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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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White House recasts CBO score of ‘cliff’ deal

January 2, 2013 Precisely as the House began voting Tuesday night on the short-term rescue from the fiscal cliff, the White House published its own perspective on the legislation’s long-term budgetary impact -- countering a more dire-seeming analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. The morning after the Senate’s Monday night vote on a ...

Sequestration, once unimaginable, draws near

December 30, 2012 Barring a last-minute broadening of their legislative ambitions, congressional leaders struggling toward a minimalist deal on the fiscal cliff appear poised to allow the dreaded tool of sequestration to chop agency budgets when federal workers return from the holidays on Jan. 2. Many long assumed it would never happen. The ...

SAVE Award winner announced

December 21, 2012 The 2012 SAVE award is going to Education Department program officer Frederick Winter, acting Budget Director Jeffrey Zients announced Friday. Winter proposed that federal employees who use public transit benefits switch from Metro’s regular fares to the reduced senior citizen fare immediately after they become eligible. In the Washington area, ...

Defense bill’s contractor provisions please advocates of all stripes

December 21, 2012 The mammoth fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill now headed to President Obama’s desk contains an array of contractor-related provisions that are lifting the holiday spirits of various small- business advocates. They ranged from postponement of new caps on reimbursement of contractor executive pay, to new set-asides for women-owned small businesses, ...

Obama names two to Federal Labor Relations Authority

December 21, 2012 President Obama has nominated for new terms two members of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the independent body set up in 1978 to promote stable labor-management relations in government and to review charges of unfair practices. Designated to chair the authority is Carol Waller Pope, a member of the body ...

Ye Olde Statistical Abstract

December 21, 2012 “America’s Databook is Back!....Just in Time for the Holidays.” So proclaims promotional copy for the 134-year-old Statistical Abstract of the United States, which until last year was published by the Census Bureau and sold through the Government Printing Office. The “snapshot” of social, political and economic conditions of the nation ...

GSA reimagines federal building cluster near National Mall

December 20, 2012 A cluster of outdated agency buildings and underdeveloped space just south of the National Mall represents “a once-in-several-lifetimes opportunity to reimagine this part of Washington, D.C,” the acting General Services Administration chief told a crowd of local contractors and developers on Thursday. In soliciting proposals for public-private partnerships, Dan Tangherlini ...

Defense auditors’ focus on riskiest contracts lacks plan, GAO finds

December 20, 2012 The controversial move by the Defense Contract Audit Agency to more selectively perform incurred costs audits lacks an implementation plan, a time frame and performance metrics, according to a Government Accountability Office report. Three years ago, DCAA’s newly installed Patrick Fitzgerald began refocusing resources and revamping audit procedures and training ...

Fiscal cliff stalemate puts 2014 budget submissions in limbo

December 20, 2012 In an ordinary year, federal agencies preparing their final budget submission for next year would have received the guidance known as “passbacks” from the Office of Management and Budget by now. But the current fiscal cliff drama has left planners of fiscal 2014 budgets with a double dose of uncertainty. ...

Clinton revamped embassy security ahead of scathing Benghazi report

December 19, 2012 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton anticipated many of the recommendations for improving embassy security contained in the report she assigned to an outside panel diagnosing what went wrong during September’s attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. On Tuesday, on the heels of the release of an unclassified version ...