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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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August 1, 2012 Conventional Wisdom Red state, blue state, what the Hatch Act rules state. By Charles S. Clark It’s convention time. As Democrats gather in Charlotte, N.C., and Republicans in Tampa, Fla., this summer, federal employees hankering to make the scene might wish to remind themselves of the rules under the Hatch ...

Agency financial chiefs lukewarm on campaign against waste

July 31, 2012 Just a year after the White House launched its Campaign to Cut Waste, led by Vice President Joe Biden, federal chief financial officers express some worry that investment in the centralized effort may not pay off because it isn’t aligned with agency missions. A survey of 300 CFOs and their ...

If You Liked GovEnergy, You'll Love...

July 31, 2012 Calling all federal energy specialists disappointed by the General Services Administration’s recent decision to pull out of a prestigious energy trade event scheduled in St. Louis for August: You now have an alternative. “A band of industry partners,” as they call themselves, have arranged a Federal Energy Management Workshop for ...

Government As Mother of the Internet

July 30, 2012 During a presidential campaign rife with tit-for-tat over whether successful small businesses owe any thanks to government, a related and revealing debate is unfolding in the opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal. Last week, columnist L. Gordon Crovitz wrote a widely commented-on essay challenging the common claim that government ...

GSA acquisitions chief goes on medical leave

July 30, 2012 Just days before a House hearing scheduled to examine overspending at a 2010 conference he helped run, Steven Kempf, commissioner of the General Services Administration’s contracting division, announced he is taking a 60-day medical leave as of Monday. In an email Friday to his staff at the Federal Acquisitions Service, ...

Dueling Bids to Cut Office Space

July 27, 2012 Though not in direct competition, the General Services Administration and Republicans on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee seem to operate on different wavelengths when it comes to the shared goal of selling off excess federal property. On Thursday the panel chaired by GSA critic Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., approved ...

Obama’s black education initiative draws cheers, brickbats

July 27, 2012 President Obama on Thursday signed an executive order launching a White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans, to be housed in the Education Department. The election-year move was welcomed by leaders in the black community but criticized by conservative groups. “In the less than 60 years since the Brown ...

House passes package cracking down on regulations

July 26, 2012 The House on Thursday passed a package of Republican-backed anti-regulation bills, including one from Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., that would prevent any federal agency from issuing a new regulation until the national unemployment rate drops to 6 percent. The vote was 245-172, with 13 Democrats voting in favor and two ...

It may be a while before Pentagon financial statements are auditable, IG warns

July 26, 2012 The Defense Department's ongoing effort to produce auditable financial statements by a congressionally imposed deadline of 2017 could be in jeopardy, according to an inspector general's report released this month. For years, the Government Accountability Office has has been warning that many military agencies are behind in modernizing their software ...

Issa accuses HHS of using Medicare pilot to ‘buy’ election for Obama

July 25, 2012 An $8.3 billion Medicare demonstration project the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services runs was faulted by government auditors for its large size and a design that might hamper conclusive results, prompting a key congressional overseer to blast it as an attempt by the Obama administration to curry favor with ...