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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 budget seeks savings via management reforms

February 13, 2012 President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget released Monday is being billed as a blueprint that invests in short- and long-term needs through a balanced approach of increased revenues and spending cuts. It also offers “scores of cuts and consolidations,” including more than $7.5 billion in administrative savings. Appearing at Northern Virginia...

Contractor Casualties

February 13, 2012 Among the American deaths in the Afghanistan war in 2011 were 430 employees of American contractors, The New York Times reported on Sunday. That’s more than the 418 U.S. troops who died the same year. The deceased contractors included 386 working for the Defense Department, 43 for the U.S. Agency...

Subsidizing Contractor Retirements?

February 10, 2012 The nonpartisan group Citizens Against Government Waste has gone on the warpath against the practices many agencies use in reimbursing major contractors for the retirement costs of their employees. While most companies in recent decades have switched over from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans, many contractors continue to...

GAO faults Pentagon data measuring insourcing

February 10, 2012 Days before the release of the Obama administration’s fiscal 2013 defense budget, the Pentagon’s three-year effort to move more contractor work in-house drew criticism from auditors for lacking clear and internally consistent data measuring progress. The Government Accountability Office, in an assessment released Thursday and required under the 2011 Defense...

State Department gets mixed review on Keystone pipeline process

February 10, 2012 The State Department energy specialists in the eye of the political storm over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline conducted themselves with objectivity as they communicated with the relevant companies and the Canadian government, State’s inspector general said in a report made public Friday. The IG, however, questioned whether State possesses...

An Ad Blitz to Protect Pay

February 9, 2012 Viewers of the Sunday talk shows this weekend can expect to witness the opening salvo in an ad campaign rushed out during budget season by the American Federation of Government Employees. The 30-second spot to air on ABC and CBS (and again Monday and Tuesday on CNN, Fox and MSNBC)...

IRS settles whistleblower suit, special counsel reports

February 9, 2012 The Internal Revenue Service has reached a settlement with a California-based employee who blew the whistle on mismanagement by a contractor, the Office of Special Counsel announced Wednesday. The case could have an impact on future cases involving the rights of employees to use government email to report problems. Charles...

House passes STOCK Act requiring disclosure by federal employees

February 9, 2012 The House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved its version of the so-called STOCK Act, which aims primarily at curbing insider trading by lawmakers, but also includes a provision to extend disclosure requirements to thousands of federal employees. The measure that will affect federal workers differs slightly from a similar provision in...

Contractors respond warily to Pentagon vow to preserve industrial base

February 8, 2012 Just days before the expected Feb. 13 release of President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget, the Defense Department’s top weapons buyer sought to reassure nervous contractors that the White House will protect vital industries even as it implements major cuts in procurement and personnel spending. Frank Kendall, acting undersecretary of Defense...

Timing the Trump News

February 8, 2012 Tuesday’s announcement that mega-developer Donald Trump is the preferred party to make a go of reviving the half-empty Old Post Office building in Washington may have stepped on the message of some in Congress who’ve long been pushing to accelerate the sale of unneeded federal properties. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif.,...