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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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Fiscal cliff stalemate puts 2014 budget submissions in limbo

December 20, 2012 In an ordinary year, federal agencies preparing their final budget submission for next year would have received the guidance known as “passbacks” from the Office of Management and Budget by now. But the current fiscal cliff drama has left planners of fiscal 2014 budgets with a double dose of uncertainty. ...

Clinton revamped embassy security ahead of scathing Benghazi report

December 19, 2012 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton anticipated many of the recommendations for improving embassy security contained in the report she assigned to an outside panel diagnosing what went wrong during September’s attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. On Tuesday, on the heels of the release of an unclassified version ...

A Valentine to the CFTC

December 18, 2012 The Dec. 24 Time magazine ought to bring smiles to P.R. strategists at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission with its cover story “The Money Cop.” The up-close portrait of CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler reports how he “strikes fear in the hearts of brazen bankers,” having just forced a $1.9 billion ...

Marines retreat on sponsorship of Ultimate Fighting

December 18, 2012 The Marine Corps recruiting office has ended its controversial sponsorship of Ultimate Fighting Championship events after a petition campaign protested behavior by some of the sport’s participants as sexist and pro-violence. “The Marine Corps Recruiting Command's contracted advertising agency's partnership with UFC expired Nov. 30, 2012,” spokesman Maj. John Caldwell ...

Only Democrats are left on labor relations board

December 17, 2012 This Sunday marked the expiration of Republican attorney Brian Hayes’ stormy two-year tenure on the National Labor Relations Board. That leaves the board with three members, all Democrats, but enough for a quorum, NLRB spokeswoman Nancy Cleland said. In 2011, Hayes had threatened to resign and bring the board down ...

Acquisition workforce losing talent while hobbled by oversight, survey finds

December 17, 2012 The government’s acquisition professionals are facing the new budget austerity with inadequate experience and training just as a rising portion of their time is being eaten up by compliance with auditors, according to a survey of federal employees. The wave of retirements already in progress across agencies along with an ...

CRS Works on Its Word Choice

December 14, 2012 The normally spotlight-avoiding Congressional Research Service was back in the political news this week when it re-released a controversial study of the impact of tax cuts on economic growth. The report, “Taxes and the Economy: An analysis of the Top Tax Rates Since 1945,” by CRS public finance specialist Thomas ...

Congress lightens GAO’s load

December 14, 2012 The Government Accountability Office will be relieved of some long-required audits and reviews now considered burdensome and low-impact under a bill the lame-duck House approved on Thursday. The GAO Mandates Revision Act (S 3315), which the Senate passed in September, was introduced by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and backed by ...

Bill to curb improper payments likely headed to president’s desk

December 14, 2012 The lame-duck House on Thursday approved by voice vote its version of a Senate-passed bill to beef up protections against government payments to ineligible people who claim retiree or disability payments. The Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act (H.R. 4053) was introduced in 2011 by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., ...

OMB unveils upgrade to governmentwide performance website

December 14, 2012 The Obama administration’s pursuit of goal and data-based “smart management” passed a milestone on Friday as the Office of Management and Budget went live with an enhanced version of the interagency website performance.gov. The revised site “strengthens the government’s performance management with greater transparency, accountability and shared responsibility,” Shelley Metzenbaum, ...