical chairs on Senate panel

November 5, 2012 The Senate’s ad hoc panel on contracting oversight, generator of headlines about waste and corruption since its creation in 2009, could be in for some changes after the Nov. 6 election. The only chairman in the panel’s history, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has been facing a tight reelection bid (though ...

Study: Sequestration won’t necessarily mean immediate furloughs, layoffs

November 2, 2012 The odds that a lame-duck session of Congress will produce a breakthrough in Washington’s fiscal stalemate are slim, according to a study released Friday. But the White House and federal agencies have several tools they could use to temporarily mitigate the harm from across-the-board budget cuts scheduled for Jan. 2, ...

DHS secretary issues waiver so ships can take fuel to disaster areas

November 2, 2012 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Friday issued a blanket, temporary waiver of the 1920 Jones Act to allow foreign-flag ships to deliver fuel resources to energy-starved areas of New York and New Jersey still reeling from Superstorm Sandy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross, meanwhile, have ...

HHS, Army Corps and other agencies weigh in on Sandy

November 1, 2012 The array of federal agencies contributing to the response to Superstorm Sandy continues to expand, as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday declared a public health emergency for New York City and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers arrived with pumps and other unwatering equipment to clear ...

Afghan forces likely won’t be ready when U.S. troops leave

November 1, 2012 The Afghan National Security Forces slated to assume control after U.S. troops withdraw “will likely be incapable of fully sustaining” facilities in Afghanistan after the scheduled 2014 transition, an inspector general audit found. The Afghan government’s readiness to assume operations and maintenance responsibilities is beset by “a lack of sufficient ...

Facing Hurdles

November 1, 2012 Dear Deputy Secretary: Congratulations on your recent appointment to the department’s No. 2 slot. As you prepare in the coming months for what might—through no fault of yours—prove a contentious confirmation hearing, you may wish to study the following urgent challenges facing the federal family in 2013. As many highly ...

GSA rushes supplies to Sandy response teams

October 31, 2012 The General Services Administration, using some 4,000 teleworking employees on days when Washington government offices were closed, has been fulfilling its role in standing federal emergency plans and rushing equipment and supplies to victims of Superstorm Sandy. GSA acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini, in a blog post published Wednesday afternoon, said, ...

Intel budget continues decline after post-9/11 buildup

October 31, 2012 This story was been updated twice with comment. As required by law, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has made public the intelligence community’s budget, reporting on Tuesday a figure of $53.9 billion, a slight drop from the 2011 budget of $54.6 billion. The Defense Department the same ...

Widespread nature of Sandy prompted early disaster declarations, Fugate says

October 30, 2012 President Obama’s decision early Tuesday to declare counties in New York and New Jersey as major disaster areas was “extraordinary,” according to Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate, because FEMA normally would “conduct a more thorough investigation.” But after Obama spoke with governors, it became clear there would be ...