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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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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 ...

Simpson and Bowles revive their plan in bid to avoid sequester

February 19, 2013 This story has been updated. The same day President Obama called for a new budget compromise, the two veterans of the most prominent fiscal commission sought to head off the scheduled March 1 across-the-board spending cuts by reviving a plan first offered in 2010. Former Clinton White House Chief of ...

GAO’s High-Risk List Tackles Climate Change

February 14, 2013 The much-disputed challenge of global climate change has made its way onto the list of high-risk federal agency performance areas, the Government Accountability Office announced on Thursday. The latest in GAO’s biennial series of what a lawmaker calls the congressional overseer’s “to-do” list also for the first time included the ...

Senate Democrats Offer New Deal to Prevent Sequester

February 14, 2013 Senate Democrats attending a closed-door luncheon on Thursday were shown a proposed $110 billion package of spending cuts and revenue gains to replace the $85 billion in automatic cuts under sequestration, the newspaper The Hill reported. Citing a “Democratic source,” the story said the plan would raise some $55 billion ...

Senator Puts Wasteful Contractors and Agencies 'On Notice'

February 13, 2013 Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., written off by many political strategists last year as a poor prospect for reelection, has landed the chairmanship of a new and permanent Financial and Contracting Oversight subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs panel. “I’m putting every federal agency on notice-- any employee ...

Scalia Doesn't Mince Words on State of the Union

February 12, 2013 If you were wondering why you didn't spot Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in the House chamber during Tuesday's State of the Union address, rest assured that he was absent for two reasons. First, note that he seldom attends the president's addresses, the last time being in the late ...

Top Pentagon Brass Lay Out Details of Sequestration Nightmare

February 12, 2013 With less than three weeks to go before automatic governmentwide budget cuts, the entire leadership team at the Pentagon on Tuesday implored the Senate Armed Services Committee to cancel sequestration and adjust the continuing resolution set to run out March 27. In an emotional hearing that prompted lawmakers to criticize ...

Comptroller warns government debt is unsustainable

February 12, 2013 Congress and the president have credibly trimmed deficits in the past 18 months but more far-reaching actions are needed to curb long-term government debt, the comptroller general warned on Tuesday. Laying out the Government Accountability Office’s agenda at the Association of Government Accountants National Leadership Conference, Gene Dodaro applauded the ...

Pentagon Fails to Explain Sole-Source Contracts, GAO Says

February 11, 2013 The Defense Department has made scant headway in justifying its awards of sole-source contracting as required under a fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill, the Government Accountability Office found. From October 2009 to September 2012, the Pentagon awarded 51 sole-source contracts worth more than $20 million, GAO said in a Feb. ...