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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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When the FBI Protected a Beatle

December 9, 2011 As part of its openness policy, the FBI this month showcased its new electronic reading room, known as The Vault, by highlighting recent release of 1970s-era documents the bureau kept on the world-famous musician John Lennon, who at the time was living in New York City. In their surveillance, the...

Plan to relocate FBI headquarters advances

December 9, 2011 Consensus is building on a long-discussed plan to move the FBI's headquarters out of the nearly four-decade-old J. Edgar Hoover building in Washington. On Thursday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted unanimously for a resolution to direct the General Services Administration to pursue signing a lease in the...

Obama open government project critiqued by transparency groups

December 8, 2011 Two years after President Obama issued his open government directive, his administration is highlighting agency accomplishments while transparency advocates propose improvements. The Dec. 8, 2009, directive gave agencies deadlines of just months for ensuring disclosure of government information is the default stance, instilling greater citizen input in policymaking, and encouraging...

Labor Department asks contractors to step up hiring of disabled workers

December 8, 2011 The Labor Department on Friday will propose requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to increase their hiring of employees with disabilities, mandating a specific goal of 7 percent. "This proposed rule represents one of the most significant advances in protecting the civil rights of workers with disabilities since the passage of...

Back Where We Started?

December 7, 2011 The reasoning behind the post-9/11 decision to move thousands of federal national security employees out of offices in close-in Washington suburbs was that their buildings were too vulnerable to terrorist truck bombs. Now comes a new fear -- examined in today's New York Times business section -- that the move...

Pentagon moves against conversion of in-house work to contractors

December 7, 2011 The Defense Department early this month reminded its personnel managers of the ban under current law on converting work recently performed in-house into service work for contractors. The memorandum from acting Defense Undersecretary Jo Ann Rooney comes as some in Congress want to apply the ban governmentwide. "As the department...

House passes third regulatory reform bill under veto threat

December 7, 2011 The House on Wednesday passed the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which would require a joint resolution of Congress to allow significant executive branch regulation to take effect. The 241-184 vote a day after President Obama threatened a veto. It is the third major regulatory...

Senator would expand whistleblower protections to contractors

December 6, 2011 Declaring that contractor employees now outnumber federal workers, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Tuesday sought to marshal arguments for "cleaning up the patchwork" of whistleblower-related laws and advancing a bill (S 241) to extend whistleblower protections to employees working under federal contracts. "Whistleblowers make a difference time and again," said...

White House pushes to confirm chief of consumer bureau

December 5, 2011 The Obama administration is pulling out all the stops before a Senate vote expected Thursday on the long-stalled nomination of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The push includes a report released Sunday by the National Economic Council and a series of media interviews in home states...

Dispute on the Shores of Tripoli

December 2, 2011 Among the many ramifications of the change in government in Libya is a newly opened fissure in the military community over an important historical legacy. As detailed in Friday's Washington Post, a movement of veterans, descendants and lawmakers is seeking to bring home the two-century-plus-old remains of 13 U.S. sailors...