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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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Health care law will cost less than previously estimated, CBO says

July 24, 2012 In a widely anticipated revised estimate produced after the Supreme Court ruling on the health care reform law, the Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday reported that the 2010 Affordable Care Act will cost the government $84 billion less than previously calculated for the period from 2012-2022. The nonpartisan office also ...

Who’s to blame if we go over the fiscal cliff?

July 24, 2012 Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., on Tuesday shot back at a Democratic colleague with whom he pursued a bipartisan budget deal in 2011 on the unsuccessful super committee. Toomey labeled as “cynical” the suggestion by some Democrats that Congress should do nothing to head off the coming expiration of the 2001 ...

Federal Buildings on a Bumper Sticker?

July 24, 2012 The steady stream of criticism of the General Services Administration heard from House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica has emerged as a campaign issue in the central Florida district the Republican has represented for 20 years. For nearly a year, Mica has blasted GSA both for extravagant spending ...

Coming House vote on freezing regulations draws Democrats’ fire

July 23, 2012 The House is gearing up for a floor vote this week on a package of long-in-the-works bills designed to reduce regulatory red tape for businesses, prompting minority Democrats and a coalition of consumer and health groups to sound alarms. A Republican-crafted package under consideration by the House Rules Committee Monday ...

Feds Return to World Trade Center

July 23, 2012 The General Services Administration announced last week that the rebuilt World Trade Center at Ground Zero in Manhattan is once again a federal worksite. A lease signed with the Port Authority, the center’s landlord, and the Durst Organization, an equity partner and manager of the building, will sign over to ...

Senator ‘sickened’ by new GSA controversy

July 20, 2012 Leaders of the key Senate panel overseeing the General Services Administration responded to news of another conference featuring questionable spending by releasing a redacted version of a letter from the acting GSA chief summarizing progress on his “top-to-bottom” review of the troubled agency’s management procedures. “At a time when Congress ...

Government vs. Corporations

July 20, 2012 Since Mitt Romney famously declared that corporations are people earlier this year, hair-splitting philosophical debate has raged. Former General Electric chief executive Jack Welch and his wife Suzy took to The Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page on July 16 to argue that indeed corporations are people in the sense of ...

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau takes maiden voyage in enforcement

July 19, 2012 After much speculation in the financial industry about the powers of the newest federal agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has come out ahead, announcing a settlement that requires Capital One Bank to refund about $140 million to 2 million customers and pay an additional $60 million in two penalties. ...

GSA blasted for another over-the-top 2010 conference

July 19, 2012 The General Services Administration staged a one-day awards conference at two hotels in Arlington, Va., in November 2010 at which some 200 guests were treated to gifts such as time-and-temperature picture frames and drumsticks, according to GSA inspector general figures House Republicans on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released Thursday. ...

An Agency's Own Farmers Market

July 18, 2012 Unlike most federal agencies, the Office of Personnel Management is fortunate enough enjoy “home delivery” of fresh farm products. Every Wednesday in season an array of local farmers and food vendors sets up booths at the entrance to OPM’s main building at 19th and E Streets NW in Washington. Everything ...