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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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Senate Approves 2013 Spending Bill to Keep Government Open

March 20, 2013 The Senate on Wednesday voted 73-26 to pass an amended version of the fiscal 2013 bill to keep the government running past the March 27 expiration date of last year’s continuing resolution. The legislation would extend the freeze on federal pay. The plan to fund most agencies at fiscal 2012 ...

Lawmakers Hunt Sequester Alternative in Defense, DHS Savings

March 19, 2013 House lawmakers on Tuesday probed for alternatives to sequestration’s across-the-board budget cuts, interrogating executives and auditors from agencies many lawmakers associate with wasteful spending -- the Defense and Homeland Security departments. The resulting fireworks touched on scenarios ranging from Cabinet members resigning to fighter planes being canceled to inspectors general ...

A One-Stop-Shop for U.S.-Sponsored Global Journalism

March 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Broadcasting Board of Governors on Monday launched a “Global News Dashboard” that amalgamates English-language news from more than 50 of its bureaus, its production centers and its network of more than 1,500 journalists and stringers worldwide. Visitors to the single website will be directed to content from Voice of ...

Labor Nominee Draws Union Praise, GOP Wariness

March 18, 2013 This story has been updated. Thomas Perez, whom President Obama on Monday nominated as his next Labor secretary, is winning plaudits from organized labor and civil rights groups, but business groups appear lukewarm and some Republican lawmakers are openly critical. Speaking to a crowd at the White House that included ...

GSA Continues Belt-Tightening, Cancels Two More Conferences

March 18, 2013 Citing declining demand due to budget cuts, the General Services Administration on Monday announced that it was suspending two annual interagency federal conferences, the Fed Forum and the SmartPay events. Both conferences “serve as valuable forums for charge card management and fleet and personal property professionals governmentwide,” a GSA spokeswoman ...

Activists Laud Special Counsel’s Entry into Whistleblower Case

March 15, 2013 In a first since passage last November of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, the Office of Special Counsel on Thursday filed an amicus brief challenging a ruling it says would deny federal employees who feel they are unfairly removed from so-called “sensitive” national security positions appropriate recourse. The move was ...

Senate Budget Blueprint Targets Retirement Backlog, Duplicative Reports

March 15, 2013 The Senate Budget Committee’s marathon two-day markup of a fiscal 2014 budget plan ended Thursday evening with approval, by 12-10, of a vision Democrats called “a balanced and responsible approach to our fiscal and economic challenges.” The amended text now headed for a floor vote contains agency-oriented provisions to reduce ...

OMB Instructs Agencies on Freezing Real Estate Footprint

March 15, 2013 The Obama administration continued its drive to economize on federally owned real estate, issuing guidance requiring all agencies to submit a plan to “restrict the growth in their office and warehouse inventories.” Controller Danny Werfel posted a memo on Thursday outlining a “Freeze the Footprint” policy on which agency progress ...

Agencies Rev Up to Monitor Hurricane Sandy Relief Spending

March 14, 2013 The White House budget office is proceeding with guidance for federal agencies involved in spending the $50 billion in disaster relief funds appropriated in January for victims of last October’s Hurricane Sandy. Controller Danny Werfel, in a memo to all agency heads dated March 12, described an effort to provide ...

SBA Office Catches Fire From Businesses and Academics Alike

March 14, 2013 The business community’s ombudsman within the Small Business Administration defended his office’s record against attacks from both the right and the left on Thursday. Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant was accused by business groups of allowing agencies to write regulations with little input from affected companies while an academic ...