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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charles S. 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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No leeway on contractor campaign gifts

April 20, 2012 A district judge’s rejection of a request by three federal contract employees to temporarily relax a long-standing ban on contractor campaign contributions likely prolongs the uncertainty on the issue during the first full election cycle since the Supreme Court’s landmark 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling on corporations...

Amid scandal and shrinking budgets, senator asks if GSA can get its work done

April 18, 2012 As the General Services Administration struggles to recover from the scandal over a lavish training conference, it also faces a shrinking administrative and buildings budget and some politically tough policy decisions, a senator said Wednesday at the fourth in a series of GSA hearings this week. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.,...

Senior executives reopen debate over STOCK Act

April 18, 2012 Two weeks after President Obama signed the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, leaders of the Senior Executives Association have written congressional oversight leaders requesting repeal of two provisions requiring federal employees to disclose financial information, calling them “burdensome, complex and, most important, unnecessarily invasive of personal privacy.” At least...

Transparency or 'fishing'? Demand for agency conference data questioned

April 17, 2012 A far-reaching document request to 23 agencies sent on April 10 by House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., may be an expensive burden on agencies for a mere “fishing expedition,” observers told Government Executive. As he prepared for this week’s hearings on the General Services Administration’s $820,000...

Las Vegas conference billed as the exception to the rule

April 17, 2012 Robert Peck, the cashiered commissioner of the Public Buildings Service at the heart of the scandal over lavish conference spending by the General Services Administration, said Tuesday that he is “deeply troubled and disappointed by the excessive and inappropriate costs” of the October 2010 event in Las Vegas. Peck called...

GSA leaders apologize for spending at Las Vegas conference

April 16, 2012 Jeff Neely, the federal executive at the center of the overspending scandal at the General Services Administration, invoked his Fifth Amendment rights before a congressional panel on Monday while former GSA Administrator Martha Johnson struggled to explain why Neely was given a $9,000 bonus before being placed on administrative leave....

Pentagon defends approach to tax-delinquent contractors

April 16, 2012 The Defense Department’s current procedures for deciding whether to crack down on contractors that owe back taxes is working as intended, Frank Kendall, acting Defense undersecretary for acquisitions, logistics and technology, said in a newly released response to inquiries from lawmakers. Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., wrote...

Blast From a Past TSA Chief

April 16, 2012 Kip Hawley, who headed the not-always-beloved Transportation Security Administration from 2005 to 2009, took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal this weekend to air a flurry of recommendations on how to fix the nation’s “broken” airport security. “More than a decade after 9/11, it is a national embarrassment...

Report: IG has referred GSA scandal to Justice Department

April 13, 2012 Brian Miller, the General Services Administration's inspector general, has referred aspects of the expanding scandal over GSA’s wasteful conference spending to the Justice Department for possible criminal charges, Federal Times reports in an exclusive. The publication cited a congressional source familiar with the investigation. A Justice Department spokeswoman reached by...

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau draws ire from allies

April 13, 2012 Accustomed to attacks from congressional Republicans who opposed its creation, the Consumer Financial Protection now finds itself at odds with some in the consumer advocacy community over a new rule on credit card fees. On Thursday, CFPB requested public comment on a proposed rule regarding fees credit card issuers could...