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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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Crisis Budgeting Creates an 'Uncertainty Tax,' Senator Says

March 14, 2013 The uncounted hours federal employees have spent planning for budget contingencies amid political and fiscal uncertainty reduce agency productivity and lower morale, witnesses told a Senate panel on Wednesday. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing came just as President Obama and the House and Senate Budget committees ...

Senate Democrats’ Budget Balances Spending Cuts, Revenue Hikes

March 13, 2013 Senate Democrats released a fiscal 2014 budget on Wednesday that matches spending cuts with revenue hikes of equal value and protects federal workers' pay levels and retirement benefits. The plan released by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., following hours of markup set to continue on Thursday, would replace ...

Is Filibuster Reform Still Possible?

March 13, 2013 Kentucky Republican Rand Paul’s recent performance of the first in-person Senate filibuster in the YouTube era may leave Senate Democrats regretting they didn’t achieve stronger reforms of Senate rules for the process back in January. Republicans have succeeded in delaying votes to confirm John Brennan to head the CIA and ...

OMB Posts Progress on Cross-agency Goals

March 13, 2013 The Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday launched the first in a promised pattern of quarterly online updates on how agencies are faring in pursuit of the 14 cross-agency priority goals first outlined in President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget. The website performance.gov now includes a progress update on the ...

GSA Finds Buyer for Long-Vacant Plant in Washington

March 12, 2013 The squat heating facility that has speckled the Northwest Washington skyline for more than six decades and is part of the General Services Administration’s real estate portfolio finally has a buyer, the agency announced on Tuesday. GSA is selling the property for conversion into residences by Four Seasons Hotels and ...

Bid Protests Are Worth Their Costs, Ex-Procurement Chief Says

March 12, 2013 Contractors on the losing side of a competitive bidding who protest to the Government Accountability Office do not hurt or game the procurement system as some critics allege, says a forthcoming study. The percentage of contracts that spark protests is also comparatively small, while the overall impact of the protest ...

Ryan Budget Would Mimic Obama’s Anti-Waste Campaign

March 12, 2013 The “Path to Prosperity” House budget put forward on Tuesday by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would draw on some of the same new efficiencies being pursued under the Obama administration’s Campaign to Cut Waste, with nods to curbing improper payments and selling off unneeded real estate presented alongside ...

Open Government Group Gives Obama a Mixed Report

March 11, 2013 The Obama administration deserves credit for making a bigger open government effort than its predecessors, but the public has not seen the promised “new culture of openness,” said a study released Sunday by the Center for Effective Government (formerly OMB Watch.) To kick off Sunshine Week on government transparency, the ...

Civil Rights Official Reportedly Chosen as Labor Secretary

March 11, 2013 President Obama is set to name Thomas Perez, a civil rights official at the Justice Department, as his new Labor secretary, according to weekend news reports. Unnamed inside sources told both the Associated Press and CNN that Obama would soon announce the selection of Perez to replace the departed Hilda ...

Pentagon’s Internal Feud Over Contract Auditing Takes a New Twist

March 8, 2013 The ongoing dispute over the quality of work at the Defense Contract Audit Agency took a new turn on Thursday with the release of a Defense Inspector General’s Office report criticizing the professional judgment used in DCAA assignments dating back to 2010 and earlier. The March 7 report -- which ...