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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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Obama-era regulations less plentiful than portrayed, report says

October 2, 2012 Charges by Republicans and some in business that the Obama administration has unleashed a flurry of regulations during the past three and a half years do not stand up to careful analysis, according to a new study by the nonprofit OMB Watch. In a report titled “The Regulatory Tsunami That ...

Agencies flunk libertarian transparency tests

October 2, 2012 Executive branch agencies under President Obama are being outperformed by Republicans in Congress in a transparency competition judged by an analyst with the libertarian Cato Institute. “None of the grades are very good, but where Congress has weak grades, the Obama administration’s grades are horrible,” said Jim Harper, Cato’s director ...

Defense contractors diversify while eying sequestration

October 1, 2012 Like many in states with a heavy defense presence, South Carolinians are warily following Congress’ stalemated budget talks and hoping for a breakthrough that will head off the dreaded automatic spending cuts known as sequestration. Allowing sequestration to take effect would be a “national disgrace” that would jeopardize thousands of ...

Triaging Audits

October 1, 2012 In November 2009, Patrick Fitzgerald took the reins of a troubled Defense Contract Audit Agency. His predecessor director, April Stephenson, had stepped down after a series of critical reports from the Government Accountability Office and the Pentagon inspector general landed the agency in hot water. Contentious congressional hearings pointed to ...

House clears Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act

September 28, 2012 With most members out on the campaign trail, the House on Friday approved final passage of the long-awaited Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (S. 743), a set of 10 reforms intended to clarify the difference between policy disputes and whistleblowing. By unanimous consent, the chamber approved an amended version of the ...

Agencies should file better reports on their service contracts, GAO says

September 28, 2012 The Obama administration’s effort to better calibrate which functions are inherently governmental and which are better contracted out will require improvements in agency inventories of service contracts, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. Forty eight of the 49 agencies that GAO reviewed had filed the required lists of ...

Seventy agencies delinquent on federal taxes, auditors say

September 27, 2012 This story has been updated. Federal agencies cumulatively owe some $14 million in unpaid employment taxes, according to a report released Thursday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Though agencies themselves are not required to pay income taxes, they must report and make deposits on their employment taxes ...

Lawmakers graded on their resistance to ‘unfair’ government competition

September 27, 2012 Calling today’s federal government “a threat to small business,” a coalition of free-market advocacy groups released its latest report card rating members of Congress by their votes on issues it says demonstrate a commitment to resisting unfair government competition. The Business Coalition for Fair Competition’s report on the 112th Congress ...

Greener work station lighting and power strips could be on the way

September 26, 2012 The General Services Administration released two reports Wednesday with encouraging test results on energy-saving technological innovations that could be applied widely in federal buildings. As part of its Green Proving Ground program and to comply with President Obama’s executive order on improving sustainability, the agency worked with the Energy Department’s ...

GSA Shouts Louder

September 26, 2012 Passersby in Washington’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood may notice that the “for sale” sign that has been posted for three months on the six-decade-old Georgetown Heating Plant was just replaced by one with much larger lettering. The General Services Administration, after being lambasted by some congressional Republicans for “sitting on” federal ...