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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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NOAA takes remedial steps after National Weather Service chief’s departure

May 29, 2012 The sudden retirement on Friday of National Weather Service chief Jack Hayes coincided with a set of remedial actions agency superiors took following the mishandling of appropriated funds. The actions include improved training and oversight of budget execution and better communication with Congress. Hayes, a six-year veteran atop NWS with ...

NLRB member Flynn resigns over leaked information

May 29, 2012 This story was updated after a statement Tuesday from the board. Terrence Flynn, a National Labor Relations Board member who had come under fire for sharing internal documents with a political ally, has submitted his resignation, NLRB said in a statement. NLRB Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce told staff the news ...

Senate clears procurement chief and top defense acquisition officer

May 29, 2012 Two key Obama administration nominees have won Senate confirmation -- Joseph Jordan to be administrator of the White House Office of Federal Procurement Policy, and Frank Kendall III as Defense undersecretary for acquisitions, logistics and technology. Both were cleared without objection Thursday. Jordan, who had been serving the Office of ...

Biden gets personal comforting families of fallen warriors

May 25, 2012 Vice President Joe Biden on Friday used Memorial Day weekend as an occasion to offer highly personalized comfort to an organization of survivors of U.S. military service casualties, recounting in detail his own struggle following the 1972 deaths of his first wife and daughter in an auto accident. Speaking to ...

Planner of lavish Las Vegas conference is out at GSA

May 24, 2012 Jeffrey Neely, the controversial regional commissioner for the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service who was the force behind the $820,000 training conference held in Las Vegas in 2010, has left government service. “GSA is in the process of completing its review of activities associated with the Western Regions Conference ...

More details emerge on GSA executive bonuses

May 23, 2012 News media inquiries have ferreted out more details on performance awards given to General Services Administration executives at a time when top GSA leaders already were aware of what would become an explosive inspector general’s report on lavish spending at a 2010 training conference in Las Vegas. WUSA-TV, a Washington ...

DARPA settles in at new ultra-secure headquarters

May 23, 2012 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on Tuesday marked the opening of its new headquarters complex, a couple of blocks from its previous location in Arlington, Va. DARPA acting Director Kaigham (Ken) J. Gabriel held a ceremony at the secretive complex that was attended by Arlington County officials and Rep. ...

The Washington Bubble

May 22, 2012 The nation’s capital has long been known as recession-proof. But conservative writer Andrew Ferguson goes a bit further with the charge that Washingtonians live in a “bubble" in a piece in the May 28 issue of Time magazine (subscription required). “The new affluence flooding the nation’s capital sets it a ...

Health care law’s innovations taking hold, panelists say

May 22, 2012 Despite uncertainty about the coming U.S. Supreme Court decision on its constitutionality, the 2010 health care reform law already has triggered a long-term transformation in the way U.S. health care is delivered and paid for, a panel of specialists said Tuesday. “There’s a spirit out there in the country, and ...

Agencies told to assume the worst in budget requests

May 22, 2012 The Obama administration still holds out hope of avoiding the across-the-board budget cuts required under the 2011 Budget Control Act, but it is nonetheless instructing federal agencies to begin preparing their fiscal 2014 budget requests assuming a 5 percent cut in discretionary spending. Acting Budget Director Jeffrey Zients in a ...