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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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Lawmaker pushes to boost contractor work

January 31, 2012 House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves, R-Mo., on Tuesday introduced legislation to encourage a higher percentage of federal contracts to go to small business, along with a separate bill to elevate agency Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. Graves’ GET Small Business Contracting Act would raise the small...

Regular Regulatory Habits

January 31, 2012 Cass Sunstein, administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, has never been shy about showcasing the administration's regulatory accomplishments. On Monday, he went a step further, writing in a blog post that the effort, ordered by President Obama a year ago, to "look back at existing...

Homeland security and economic growth are linked, Napolitano says

January 30, 2012 The Homeland Security Department is transforming its approach to security and trade, seeking the “sweet spot” between protecting people and “supporting the economic engine that makes America great,” DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday. In her second annual State of America’s Homeland Security address -- televised from the National Press...

What Does BRAC Stand For?

January 30, 2012 Sharp-eyed followers of the current debate over defense cuts might notice an oddity in language. What is officially called the Defense Base Closure and Realignment process takes the acronym BRAC -- even officially -- which logically would stand for Base Realignment and Closure, reversing the priorities and, one guesses, making...

Congress not warming to proposed new base-closing commission

January 27, 2012 Since its inception in 1988, the Base Closure and Realignment Commission has aimed to get around what are viewed as parochial interests in Congress that seek to protect hometown economies from Pentagon efforts to save money by shutting down domestic facilities. But within hours of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s Thursday...

Recovery Act spurs risk management lessons at Energy

January 27, 2012 The Energy Department’s “intensive ramp-up” to spend Recovery Act dollars holds a teachable moment in management, according to its inspector general, whose recent review included the loan guarantee program that drew controversy when one of its beneficiaries, solar firm Solyndra, went bankrupt. In a recent report on best practices and...

GAO Tastes Its Own Medicine

January 27, 2012 It would be wrong for an agency to pass judgment on the performance of others without willingness to subject itself to the same standards. So perhaps the Government Accountability Office should be applauded for releasing on Thursday its Performance and Accountability report. "In fiscal year 2011," GAO analysts wrote, "we...

Administration to request new round of base closures

January 26, 2012 The Obama administration will ask Congress to reauthorize the Base Closure and Realignment Commission to make new recommendations for shutting down military facilities nationwide “as soon as possible,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday. The Pentagon is still in the process of implementing some proposals from BRAC, last convened in...

Budget preview hits Defense contractors on weapons and management

January 26, 2012 This story has been updated. Defense budget cuts previewed Thursday would affect contractors in two ways: in the coming alterations to major weapons systems and the intensified search for greater efficiencies in Pentagon management. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta planned to retire aging C5A and C130 transport aircraft while preserving adequate...

HHS Works Below Political Radar

January 26, 2012 Conspicuous by its absence in President Obama's reelection campaign is a loud defense of the controversial Affordable Care Act, which many Republicans want to repeal and is up for review by the Supreme Court. But the Health and Human Services Department has been anything but silent on promoting the impact...