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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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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 ...

Crisis Budgeting Creates an 'Uncertainty Tax,' Senator Says

March 14, 2013 The uncounted hours federal employees have spent planning for budget contingencies amid political and fiscal uncertainty reduce agency productivity and lower morale, witnesses told a Senate panel on Wednesday. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing came just as President Obama and the House and Senate Budget committees ...

Senate Democrats’ Budget Balances Spending Cuts, Revenue Hikes

March 13, 2013 Senate Democrats released a fiscal 2014 budget on Wednesday that matches spending cuts with revenue hikes of equal value and protects federal workers' pay levels and retirement benefits. The plan released by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., following hours of markup set to continue on Thursday, would replace ...

Is Filibuster Reform Still Possible?

March 13, 2013 Kentucky Republican Rand Paul’s recent performance of the first in-person Senate filibuster in the YouTube era may leave Senate Democrats regretting they didn’t achieve stronger reforms of Senate rules for the process back in January. Republicans have succeeded in delaying votes to confirm John Brennan to head the CIA and ...