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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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Fuel program for Afghan army jeopardized by missing records

September 10, 2012 A $1.1 billion program to supply fuel to the Afghan army as it struggles to take over from U.S. troops fighting the Taliban is lacking proper records detailing available funds and inventory, in part because many documents have been improperly shredded, auditors reported Monday. The Office of the Special Inspector ...

Two Sayings to Live By for Federal Managers

September 10, 2012 Successful public speaking often involves boiling ideas down to snappy aphorisms. Two succinct examples came through the microphones last Thursday at Government Executive's Excellence in Government conference. Beth McGrath, deputy chief management officer at the Defense Department and a 24-year Pentagon veteran, addressed the need to modernize equipment and procedures ...

Consumer groups pounce on senators' regulatory relief effort

September 7, 2012 Bipartisan legislation to require independent agencies to submit new rules for enhanced cost-benefit review has drawn attacks from several consumer groups, which warn of politicization of health and safety issues. The Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act (S. 3468), introduced in early August by Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va.; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; ...

Republicans rap White House silence on sequester report

September 7, 2012 House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, blasted the White House for giving no sign of the impending delivery of a report detailing planning for across-the-board budget cuts as called for in the Sequester Transparency Act signed by President Obama on Aug. 7. The law (P.L. 112-155) gave the president 30 days ...

'Energy and excitement' make presidential transitions ripe for innovation

September 6, 2012 The chaos and quick decision-making needed when the government goes through a post-election transition is a “natural time” for creativity and innovation, veterans of recent changeovers told a conference of federal employees on Thursday. Political appointees, they agreed, are “totally dependent” on the expertise of career civil servants to keep ...

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 ...