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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 Summons Lawmakers to Meet -- on Friday After Sequestration

February 27, 2013 President Obama has invited House and Senate leaders from both parties to the White House to discuss the looming across-the-board budget cuts on Friday, hours after the statutory deadline will have passed for heading off sequestration. According to the Associated Press, the meeting is an attempt to “jump-start” the stalemated ...

White House Regulatory Office Too Quiet About Its Activities, Study Finds

February 26, 2013 A notable portion of meeting records, oral communications and public comments related to agency rulemaking are absent from the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs website, according to a new study that faults OIRA for less-than-full transparency during the last 12 years. Since 1981, the office has been ...

Contractors Protest Continuing Bad News on Sequestration

February 26, 2013 A top contractors group on Tuesday published an open letter declaring that “time is up” and imploring President Obama and Congress to hurry toward a new budget compromise to head off automatic spending cuts before they begin on Friday. A Pentagon official cited looming sequestration in explaining a decision to ...

A Poster Child for Government Waste

February 26, 2013 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on Sunday found itself abruptly accused on national television of overspending. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., a psychologist who appeared on CBS News’ Face the Nation to discuss the role of mental health in gun violence, said: The National Institute of Mental Health ...

Sequestration Could Jeopardize Upgrades to Life-Saving Weather Satellites

February 25, 2013 Executives from the companies that produce the nation’s weather satellites gathered on Capitol Hill Monday to showcase the multi-agency observation and forecasting technology systems that are threatened by tight budgets and sequestration. The panel was assembled by the Aerospace Industries Association just days after the geospatial and orbital satellite systems ...

Freeze Federal Hiring So Critical Feds Don’t Need to Be Furloughed, Lawmaker Says

February 25, 2013 Four days before across-the-board budget cuts are scheduled to kick in, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., demanded the Obama administration commence a hiring freeze, citing a series of “low-priority" jobs advertised on USAJobs.gov. In a separate letter, Coburn sought cancellation of a multi-agency 100-city tour to promote grants. The senator listed ...

Common Ground on Cutting Retirement?

February 22, 2013 As President Obama and GOP leaders continue their Alphonse and Gaston routine for avoiding action to head off sequestration, at least one area of potential agreement has come into focus. A White House blog post on Thursday emphasized that Obama’s proposal for the long-discussed “grand bargain” is “still on the ...

GSA Cancels This Year’s Training Conference and Expo

February 22, 2013 Citing tight budgets, the General Services Administration on Friday announced it is suspending its signature Training Conference and Expo, which had been scheduled for May 14-16 in Orlando, Fla. The annual event, designed for federal, state and local government employees and military members who make or influence procurement decisions, was ...

House Leader Suggests 'Common Sense Alternatives' to Sequester

February 21, 2013 The dreaded automatic spending cuts slated to kick in March 1 could be avoided with some “common-sense alternatives” to reduce waste in agency budgets, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said on Wednesday, the day before a USA Today-Pew Research Center poll showed a majority of Americans backing President Obama’s ...

Pentagon Planners Detail 'Distasteful' Sequestration Furloughs

February 20, 2013 .timerheadline { font: normal normal bold 18px Helvetica, serif; color:#1e6ca9; } Time Until Sequester: Calling it “the most distasteful task” of his four-year tenure, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale on Wednesday outlined the process for furloughing up to 750,000 civilian Defense Department employees should looming across-the-board-budget cuts take effect, hours after ...