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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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Watchdog wants everyone on the same page about multi-agency contracting

January 30, 2013 The Defense Department needs to modernize its procurement procedures to take better advantage of interagency contracting, a Government Accountability Office report found. At a time when savings from multi-agency purchases of goods and services are key goals of the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration, GAO ...

IRS speeds up hiring time, auditors find

January 30, 2013 Despite a current hiring freeze, the Internal Revenue Service has reduced the time it takes to bring in new employees, auditors reported. The agency’s information technology office in particular has cut the wait time from 218 days in November 2009 to about 90 days, which is close to the Office ...

Threat of sequestration takes a toll on employee productivity

January 29, 2013 With few signs that Congress and the White House are close to a new budget deal, agency employees continue to plan reluctantly for across-the-board spending cuts, leaving vacancies unfilled and drawing up springtime furlough schedules, according to observers. “Agencies are scrambling, and there’s nothing pretty about what they’re trying to ...

SBA office worked to block federal regulations on businesses

January 29, 2013 An independent office within the Small Business Administration has worked to block health, safety and environmental regulations on behalf of small and large businesses without appropriate technical expertise, two new studies have charged. Scholars at the nonprofit Center for Progressive Reform in a report released Tuesday argued that the SBA ...

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, ...