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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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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 ...

Federal programs to aid entrepreneurs overlap

August 27, 2012 Agency efforts to support private entrepreneurs are ineffectual and fragmented, according to Government Accountability Office research on 52 programs in such departments as Agriculture, Commerce and Housing and Urban Development. In a paper dated Aug. 23, auditors identified overlap among initiatives to offer grants, loans and technical training to businesses ...

Wanna Buy a Heating Plant?

August 25, 2012 The “for sale” sign is visible to much of Washington just below the roofline of the 64-year-old faded beige “West Heating Plant” in Georgetown. The white banner was erected in June by its owner, the General Services Administration, just before Republicans on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee visited the ...

Sequestration would cut Defense by 10.3 percent -- in stages, says report

August 24, 2012 Absent a new budget deal between the White House and Congress, defense spending would be hit with an immediate 10.3 percent reduction that threatens the jobs of 108,000 civilian employees, according to an analyst’s new calculations of the looming sequestration threat. Not all those cuts, however, would kick in on ...

Attending the conventions? You might want to brush up on the Hatch Act

August 24, 2012 It’s convention time. As Republicans gather in Tampa, Fla., and Democrats gather in Charlotte, N.C., federal employees hankering to make the scene might wish to remind themselves of the rules under the Hatch Act. As spelled out in guidelines prepared by the Office of Special Counsel, federal employees may attend ...

Survey: Feds can and should continue attending conferences

August 23, 2012 As the Obama administration and Congress continue a crackdown on agency spending for travel and conferences, a clear majority of federal employees believe such gatherings are important and that their supervisors remain open to their participation, a new survey shows. An online poll conducted in mid-August by Government Executive’s research ...