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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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Health experts grapple over best agency to lead paperwork reduction effort

June 12, 2012 Improved coordination and integration of billing and patient data systems could save the health care system as much as $40 billion annually, a panel of experts agreed on Monday. But the insurers, physicians and health policy analysts could not settle on which federal office or private sector authority should lead ...

IRS coping with tricky implementation of health care law, auditors say

June 11, 2012 Though a Supreme Court decision looms on the constitutionality of the 2010 health care law, the Internal Revenue Service is effectively implementing it and maintaining its general tax law enforcement operations despite a shrinking staff, auditors said in a report released Friday. But there are additional cost-savings opportunities to be ...

VOA a step closer to some domestic broadcast privileges

June 11, 2012 The Voice of America, which for 70 years has been barred from broadcasting to domestic audiences, would benefit from a House measure to ease restrictions on dissemination within U.S. borders of VOA’s foreign-language material using digital technology. An amendment attached to the House version of the pending Defense Department authorization ...

Small businesses neglected in GSA procurement modernization, lawmakers fear

June 8, 2012 Just as the General Services Administration was announcing a new effort to modernize office supply purchasing schedules, a set of small business contractors were complaining to lawmakers that GSA’s changes were dealing too many vendors out of federal eligibility. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C.., chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee ...

Procurement chief tells agencies to focus on small business set-asides

June 8, 2012 Agencies must report on their progress in steering federal contracting set-asides to specific types of small businesses, according to new direction from Joe Jordan, the recently installed White House chief procurement officer. Joined by Small Business Administration chief Karen Mills, Jordan told agencies in a Wednesday memo to meet their ...

Agency contract spending down 3.5 percent, study of top 200 says

June 8, 2012 Federal contract spending in today’s climate of austerity fell 3.5 percent in fiscal 2011, to $532.6 billion from a 28-year high of $552 billion in fiscal 2009, according to the first annual study of the top 200 contractors compiled by Bloomberg Government, released on Friday. The top 200 companies accounted ...

TSA chief says 30 percent or 40 percent staff cut wouldn’t fly

June 7, 2012 Citing the Transportation Security Administration’s “bloated workforce,” a House subcommittee chairman on Thursday asked TSA Administrator John Pistole whether his agency’s 46,000-strong team of airport and surface transportation screeners could be reduced by 30 percent or 40 percent. Pistole said no, declining to offer his own estimate for how deep ...

Labor’s new approach to jobs data sparks outcry

June 6, 2012 Impending changes in Labor Department procedures for giving the media advance access to jobs data have drawn resistance from news outlets and House Republicans. The dispute, pitting information security needs against press freedoms and the principle of governmental impartiality, surfaced at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on ...

Senate panel backs tighter caps on contractor pay

June 6, 2012 The Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday approved a plan to cap the federal reimbursement to defense contractors for all salaries at $230,700 per employee. Under current law and regulations that the Obama administration updated in April, contractors are reimbursed for salaries as high as $763,029. The new $230,700 cap ...

GSA asked to justify $750,000 in travel for high-level telecommuters

June 5, 2012 In yet more fallout from April’s scandal over lavish spending by the General Services Administration, a key House committee chairman is seeking agency documents and justification for reimbursements of travel expenses incurred by dozens of employees who telecommute full time. Public Buildings Service emails that the House Oversight and Government ...