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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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Sequestration Could Jeopardize Upgrades to Life-Saving Weather Satellites

February 25, 2013 Executives from the companies that produce the nation’s weather satellites gathered on Capitol Hill Monday to showcase the multi-agency observation and forecasting technology systems that are threatened by tight budgets and sequestration. The panel was assembled by the Aerospace Industries Association just days after the geospatial and orbital satellite systems ...

Freeze Federal Hiring So Critical Feds Don’t Need to Be Furloughed, Lawmaker Says

February 25, 2013 Four days before across-the-board budget cuts are scheduled to kick in, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., demanded the Obama administration commence a hiring freeze, citing a series of “low-priority" jobs advertised on USAJobs.gov. In a separate letter, Coburn sought cancellation of a multi-agency 100-city tour to promote grants. The senator listed ...

Common Ground on Cutting Retirement?

February 22, 2013 As President Obama and GOP leaders continue their Alphonse and Gaston routine for avoiding action to head off sequestration, at least one area of potential agreement has come into focus. A White House blog post on Thursday emphasized that Obama’s proposal for the long-discussed “grand bargain” is “still on the ...

GSA Cancels This Year’s Training Conference and Expo

February 22, 2013 Citing tight budgets, the General Services Administration on Friday announced it is suspending its signature Training Conference and Expo, which had been scheduled for May 14-16 in Orlando, Fla. The annual event, designed for federal, state and local government employees and military members who make or influence procurement decisions, was ...

House Leader Suggests 'Common Sense Alternatives' to Sequester

February 21, 2013 The dreaded automatic spending cuts slated to kick in March 1 could be avoided with some “common-sense alternatives” to reduce waste in agency budgets, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said on Wednesday, the day before a USA Today-Pew Research Center poll showed a majority of Americans backing President Obama’s ...

Pentagon Planners Detail 'Distasteful' Sequestration Furloughs

February 20, 2013 .timerheadline { font: normal normal bold 18px Helvetica, serif; color:#1e6ca9; } Time Until Sequester: Calling it “the most distasteful task” of his four-year tenure, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale on Wednesday outlined the process for furloughing up to 750,000 civilian Defense Department employees should looming across-the-board-budget cuts take effect, hours after ...

Boehner Hits Spending on Free Cellphones, Video Games

February 20, 2013 House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, got unusually specific Wednesday morning about spending cuts he’s demanding in any fiscal deal to avert the looming sequestration. In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, Boehner pinned blame for the budget stalemate solely on President Obama, saying the chief executive “invented the `sequester’ ...

Which Party is More Extreme?

February 20, 2013 Longtime political diagnostician Norman Ornstein on Tuesday was goofing on possible titles for the coming third installment of a series of books on what he and co-author Thomas Mann view as our dysfunctional Congress. Having already published volumes titled The Broken Branch and It’s Even Worse Than It Looks, Ornstein ...

IRS Faulted for Wasteful Aircard and BlackBerry Purchases

February 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow About $1.1 million worth of BlackBerry devices and aircards for mobile Internet access purchased by the Internal Revenue Service went largely unused in fiscal 2011, according to an audit released on Tuesday. Some 2,560 IRS employees may have been outfitted with the communications devices without managerial approval, said the Treasury ...

Majority of States Aren't Interested in Setting Up Health Exchanges

February 19, 2013 A landmark deadline for state decisions on implementing healthcare reform has passed, with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius marking it on Tuesday by reporting that 24 states and the District of Columbia have signed on to create a health insurance exchange, or marketplace. That leaves more than half ...