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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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Wanted: ‘Adult’ leaders to fend off sequestration

September 18, 2012 The inability of lawmakers to head off the looming threat of automatic budget cuts is a crisis that already is harming agencies and cries out for “adult” leaders to put patriotism over party, a prestigious panel of ex-government officials said Monday. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and former Joint Chiefs ...

Contractor suspensions and debarments on the rise, says White House

September 18, 2012 Suspensions and debarments of companies that violate federal contracting rules have increased across the government over the past three years, rising from just over 1,900 in fiscal 2009 to more than 3,000 in 2011, according to a new report. In a blog post scheduled for release Tuesday, White House Administrator ...

Whose Intelligence is Better?

September 17, 2012 The Sunday talk shows’ dissections of who’s to blame for the attacks on U.S. outposts in Arab nations included an eye-opening statement from Liz Cheney, former principal deputy assistant secretary of State for near eastern affairs. In a blast at the Obama administration on ABC’s “This Week,” the daughter of ...

GSA and Postal Service can improve property management, auditors say

September 17, 2012 Underused buildings and insufficient interagency coordination are causing the government’s two largest civilian property owners to miss opportunities for cost-saving collocation arrangements, auditors said in a a new report. The General Services Administration and the U.S. Postal Service, which manage more than 400,000 properties, rely too much on leasing and ...

‘No More Solyndras Act’ clears House

September 17, 2012 The Republican-controlled House passed a bill to tighten oversight of a major Energy Department loan guarantee program in the wake of the politically controversial 2011 bankruptcy of the California-based solar energy panel maker Solyndra that cost taxpayers more than $500 million. The bill introduced by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman ...

Report confirms feds would feel the effects of sequestration

September 14, 2012 Using language protesting Republican budget tactics, the Office of Management and Budget on Friday released a congressionally mandated report detailing the impact of across-the-board budget cuts looming in January 2013 and provided a set of numbers that would affect nearly every agency and most of the federal workforce. The 400-page ...

Pentagon at 'midfield' in bid for clean books, officials say

September 14, 2012 Invoking a Washington Redskins football metaphor, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale said the Defense Department is at “midfield” in its effort to meet deadlines for auditability of its financial statements, “but we’ve just got Robert Griffin III, and we’ve got the ball and we’ve got momentum,” he told a House panel ...

Mixed marks for Obama in annual secrecy report card

September 13, 2012 President Obama’s three-year-old effort to reduce unnecessary government secrecy has produced some historical firsts in transparency, but agency wariness about declassifying national security information has slowed progress toward openness, according to an annual secrecy report card. The “2012 Secrecy Report” by the nonprofit OpentheGovernment.org, rounds up the latest figures on ...

General Services Administration will reorganize CIO shop

September 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story was adapted from a longer story that appeared on Govexec.com Sept. 12. General Services Administration chief Dan Tangherlini told a Senate panel Wednesday he would overhaul the Office of the Chief Information Officer to reduce waste and improve efficiency at the agency. Tangherlini appeared with GSA Inspector General ...

GSA outlines progress cracking down on bonuses, pricey conferences

September 12, 2012 The test of whether a federal performance bonus is merited is “whether I can explain it at a Senate hearing,” acting General Services Administration chief Dan Tangherlini told a Senate panel Wednesday. Bonuses should be given only for “special, exemplary, extremely justifiable acts,” he added, and “the quality of our ...