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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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Senate Passes 2014 Budget That Would Reverse Sequestration

March 23, 2013 Following a day and an evening of debate and a “vote-a-rama,” the Democratic-controlled Senate early Saturday gave final approval to a budget resolution that differs starkly with the Republican-controlled House version, setting up months of coming clashes over spending bills. After senators had prepared some 400 amendments, only a few ...

FAA Announces Closure of 149 Air Traffic Control Towers

March 22, 2013 The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday translated the sequestration order into action with an announcement that 149 federal contract air traffic control towers will close beginning April 7. An additional 24 towers slated for closure were given a reprieve for fear that their absence would go against the national interest. ...

Don't Worry, Meat Will be Inspected Under Sequester

March 22, 2013 The inclusion of new funds for federal meat inspectors in the just-passed fiscal 2013 spending bill gives the Agriculture Department some relief from the dreaded across-the-board automatic spending cuts that nearly all other agencies must still absorb. As part of the continuing resolution to extend government funding through the fiscal ...

Are We Headed for an Acquisition Brain Drain?

March 21, 2013 The top federal procurement officer on Thursday called for “not a tweak but a full rethink” of the government’s planning for its acquisition workforce, warning that as many as 40 percent of the 36,000 federal contracting officers could retire in the next five years. Joe Jordan, administrator of the White ...

House Clears GOP Plan to Shrink Government, Balance Budget

March 21, 2013 The House on Thursday approved the Republicans’ fiscal 2014 budget blueprint, voting 221-207 largely on partisan lines for the plan to shrink government and balance the budget by spending by $4.6 trillion less over the next decade. The blueprint, authored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., calls for dramatic ...

Senate Approves 2013 Spending Bill to Keep Government Open

March 20, 2013 The Senate on Wednesday voted 73-26 to pass an amended version of the fiscal 2013 bill to keep the government running past the March 27 expiration date of last year’s continuing resolution. The legislation would extend the freeze on federal pay. The plan to fund most agencies at fiscal 2012 ...

Lawmakers Hunt Sequester Alternative in Defense, DHS Savings

March 19, 2013 House lawmakers on Tuesday probed for alternatives to sequestration’s across-the-board budget cuts, interrogating executives and auditors from agencies many lawmakers associate with wasteful spending -- the Defense and Homeland Security departments. The resulting fireworks touched on scenarios ranging from Cabinet members resigning to fighter planes being canceled to inspectors general ...

A One-Stop-Shop for U.S.-Sponsored Global Journalism

March 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Broadcasting Board of Governors on Monday launched a “Global News Dashboard” that amalgamates English-language news from more than 50 of its bureaus, its production centers and its network of more than 1,500 journalists and stringers worldwide. Visitors to the single website will be directed to content from Voice of ...

Labor Nominee Draws Union Praise, GOP Wariness

March 18, 2013 This story has been updated. Thomas Perez, whom President Obama on Monday nominated as his next Labor secretary, is winning plaudits from organized labor and civil rights groups, but business groups appear lukewarm and some Republican lawmakers are openly critical. Speaking to a crowd at the White House that included ...

GSA Continues Belt-Tightening, Cancels Two More Conferences

March 18, 2013 Citing declining demand due to budget cuts, the General Services Administration on Monday announced that it was suspending two annual interagency federal conferences, the Fed Forum and the SmartPay events. Both conferences “serve as valuable forums for charge card management and fleet and personal property professionals governmentwide,” a GSA spokeswoman ...