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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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Bill requiring OMB to share sequestration plans sails through committee

June 27, 2012 Legislation is advancing to require the White House to disclose details of how agencies -- in particular the Defense Department -- are planning for the possibility of mandatory across-the-board budget cuts. The movement comes during a week when fears of the 2011 Budget Control Act’s sequestration threat have prompted discussions ...

Congress should act to avoid sequestration before election, senator says

June 26, 2012 A movement is building in Congress and the defense industry that challenges the common assumption that the government’s array of unresolved budget decisions can wait until after the November elections, a senator said Tuesday before a panel organized by the contractors group TechAmerica. Automatic cuts to the Defense Department budget ...

White House veto threat sets up clash on Agriculture’s buildings fund

June 25, 2012 The White House is challenging a move by House Republican appropriators to deny the Agriculture Department any funds in fiscal 2013 for repair and upkeep of its buildings. When H.R. 5973, the fiscal 2013 agriculture spending bill, cleared the House Appropriations Committee by voice vote on June 19, it contained ...

Issa: Transparency Measure Dead in Senate

June 25, 2012 In a fast and furious series of appearances on the Sunday talk shows, House Government Oversight and Reform panel chief Darrell Issa, R-Calif., spent most of his airtime addressing the ongoing dispute about holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. And most of the resulting news coverage focused duly on ...

Agencies told to trim paperwork

June 22, 2012 Federal agencies should take additional steps to reduce paperwork in easing the overall burden of regulations on business, the public and federal employees, Cass Sunstein, administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, said in a Friday memo to agency heads. In a follow-up to President Obama’s ...

Government funds 47 transportation projects

June 22, 2012 Forty-seven local and regional infrastructure projects have won funding through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Friday, when he also called on Congress to break its impasse on the stalled surface transportation bill. Following a nationwide TIGER competition for shares of a $500 million ...

Pentagon expansion of acquisition staff hurt by funding uncertainties

June 21, 2012 The Defense Department’s ongoing effort to expand and better train its ranks of acquisition employees has been hindered by shifts in funding and the absence of an overarching strategy, auditors said in a report released Thursday. A Government Accountability Office review of the $1.8 billion Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund ...

GSA doesn’t know how many buildings it should sell, audit finds

June 20, 2012 The government lacks reliable data on the number of federal properties that can be deemed superfluous and hence sold, the Government Accountability Office reported Wednesday. Inconsistently defined measures of property conditions, use and operating costs could call into question the Obama administration’s two-year-old effort to achieve savings by selling excess ...

New consumer bureau opens database of credit card complaints

June 20, 2012 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has delivered on a promise to mount an online database that gives the public a view of individual-level consumer complaints against credit card companies. It is the first such move by a federal financial regulator. “Our goal is to improve the transparency and efficiency of ...

House Republicans continue blasting GSA on slow property sales

June 19, 2012 The pace of the Obama administration’s campaign to sell off unneeded government properties came under renewed attack Tuesday as House Republicans on the infrastructure panel staged a field hearing in an abandoned federal heating plant on the pricey Georgetown waterfront. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., chairman of the House Transportation and ...