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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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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 ...

GSA bonuses prompt senator to ask broader questions

June 4, 2012 Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Monday released the results of an inquiry showing that the scandal-tarnished General Services Administration paid more than $1 million in bonuses in recent years to employees under investigation by the agency’s inspector general. The findings prompted McCaskill to demand a governmentwide examination of the use ...

The Optics of a $15 Million CIA Gym

June 4, 2012 A potential boondoggle in these times of austerity was apparently headed off at the Central Intelligence recently, according to Sunday’s Washington Post column by David Ignatius. In a look-back on how Gen. David Petraeus is settling into the top job out in Langley, the columnist mentions that the former commander ...

Budget austerity gives financial managers a chance to shine

June 1, 2012 Defense Department leaders preparing for historic budget cuts should tap the expertise of their financial management executives, who see the current challenges as their moment to “step up to the plate and shine,” stated a new survey conducted by the American Society of Military Comptrollers and Grant Thornton LLP. The ...

OMB should involve more agencies in priority goals, auditors say

June 1, 2012 The Obama administration’s pursuit of 14 crossagency “priority goals” could be broadened to rope in additional agencies, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report. “If the federal government does not leverage all relevant parties, important opportunities for achieving these goals may be missed,” the auditors said. As required ...

Armed For Audits

June 1, 2012 For want of an invoice, the battle was lost. The battle in this case is the Pentagon’s long-term quest for auditable books. But no one is giving up the fight. The congressional deadline for overhauling military accounts is 2017, and Defense Department leaders aim to achieve it three years earlier. ...

Senate accelerating confirmation for Nuclear Regulatory Commission nominee

May 31, 2012 President Obama’s nominee to head the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is nearing quick Senate consideration, according to legislators from both parties. A hearing on troubles at NRC scheduled for Thursday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee was postponed, and Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said in a statement, in light of ...

OMB touts progress on reducing federal property footprint

May 31, 2012 The White House on Thursday announced new progress in the Obama administration’s effort to save money by consolidating and selling off unneeded federal real estate. Through the first quarter of fiscal 2012, agencies saved $5.6 billion in property costs and were “on track” to exceed President Obama’s goal of saving ...

Romney v. the 'Bureaucrats'

May 31, 2012 Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney ran into some microphone trouble at a campaign stop in Colorado on Tuesday. He promptly used the opportunity for a jab at his fall opponent at the expense of the image of federal workers. “I think the Obama administration worked on it,” Romney joked ...

Pentagon’s No. 2 leader criticizes lawmakers’ add-backs to Defense bill

May 30, 2012 Stressing the need for a strategy-driven approach to trim Defense Department spending, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter on Wednesday cautioned Congress that “every dollar spent on bold, unnecessary programs is a dollar we lose for necessary programs.” Recent steps by the armed services committees to restore certain cuts the ...