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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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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 ...

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 ...