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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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Intel budget continues decline after post-9/11 buildup

October 31, 2012 This story was been updated twice with comment. As required by law, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has made public the intelligence community’s budget, reporting on Tuesday a figure of $53.9 billion, a slight drop from the 2011 budget of $54.6 billion. The Defense Department the same ...

Widespread nature of Sandy prompted early disaster declarations, Fugate says

October 30, 2012 President Obama’s decision early Tuesday to declare counties in New York and New Jersey as major disaster areas was “extraordinary,” according to Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate, because FEMA normally would “conduct a more thorough investigation.” But after Obama spoke with governors, it became clear there would be ...

Sandy unfolding as forecast, says National Hurricane Center chief

October 29, 2012 The storm-system combination called Sandy is “on track as generally forecast” to make landfall on the Mid-Atlantic coast Monday night even though it has temporarily accelerated, according to National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb. In a Monday afternoon conference call with reporters, Knabb said “it is difficult to tell in ...

IRS awards $38 million to corporate whistleblower

October 29, 2012 A whistleblower who exposed a corporate tax-avoidance scheme was awarded more than $38 million from the Internal Revenues Service, the law firm involved announced on Friday. Neither the tipster nor the corporation was named publicly, and the IRS has a policy of not commenting on whistleblower awards, which are distributed ...

House Republicans demand to see regulatory agenda

October 26, 2012 Less than two weeks before the elections, four House committee chairmen are pressing the Obama administration to produce overdue documents detailing the release dates and costs of upcoming regulatory proposals. In an Oct. 25 letter to Boris Bershteyn, acting administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the lawmakers ...

Retired diplomats call for boosts in State Department hiring

October 26, 2012 The looming federal budget crunch, coming as the United States reduces its military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, should not slow the State Department’s push to hire more Foreign Service officers, a new report from retired diplomats said. “We would prefer to avoid cuts in both people and programs,” said ...

NRC chief says agency prioritized lessons from Japan disaster

October 25, 2012 In one of her first wide-ranging interviews since assuming office in July, the chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday outlined priority lessons from the March 2011 nuclear meltdown in Japan and provided an overview of work-life at an agency known both for leadership tensions and high employee satisfaction. ...

SBA and Pentagon join forces to boost women in contracting

October 25, 2012 The Obama administration’s efforts to reach a congressional goal of steering 5 percent of federal contracting to women-owned small businesses were showcased Wednesday at an unusual forum that brought together Small Business Administration officials; a female contractors advocacy group; and specialists at the Pentagon, the largest awarder of federal contracts. ...

Energy Department advised to keep a closer eye on contractor travel

October 24, 2012 The Energy Department should strengthen monitoring of its contractors’ foreign travel, which in the past six years has cost more than $300 million for 90,000 trips, according to a recent management alert the department’s inspector general issued. IG Gregory Friedman noted about 85 percent of Energy’s travel costs were incurred ...

Many agencies already reacting to sequestration threat, panelists say

October 22, 2012 Though the White House has directed federal agencies not to spend time planning for automatic spending cuts pending a post-election budget deal, many already are pondering or have taken austerity steps that affect contractors, private procurement specialists say. “The Office of Management and Budget says it’s business as usual, which ...