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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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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 ...

Two Giants of Federal Workforce

October 18, 2012 It’s not often that the obituary page of The New York Times leads with accounts of the lives of two under-sung heroes of the federal workforce. On Wednesday, the paper reported the death of John Hoffman, “a force in energy efficiency” who in the 1980s helped shape an international treaty ...

Making data-based decisions part of agency culture

October 17, 2012 Federal leaders at all levels must continually push the use of data analytics to improve agency decision making and build them into organizational culture, a panel of officials said on Wednesday at an event marking release of a new report. The report -- the second in a series authored by ...

Would-Be Senator Reveals Agency Hit List

October 17, 2012 Texas Republican senatorial candidate Ted Cruz has pledged that if he's elected, he'll come to Washington in January gunning for a few departments and agencies. It’s not clear the extent to which the conservative attorney’s bureaucracy-cutting plans are the reasons for his consistent double-digit lead in the polls over Democratic ...

Pentagon not properly monitoring sole-source contracts, audit finds

October 16, 2012 The Defense Department is inadequately following guidance on single-bid contracts and failing to encourage the type of competition that saves taxpayer dollars, the inspector general’s office found in a recent audit. In a review of 107 contracts valued at nearly $1.4 billion, along with another half-billion dollars’ worth of contract ...