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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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Think tank seeks new federal office to counter extremist ideology

September 5, 2012 The United States has a “hole in its strategy” for countering the threat of terrorism from Islamic extremists and should create an office devoted to the ongoing global “war of ideas,” a panel of foreign policy specialists said Wednesday. The new office, envisioned as a 21st century version of the ...

No More Solyndras Act would cost $1 million over four years, CBO says

September 5, 2012 A House Republican bill to tighten oversight of the Energy Department’s controversial loan guarantee program would impose “negligible” implementation costs of about $1 million over four years, the Congressional Budget Office has reported. The No More Solyndras Act, (H.R. 6213), named for the solar panel manufacturing company that went bankrupt ...

Campaign to Cut Waste saves $2 billion in second quarter

September 4, 2012 The Obama administration’s 15-month-old Campaign to Cut Waste is on track to “meet or exceed” its goal of saving $8 billion by the end of fiscal 2013, acting White House Budget Director Jeffrey Zients reported Monday. He attributed the progress to “smart management.” In an Office of Management and Budget ...

Democratic platform promises to cut programs ‘we can’t afford’

September 4, 2012 The 22,000-plus-word Democratic Party platform released Monday night consists chiefly of a look-back at the Obama administration’s accomplishments, including its governmentwide management reforms, while offering some shout outs to specific agencies. “What is holding our nation back is a stalemate in Washington between two fundamentally different views of which direction ...

Lifting the Lid

September 1, 2012 In the record hot summer of 2012, the intelligence community was feeling a different kind of heat. Rocked by outrage over leaks to the press, top officials were scrambling to tighten controls on classified information. Media outlets had published eye-opening stories dissecting the government’s successes in taking out al Qaeda ...

Sequestration would cost civilian agencies $39 billion, contractor group says

August 31, 2012 Nondefense agencies would be hit with $39 billion in top-line budget cuts if the current law’s threat of sequestration kicks in on Jan. 2, 2013, according to new calculations by the Professional Services Council, a contractors trade group. Though Congress and the White House could still reach a budget deal ...

Interior’s reorganization after Gulf oil spill falls short

August 30, 2012 More than two years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill tainted the Gulf of Mexico, the Interior Department’s attempt to segregate safety monitoring from minerals management oversight in a major reorganization has produced mixed results, auditors found. In a report on Interior’s progress released Wednesday, the Government Accountability Office ...

Nader report blasts GPO’s embrace of online publishing

August 30, 2012 The Government Printing Office saves considerable money by converting paper publications to online-only files, but that evolution comes at a cost to the millions of poor, elderly and rural Americans who lack Internet access, says a report released Wednesday by Ralph Nader’s Center for Study of Responsive Law. “Many have ...

Government is ramping up document declassifications

August 29, 2012 Three years into the Obama administration’s push to speed document declassification, officials touted considerable progress on a backlog that once was nearly 400 million pages at a public forum Wednesday hosted by the National Archives and Records Administration. Addressing about 100 people, officials from Archives, CIA, the Energy Department and ...

GSA projects $11 million savings from canceled conferences

August 28, 2012 The General Services Administration announced that it expects to save $11 million from April through September from cuts in travel, conferences, training and meetings. The announcement came just as House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is stepping up demands on numerous agencies for historical data on ...