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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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Report recommends merging or streamlining two financial regulatory agencies

November 16, 2012 More than two years after passage of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, House investigators have faulted two key regulatory agencies for poor coordination in monitoring the ill-fated investments of New Jersey-based MF Global, the bankrupt firm once headed by former Democratic Sen. and Gov. Jon Corzine. The House Financial Services ...

Two studies outline 'responsible' defense cuts

November 15, 2012 Regardless of what happens in the current talks over avoiding the fiscal cliff, the defense budget ought to be in for a drawdown during the next decade, according to two new studies. “The country is ready and there’s broad agreement that we’re overcommitted and should reduce the budget going forward ...

Drop commissaries, schools, beef jerky research and Klingon workshops

November 15, 2012 Scolding fellow Republicans for casting a blind eye on Defense Department waste, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., on Thursday released a scathing report proposing elimination of long-standing benefits and services that he considers peripheral to the Pentagon’s mission. Defense spending could be trimmed by $68 billion in 10 years if the ...

Indecision on fiscal cliff tax provisions leaves IRS in limbo

November 14, 2012 In a bid to protect his workforce as well as taxpayers, acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Steven T. Miller on Tuesday warned two key lawmakers of “serious repercussions” of a failure by Congress and the president to extend key expiring tax provisions such as the alternative minimum tax before year’s ...

Obama seeks Romney's help on government reform

November 14, 2012 President Obama at his postelection press conference on Wednesday reiterated his desire to meet with defeated Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney -- in ways, it turns out, that touch directly on federal management. In answer to a question, Obama praised Romney’s experience rescuing the 2002 winter Olympics in Salt Lake ...

Whistleblower protection act heads to president’s desk

November 14, 2012 In one of its first acts in the lame-duck session, the Senate on Tuesday approved the years-in-the-making Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, which has drawn praise from both parties and from good-government groups. The bill cleared the House in September. Sponsored originally by retiring Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, the legislation offers ...

Pentagon acquisition chief focuses on workforce amid budget challenges

November 14, 2012 Improving and recognizing excellence in the Defense Department’s acquisition workforce are key to successful implementation of a new and expanded version of the Better Buying Power plan for government and industry, top Pentagon officials announced Tuesday. In releasing a preliminary, 2.0 version of the contracting efficiency effort first unveiled in ...

Energy contractors at nuke sites found to have conflict of interest

November 12, 2012 Energy Department contractors working to decontaminate two moribund nuclear weapons sites hold financial ties that amount to a conflict of interest, an inspector general’s report found. Prime contractors at plants in Piketon, Ohio, and Oak Ridge, Tenn., are “unable to render impartial assistance or advice to the government” and otherwise ...

Consolidate paperwork for presidential appointees, White House group urges

November 12, 2012 Consolidating presidential nominee paperwork topped recommendations of a White House working group that is calling for the creation of a new so-called smart form for appointees. The White House and federal agencies could have nominees fill out the electronic core questionnaire, which also would allow Senate panels to add customized ...

Agencies urged to improve relations with states and localities

November 9, 2012 A second Obama administration should reopen frayed communication lines with state and local governments, better institutionalize performance management, and formalize an elite cadre of career employees to tackle large-scale public projects, a team of academics and agency veterans recommended. The government’s ongoing response to Superstorm Sandy is an example of ...