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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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Four Agencies' Varied Approaches to Sequestration

March 7, 2013 Uncertainty appears to be the one constant shared by agencies grappling with sequestration, as suggested in the diverse approaches being taken by four in a sampling by Government Executive. The president’s March 1 sequestration order, as described by the Office of Management and Budget, requires a 7.8 percent reduction in ...

GSA’s Step Toward Selling Old Heating Plant Draws Barbed Praise

March 7, 2013 House Republicans have long criticized the General Services Administration for insufficient speed in selling unneeded federal properties, and with the recent announcement of a successful auction to attract a buyer for the aging Georgetown Heating Plant, their barbs were tempered only partially. “GSA is pleased to report that the Georgetown ...

CFTC Chief Noncommittal on Staying for Obama’s Second Term

March 6, 2013 Gary Gensler, the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, has been invited to stay through another term, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. But Gensler said he is still mulling his next move. The CTFC, an independent regulatory body, and the Securities and Exchange Commission are immersed in ...

Inspectors General Dragged Into Sequestration Debate

March 5, 2013 Two agency deputies and their inspectors general on Tuesday were pulled into Congress’ politicized debate over finding alternatives to the automatic spending cuts now unfolding under sequestration. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., called the hearing to counter what he dismissed as mere “stories” from the ...

Hunting for 'Great Ideas' Should Be an Everyday Affair, GSA Chief Says

March 5, 2013 The Great Ideas Hunt among General Services Administration employees last year should become an everyday practice at all agencies, acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini said Tuesday. The in-house dialog on innovation, which produced 632 promising ideas for new efficiencies and has so far saved $6 million, “tapped into a well of ...

Obama’s Pick for Budget Director Greeted Warmly, If Politically

March 4, 2013 Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the philanthropy executive and Clinton administration veteran whom President Obama named on Monday as his next budget director, drew praise from Capitol Hill for her qualifications, though Republicans used the announcement as another chance to call for deficit reduction and timely budget submissions. Standing with Burwell and ...

GSA Seeing Some Success in Selling Real State, Efficient Leasing

March 4, 2013 The General Services Administration, whose leaders have been under fire from House Republicans for insufficient speed in selling unneeded federal properties, recently achieved progress on several fronts. The agency’s online auction for selling the long-vacant federally owned Georgetown West Heating plant “received a lot of interest” from private-sector developers, according ...

Issa Goes Directly to Agencies to Specify Spending Cuts

March 4, 2013 The top House oversight chairman has plunged into the debate over sequestration by writing to 17 major agencies in search of specific programs or funding streams that could be cut as an alternative to current law’s across-the-board requirement. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform ...

Pentagon Leaders Say Sequestration Impact Will Be Immediate and Obvious

March 1, 2013 Contradicting skeptics who accuse the Pentagon of being alarmist about sequestration, newly installed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday said the uncertainties surrounding the impending across-the-board budget cuts “will continue to cause this department to put at risk our ability to be effective and fulfill all of our missions.” At ...

Defense Can Handle Sequestration, Specialists Say

March 1, 2013 The Defense Department is to some extent crying wolf with its dire warnings about sequestration’s effect on military readiness because the dollars being cut will become part of an inevitable longer-term budgetary drawdown, a trio of defense specialists said on Friday. “Sequestration will create a mess and inefficiencies and is ...