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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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National security specialists offer new strategy for dealing with surprises

January 28, 2013 The accelerating pace of change in the world -- in economics, war, technology and weather -- requires a revamping of the U.S. national security apparatus to make it more nimble in dealing with surprises. So argued Leon Fuerth, former national security adviser to Vice President Al Gore, on Monday at ...

Millions of pages of secret historical documents being unveiled to the public

January 25, 2013 The government’s three-year-old National Declassification Center has completed its task of evaluating a backlog of 361 million pages of classified documents to determine which can be released to the public, the National Archives and Records Administration announced on Thursday. In its sixth biannual report, the center, which President Obama established ...

Senate filibuster reform to speed movement on appointees

January 25, 2013 Procedural changes approved by the Senate Thursday night fell short of some visions of dramatic filibuster reforms, but they will likely help agencies by putting sub-Cabinet appointees in place faster because of new limits on floor debate during confirmations. In separate votes of 78-16 and 86-9, the Senate agreed to ...

Appeals court rules Obama recess appointments unconstitutional

January 25, 2013 This article has been updated. President Obama's three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board last year violated the Constitution, a federal appeals court has ruled. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that Obama's move, which came at a time when ...

'Technophobic' Washington drags down government innovation, Carly Fiorina says

January 24, 2013 Because “Washington is filled with people who are somewhat technophobic,” government is not using technology as effectively as other sectors, said Carly Fiorina, the former chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard and Co., who has served on advisory boards for the CIA and the State and Defense departments. Two key former ...

Republicans and Democrats agree: State needs a permanent IG

January 24, 2013 The pending nomination of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to be secretary of State has prompted a bipartisan movement on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to push President Obama to nominate an inspector general for the State Department. That position has been vacant since Howard Krongard left in 2007, ...

Dials versus digits

January 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The digital generation gap was crisply invoked in comments made Thursday by Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright,” former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff now with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Speaking at a CSIS forum in Washington on innovation for government effectiveness, Cartwright recalled his ...

Pentagon leaders continue push against sequestration

January 23, 2013 With the revised deadline for preventing automatic spending cuts only six weeks away, the Defense Department continues its pleas to Congress to come up with a new budget deal because national security readiness “is at a tipping point.” On Tuesday, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said reluctant preparations for sequestration ...

Agencies could communicate better during rule-making, GAO says

January 23, 2013 Proposed major regulations on subjects ranging from health care to air cargo are published without public notice in more than one-third of cases, the Government Accountability Office has found. In a study of 568 rules with an economic impact of more than $100 million annually from 2003 to 2010, auditors ...

GSA appoints Federal Acquisition Service chief

January 22, 2013 The Federal Acquisition Service, one of two divisions of the General Services Administration that courted trouble last year for overspending on conferences, has a new commissioner, GSA announced on Tuesday. Thomas Sharpe, the senior procurement executive at the Treasury Department who has 30 years of public and private-sector acquisitions experience, ...