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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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House defense bill’s contracting provision irks White House

May 21, 2012 This story has been updated. In threatening a veto of the Defense authorization bill the House passed on Friday, the White House mentioned a host of budgetary reasons, but it also cited a little noticed provision on agency contracting to small businesses. The fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act faces ...

Agencies asked to beef up ‘evidence-based’ budgeting

May 21, 2012 Acting budget director Jeffrey Zients has tasked all agency heads with incorporating greater evidence and more rigorous performance evaluation in their fiscal 2014 budget requests, saying that in tight budget times proposals are more likely to win presidential approval if they link evidence to program outcomes. “Where evidence is strong, ...

Obama procurement chief nominee clears Senate panel

May 16, 2012 The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved President Obama’s choice to be administrator of the White House Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Committee members present for the vote unanimously approved Joseph Jordan, a current Office of Management and Budget adviser. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who weighed ...

White House ‘Footnotes’ to History

May 16, 2012 It’s a fact of Washington life that current occupants of the White House get to control its website. But after the Obama team on Monday touched up some past presidential bios with current-day “footnotes,” Republicans cried foul. As noticed first by the Heritage Foundation (and then picked up by Commentary ...

Agriculture showcases recent successes to mark its 150th birthday

May 15, 2012 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack may have been slightly upstaged by the mock-competitive banter of MSNBC Morning Joe stars Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough as they led nearly 1,000 Agriculture Department employees in a ceremony on Tuesday marking the 150th anniversary of USDA’s creation. The TV stars performed gratis following Vilsack’s ...

Justice responds to charges of inaction prosecuting Wall Street

May 14, 2012 The Justice Department has been pressured for much of President Obama’s tenure to more aggressively prosecute Wall Street executives for crimes that helped create the 2008 financial crisis. So after two major publications in May unveiled findings of historically low numbers of prosecutions in the field as well as an ...

Senators barrage GSA with new questions on conference scandal

May 14, 2012 Leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Monday asked the acting chief of the scandal-tarnished General Services Administration to review the agency’s conference spending and travel, and posed 41 detailed, multipart questions on lavish spending on the ill-fated training conference held in Las Vegas in October ...

State Department denies negative report on Iraq police training

May 14, 2012 The State Department has rebutted a New York Times report that a six-month-old program to train Iraqi police in the still violent country may be canceled due to a lack cooperation from the government of Iraq. The Times story, published on the front page of the Sunday paper, quoted diplomats ...

OMB instructs agencies to further cut travel and conferences

May 11, 2012 Acting Budget Director Jeffrey Zients on Friday instructed all agency heads to step up efforts to economize through more selective employee travel and conference planning, as well as through improved management of vehicle fleets and disposal of unneeded federal properties. In a memo, Zients directed agencies to build on cost-containment ...

IG vacancies hearing devolves into political maneuvering

May 11, 2012 The fact that 10 of the government’s 73 inspector general positions are vacant -- some for as long as three years -- was the agreed-upon subject for a Thursday House hearing. But what unfolded was a series of short debates over who gets credit for uncovering waste and whether IGs ...