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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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OMB touts 'historic' $20 billion in contracting savings

December 6, 2012 Agency spending on goods and services contracts fell by $20 billion during the past year, the Office of Management and Budget announced Thursday. Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Joe Jordan ascribed this “historic” savings level to “a concerted and collaborative effort by all federal agencies.” The downward trend in ...

Discharge petition for extending tax cuts draws 178 Democrats

December 6, 2012 As the drama continues over the looming fiscal cliff, House Democrats have made headway in their parliamentary tactic of forcing a House vote on a bill to extend tax cuts to all but the wealthiest Americans. Separately, on Thursday, the former Obama administration budget director endorsed a two-year limit on ...

Aerospace companies are healthy but dreading sequestration, says industry chief

December 5, 2012 Though their sales and exports are “encouraging,” aerospace companies continue to worry about the prospect of automatic across-the-board federal budget cuts under the “Satan sandwich” or “self-inflicted wound” known as sequestration, the head of the aerospace industry lobby said on Wednesday. “What message sequestration telegraphs to the world about our ...

Senate backs lower contractor pay cap, break for women-owned firms

December 5, 2012 The Senate on Tuesday gave final approval to the hard-fought fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, including provisions limiting reimbursement of contractor executive pay and removing caps on contract set-asides for women-owned small businesses. In a unanimous vote on the $650 billion package -- which must now be reconciled with a ...

Clinton administration heavyweights offer spending cuts, tax reforms

December 4, 2012 A roster of luminaries from the federal government of the 1990s on Tuesday released a long-term spending-cut and tax reform plan designed to tackle the nation’s debt crisis while reducing after-tax income inequality. The liberal-leaning Center for American Progress, following a year of work by a team of big-name authors, ...

DCAA’s auditing triage continues to draw criticism

December 4, 2012 The Defense Contract Audit Agency’s two-year-old effort to review fewer contracts and focus on high-dollar returns continues to attract critics. A recent Pentagon inspector general’s report found problems with the newly reorganized DCAA’s execution of a bid to revamp its audit procedures to stress quality over quantity. The approach -- ...

That Still-Handy World Almanac

December 3, 2012 Despite the mountains of data readily available online, information on government and federal agencies is still printed -- and conveniently organized -- between the glossy paper covers of the World Almanac and Book of Facts. Amazingly this year, the 2013 edition was out and in readers’ hands before the end ...

GSA makes long-awaited move to consolidate FBI headquarters

December 3, 2012 The General Services Administration on Monday issued calls to Washington-area developers for proposals to redevelop the office complex at Federal Triangle South and to create a consolidated headquarters for the FBI, which has long outgrown the J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. The requests for information were presented ...

Pelosi fires up discharge petition to extend middle-class tax cuts

December 3, 2012 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Friday said she would file a rarely used discharge petition in a bid to force a House floor vote on a Senate-passed bill to extend the George W. Bush tax cuts for all but the wealthiest Americans. At her Friday press conference, Pelosi ...

Starting From Square One

December 1, 2012 The upside of being the newest federal agency is the opportunity to start from scratch in designing and staffing an innovative operation. The downside for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is setting up and branding a fledgling agency while under fire from critics in Congress who’ve never abandoned hopes of ...