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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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Budget Deal's Lower Contractor Pay Cap Pleases Many

December 13, 2013 The budget deal passed by the House Thursday includes a compromise on the much-fought-over amount the government may reimburse contractors for executive pay, drawing qualified approval from employee unions and nonprofit critics of current policy. The bill negotiated by budget committee leaders Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan,...

Nuclear Commission’s New Office Lease Will Shrink Footprint

December 12, 2013 House Republicans championing a smaller footprint for federal buildings have declared victory in a lease renewal agreement for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s suburban Maryland offices that both fulfills a long-term government commitment and reduces NRC’s workspace. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Dec. 4 approved a new lease prepared...

Senator Begins Uphill Task of Resurrecting Obama Reorganization Plan

December 12, 2013 Bemoaning a political climate in which many believe “government pretty much sucks,” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Wednesday plunged ahead in what is planned as a series of hearings aimed at jump-starting President Obama’s stalled two-year-old plan to reorganize business-related agencies to curb duplication. McCaskill brought in the leaders of...

Black Supremacist No Longer Works for Homeland Security

December 11, 2013 The Homeland Security Department procurement specialist who had moonlighted running an anti-white, pro-violence website has left his post at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the department announced on Wednesday. Ayo Kimathi, who was placed on administrative leave in August after his extracurricular advocacy work was exposed by the Southern Poverty Law...

VA’s Use of Reverse-Auction Contracts Comes Under Attack

December 11, 2013 The use of so-called reverse auctions to lower contracting costs at the Veterans Affairs Department and General Services Administration came under tough scrutiny on Wednesday at a House joint committee hearing. Rather than saving money, critics said, the tool drives out competition, favors a single auction company and risks a...

Federal Contractors Are Violating Labor Laws, Senate Panel Finds

December 11, 2013 As many as 30 percent of the companies hit with the highest penalties for labor law violations are federal contractors, a year-long Senate committee investigation unveiled Wednesday found. Forty-nine contractors were the subject of nearly 1,800 separate enforcement actions taken by the Labor Department from 2007 to 2012, paying penalties...

Three Agencies Will Move Offices to One World Trade Center

December 10, 2013 As part of a long-planned effort to keep a federal presence in the New York City areas damaged in the 2001 terrorist attacks, offices from three agencies will move into the reconstructed World Trade Center, the General Services Administration announced on Tuesday. New York offices for the U.S. Army Corps...

Nominee to Lead IRS Criticizes Recent Agency Budget Cuts

December 10, 2013 In a hearing truncated by a wrinkle in Senate rules, President Obama’s nominee to lead the troubled Internal Revenue Service criticized recent spending reductions but won support from the top two members of the Senate Finance Committee, in part through promising to cooperate with the panel’s ongoing probe of the...

Does Divided Government Hinder or Help Federal Investigations?

December 10, 2013 When federal witnesses get hauled before the cameras, it’s sometimes a sign of historic high crimes and misdemeanors and sometimes merely partisan posturing and the shooting of blanks. Longtime scholar and government reform advocate Paul C. Light set out to determine which of some 100 federal investigations over the past...

Agencies Make Progress Streamlining Geospatial Data Gathering

December 9, 2013 The government has taken positive steps toward curbing duplication in the data gathering from geospatial satellites used for national security and disaster response, the Government Accountability Office recently reported. But the efforts coordinated by the Office of Management and Budget and the multi-agency Federal Geographic Data Committee have left several...