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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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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 ...

Obama reorganization plan alive but not necessarily well

June 18, 2012 President Obama devoted a portion of a recent campaign speech in Cleveland to talking up his request, formalized in January, for revived legislative authority to consolidate duplicative agencies and programs. “I’ve asked Congress for the authority to reorganize the federal government that was built for the last century -- I ...

How to show Congress your program is working

June 18, 2012 The Government Accountability Office on Friday sent Congress a set of guidelines for easing communication between agencies and congressional staff who evaluate program performance. The guide fleshes out principles in the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act, using case studies of programs to transform the processing of immigration benefits; ...

Longtime Agriculture official steps down

June 15, 2012 Pearlie Reed, a 35-year veteran of the Agriculture Department who worked in conservation and with black farmers, quietly retired on June 1, five days before Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that Reed had chosen to leave his slot as assistant secretary for administration “for personal reasons.” Vilsack wrote to staff saying ...

Contractors object to parts of Defense authorization bills

June 14, 2012 Both the House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act contain contracting provisions that are out of synch with competitive market forces, according to leaders of the Professional Services Council, a contractor trade group. Objectionable provisions include those affecting executive pay reimbursements, efforts to steer more ...

Deal made to advance disputed nominees to nuclear commission

June 14, 2012 In a hearing the chairman described as “civil,” a Senate panel on Wednesday appeared to achieve a consensus on confirming two nominees for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which has been plagued by infighting and whose lightning rod chairman Gregory Jaczko is stepping down. George Mason University geologist and nuclear waste ...

A Change at IBM’s Washington Outpost

June 14, 2012 Some big names in the nexus between government and business gathered on Wednesday at the Washington offices of the IBM Center for the Business of Government (in the handsome former Garfinkel’s Department store building on 14th St. Northwest). Several dozen raised a glass to mark the retirement of Jonathan Breul, ...

Afghanistan Contractor Still on Hot Seat

June 13, 2012 The plot has thickened in the ongoing battle between USA Today and Leonie Industries over the Pentagon’s handling of tax obligations of a major propaganda contractor in the Afghanistan war zone. A story by reporter Tom Vanden Brook published Monday said Defense Department criminal investigators were looking into the company’s ...