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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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Lawmakers graded on their resistance to ‘unfair’ government competition

September 27, 2012 Calling today’s federal government “a threat to small business,” a coalition of free-market advocacy groups released its latest report card rating members of Congress by their votes on issues it says demonstrate a commitment to resisting unfair government competition. The Business Coalition for Fair Competition’s report on the 112th Congress ...

Greener work station lighting and power strips could be on the way

September 26, 2012 The General Services Administration released two reports Wednesday with encouraging test results on energy-saving technological innovations that could be applied widely in federal buildings. As part of its Green Proving Ground program and to comply with President Obama’s executive order on improving sustainability, the agency worked with the Energy Department’s ...

GSA Shouts Louder

September 26, 2012 Passersby in Washington’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood may notice that the “for sale” sign that has been posted for three months on the six-decade-old Georgetown Heating Plant was just replaced by one with much larger lettering. The General Services Administration, after being lambasted by some congressional Republicans for “sitting on” federal ...

Make Way for More Scaffolding on the Washington Monument

September 26, 2012 Amidst all the election hoopla and the looming fiscal cliff, it’s easy to forget that a key feature of life in the nation’s capital has been out of commission for more than 13 months. The Washington Monument has been closed to visitors since it was damaged by the regional earthquake ...

Congress clears bill cracking down on purchase card abuse

September 25, 2012 In the waning hours of its session, Congress on Saturday passed a bill to toughen oversight of agency purchasing cards, codifying new penalties on federal employees who abuse the cards. The Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act resurfaced abruptly, having been introduced in February 2011 by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, ...

Challenges await GSA’s plan to cut agency contract fees

September 25, 2012 The General Services Administration, as part of its top-to-bottom review of its operations, is eying a cut in the fees it charges other agencies that use the pre-negotiated contracts in its multiple award schedules program. The move comes as the White House is considering directing agencies to take advantage of ...

Next administration should broaden pay range within grades, academics say

September 24, 2012 Regardless of who wins the presidential election, the next administration should strengthen the federal workforce by narrowing salary disparities with the private sector through “tailored pay adjustments within the pay system and expanded within-grade pay ranges.” That’s one of a list of recommendations released Monday in the second of a ...

House Republican slams Homeland Security’s contract management

September 21, 2012 Senior leaders at the Homeland Security Department are “failing to hold acquisition programs accountable” in such key areas as border and airport security, a House subcommittee chairman charged Friday. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, told a hearing of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management that portions of the ...

Bonuses for Cutting Costs?

September 21, 2012 Republican senatorial candidate George Allen expressed faith in the federal workforce as a source for cost-savings ideas during his debate against Democrat Tim Kaine Thursday in Fairfax, Va. Asked by NBC News 4 Virginia bureau chief Julie Carey whether he would support any revenue in a budget deal, Allen launched ...

Furloughs remain a recurring theme in forecasting sequestration’s impact

September 20, 2012 On the eve of a vote to adjourn Congress until after the elections, top military and civilian Defense Department officials unveiled new details on the harm that looming across-the-board budget cuts would inflict if they kicked in this January. Warning two House panels of impending cuts to stateside training and ...