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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President’s Data Boosters Push Management Agenda

November 13, 2014 Strategic sourcing and the embedding of data-driven decisions within agencies are proceeding apace under President Obama’s management agenda, the effort’s impresarios said on Thursday. As the host agency for the gathering of program benchmarking data, the General Services Administration is working to make the multi-agency “enterprise a single powerful entity”...

Congress, White House Unite to Kill Useless Reports

November 13, 2014 The House on Wednesday put the final touches on a widely embraced bill to eliminate or modify 53 useless or outdated agency reports, an effort backed by the White House as a cost-savings measure. The vote tally of 382-0 was evidence that the only area of disagreement between Republicans and...

One Way Officials Can Dodge a Question

November 13, 2014 Top federal officials who speak in public usually feel some obligation to submit to tough questions from the press—or from anyone in an audience who manages to get to the microphone. But retired federal officials may be a different story. Just ask Ray McGovern, a long-time CIA analyst and active...

Small Businesses Might Not be Getting a Say in Rules That Affect Them

November 12, 2014 At least three major regulatory agencies are allowing lawyers, lobbyists and trade groups representing big firms inordinate influence over a process designed to let small businesses review rules that might affect them, according to a study released Wednesday by the nonprofit Center for Effective Government (formerly OMBWatch). The study, titled...

SBA Takes Flak Over Revising Company Size Standards

November 12, 2014 The Small Business Administration’s bid to modernize its classifications of companies eligible for contracts and loans has drawn venom from a powerful House committee chairman and some in the information technology industry. A proposed rule to revise employee-based size standards is “arbitrary and capricious” and “irrational,” Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo.,...

Seven Ex-Census Chiefs Warn Against Budget Cuts

November 11, 2014 With Congress gearing up for a December lame-duck session to finalize fiscal 2015 spending, seven former Census directors have written appropriations chiefs warning that the quality and cost-effectiveness of the 2020 count depends on “ramping up” funding now. The bureau is running out of time to select a census design,...

Around Government

November 11, 2014 The Disease Detectives CDC’s intelligence officers were on the case even before the Ebola outbreak made headlines. By Susan Fourney Imagine having a job and not knowing where your next commute will take you or what will be expected of you when you get there, and if the work doesn’t...

Pentagon Told to Improve Management of Cost-Plus Contracts

November 10, 2014 Pentagon contracting officers failed to follow a key interim Federal Acquisition Regulation rule on managing cost-reimbursement contracts, risking overspending on 411 contracts worth $31.7 billion, an audit found. The Defense Department inspector general’s office visited dozens of sights to review 604 contracts valued at about $82.7 billion collectively, and determined...

Sen. Johnson Speaks on Aligning Public-Private Sector Pay, Keeping Hearings Polite

November 10, 2014 The presumptive incoming chairman of the Senate’s main government oversight panel plans a “businessman’s approach” to policy and management that includes streamlining the Homeland Security Department, aligning federal pay with the private sector and new coordination with House Republicans in rolling back burdensome regulations. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., in an...

Homeland Security Fusion Center Grant Money Not Always Tracked, GAO Finds

November 7, 2014 At a time when domestic terrorism, natural disasters and general crime require a coordinated multi-agency response, the regional fusion centers established under the Homeland Security Department continue bumping into obstacles to accurately tracking grant money awarded to diverse organizations nationwide, a watchdog found. Though the department’s Federal Emergency Management Agency...

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