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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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Justice’s grant to ACORN-related group misused, says watchdog

November 30, 2011 A New York City community organizing group that received a Justice Department grant to teach students leadership skills failed to follow requirements for documenting its spending, according to a report the Justice inspector general's office released Wednesday. The $138,130 grant awarded in 2005 to the New York Agency for Community...

Perry’s jab at federal workers draws rebuttal

November 30, 2011 Texas Gov. Rick Perry punctuated a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Tuesday with a blast at federal employees he envisions thwarting state efforts to gain greater control over federal dollars. "If you have Health and Human Service[s] bureaucrats who try to block our being able to block-grant dollars back...

Defunct Agency Still Missed

November 29, 2011 Newt Gingrich's rise in the presidential polling has prompted at least one commentator to join an old chorus bemoaning the loss 15 years ago of an agency once revered on Capitol Hill. The Office of Technology Assessment from 1972 to 1995 provided Congress with nonpartisan scientific studies of the impact...

HHS rolls out new grants for state health care exchanges

November 29, 2011 Continuing its push to help states establish the health insurance exchanges under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the Health and Human Services Department on Tuesday announced 13 new grant awards totaling $220 million. The department is providing cash and administrative guidance to encourage states to prepare exchanges to be operational...

Navy’s amphibious fleet could fall short of goals, CBO says

November 28, 2011 The Navy's hopes to grow its fleet of amphibious ships are apt to go unfulfilled during much of the next 30 years, according to a recent Congressional Budget Office report. The nonpartisan analysis does not factor in the new likelihood of further Pentagon budget cuts. The Navy currently deploys 29...

Interior’s planned bureau merger irks lawmakers, industry

November 23, 2011 The Interior Department's decision to seek new efficiency by moving its Office of Surface Mining into the Bureau of Land Management has drawn largely negative reviews from Senate overseers and many in the natural resources industries. On Oct. 26, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued an order to shift operations from...

House gears up for votes on far-reaching regulatory reforms

November 22, 2011 The House is expected after Thanksgiving to take a series of votes on bills to revamp the federal regulatory process, raising expectations among pro-deregulation business groups as well as dire warnings from consumer and environmental advocates. On Nov. 3, the House Judiciary Committee approved the Regulatory Accountability Act (H.R. 3010),...

OMB highlights report card of clean audits

November 21, 2011 For the first time in two decades, independent auditors said financial books were in order at 23 of 24 applicable federal agencies, the Office of Management and Budget announced Friday. The Pentagon is now the only department whose finances continued to warrant a disclaimer, while the State and Homeland Security...

OMB performance specialist demands 'more mission for the money'

November 18, 2011 Agencies must "get a little competitive to find ways to deliver more for less" and give the taxpayer "more mission for the money," the Obama administration's performance-driven management specialist told an audience of federal employees Thursday. President Obama "believes strongly that government makes a difference," said Shelley Metzenbaum, associate director...

Senators propose new cap on contractor pay

November 18, 2011 As the Senate nears consideration of the Defense authorization bill, three senators have added a new wrinkle to the ongoing debate over the level of contractor executive compensation that should be reimbursed with taxpayer dollars. On Thursday, Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; and Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., introduced an...