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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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Obama regulatory affairs chief wins plaudits for upgraded website

February 22, 2012 Long-in-the-works improvements to the White House-managed website Regulations.gov made public on Tuesday are drawing praise from advocates from both camps in the ongoing debate over how heavily the government should regulate. Cass Sunstein, administrator of the Office of Regulatory and Information Affairs, said in a blog post Tuesday that “Regulations.gov...

Military whistleblower cases at risk of being dismissed prematurely

February 22, 2012 The Pentagon inspector general’s office -- which conducts an ongoing campaign to encourage legitimate whistleblowers to come forward -- could be closing some of its investigations of military reprisal cases prematurely, auditors said in a report released Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office assessment -- a draft version of which was...

Homeland Security headquarters move strained by budget request

February 17, 2012 The Obama administration’s proposal for a modest bump-up in spending on the Homeland Security Department’s headquarters consolidation is unlikely to help planners of the ongoing moves and property improvements get back on schedule, observers say. In his fiscal 2013 budget released Feb. 13, President Obama called for $89 million for...

Obama tells trade agencies to seek efficiencies in promoting exports

February 17, 2012 Again invoking his We Can’t Wait [for Congress] campaign, President Obama on Friday issued a memorandum to instill more effective use of the government’s trade, foreign investment, export and business program functions. Coming on a day when the president is visiting a Boeing Co. plant in Washington state to promote...

Senior executives group opposes STOCK Act disclosure requirements

February 16, 2012 The chief association for career federal executives has come out against portions of legislation aimed at cracking down on insider trading by lawmakers, saying the so-called STOCK Act that has cleared both chambers of Congress would “unnecessarily and detrimentally affect career senior executives.” The STOCK Act seeks to clarify an...

Obama sends up draft bill for reorganization authority

February 16, 2012 As promised, acting budget director Jeffrey Zients on Thursday sent Congress the Obama administration’s proposed legislation to widen its authority to consolidate agencies. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Zients said the “government needs to be leaner, smarter and more consumer-friendly to give our communities, businesses and...

Congress urged to seize opportunity to reorganize government

February 16, 2012 Congress should seek to combine President Obama’s request for government reorganization authority with the current Republican goal of trimming the federal workforce, a panel of senators and outside experts told a House panel on Wednesday. Using the provocative title, “Why Reshuffling Government Agencies Won't Solve the Federal Government's Obesity Problem,"...

New agency performance goals called helpful but incomplete

February 15, 2012 President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget announced that agency leaders, for the first time, had set objectives “in areas where cross-agency coordination or learning, regular review, and designation of a goal leader are expected to accelerate progress.” Sample cross-agency goals ranged from increasing U.S. exports to reducing the cost of clean...

HHS and Justice tout collaboration to combat Medicare fraud

February 14, 2012 Calling the 2010 health care reform law “the most significant anti-health fraud law in American history,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday joined with Attorney General Eric Holder to announce that a record of almost $4.1 billion in taxpayer dollars were recovered in fiscal 2011 from individuals...

Obama would restore recent cuts in IRS budget

February 14, 2012 President Obama’s fiscal 2013 request for the Internal Revenue Service is aimed at restoring funding that Republicans trimmed in 2011 as part of an ongoing political battle over the tax-collecting agency. The administration as part of the Treasury Department budget asked for $12.8 billion, which would be an increase of...