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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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Agencies Offer Ideas for Preventing Chemical Disasters

January 8, 2014 Eight months after last spring’s chemical fertilizer explosion that took 15 lives in West, Texas, the Obama administration has released a set of new regulatory safety options. The nonprofit advocacy community appears encouraged, but industry less so. An August 2013 executive order set a deadline of 90 days for an...

GSA Whistleblower’s Exit

January 8, 2014 Seemingly minutes after the scandal broke in April 2012 over lavish conference spending at the General Services Administration, several top GSA executives were forced out. Now, one could say, the circle has been completed with the announcement Tuesday of the impending retirement of GSA Deputy Administrator Susan Brita. She’s the...

Agencies Urged to Engage More Citizens in Government Problem-Solving

January 7, 2014 The federal government could move far beyond its current challenge.gov website in enlisting citizen help in policy problem-solving, says a new report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government. A convergence of budget austerity, more complex policy problems and the prevalence of digital technology ripens the current era...

New IRS Chief Calls Budget Crunch Toughest Challenge

January 6, 2014 Hours after a ceremonial swearing-in before hundreds of his employees, new Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen on Monday named the tax agency’s tightened budget as “the most intractable problem” he faces, also expressing hope the hard work staff have spent redacting and submitting documents to Congress as part of an...

Homeland Security Advised to Segregate Spending Streams

January 6, 2014 The Homeland Security Department could help Congress better evaluate its nearly $60 billion annual budget if it separated spending on management and administrative functions from spending on fulfilling its mission, an audit found. The Government Accountability Office, after reviewing eight DHS components representing 88 percent of the department’s budget, determined...

A Wisconsin Divide Over Obamacare Lawsuit

January 6, 2014 A Republican senator has filed a lawsuit against the Office of Personnel Management, claiming the Obama administration acted illegally when it exempted some congressional staff from having to enroll in the health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. In an op-ed in Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Wisconsin Republican Ron...

OMB Directs Agencies to Embrace ‘Value Engineering’

January 3, 2014 In its first such update in two decades, the Office of Management and Budget has revised long-standing guidance instructing agency managers to adopt the private-sector discipline known as “value engineering” to boost innovation and achieve savings. In a revision of OMB Circular A-131 published Dec. 26 in the Federal Register,...

Labor IG: No More Advance Peeks at Jobs Data for Media

January 3, 2014 The Labor Department should consider eliminating its evolving procedures for press “lockups” when it releases sensitive weekly data on unemployment claims because the steps are not well documented and the approach “creates an unfair competitive advantage for certain news organizations and their clients,” according to a new audit. In recent...

SEC’s Revolving Door To Turn A Little Slower

January 2, 2014 Some senior employees of the Securities and Exchange Commission who leave for the private sector soon will be subject to the same restrictions that have long applied to most ex-SEC senior staff on lobbying their former agency. The new regulation, which takes effect in April 2014, eliminates agency-requested exemptions for...

Public Has Little Faith in Uncle Sam

January 2, 2014 The notion of a “can-do” federal government -- to the surprise of few -- took a beating in a poll released Thursday, with 70 percent of Americans saying they lack confidence in the government's ability “to make progress on the important problems and issues facing the country in 2014.” About...