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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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Individual contractors sue over right to make campaign gifts

October 19, 2011 Three individual awardees of federal contacts filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of a 1972 law that makes it a crime for such contractors to give campaign donations to candidates in any federal election. The plaintiffs -- two contractors for the U.S. Agency for International Development and one for...

IG council honors star performers

October 18, 2011 Inspectors general from across government were honored Tuesday in Washington, where Attorney General Eric Holder praised them for their sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars in times of "unprecedented budget restraints and in the face of once-in-a-generation economic challenges." They have responded "not with frustration, but with resolve," he said. At...

Canceled benefit renews political fight over health care law

October 17, 2011 The Health and Human Services Department's Oct. 14 announcement that it is abandoning health care reform's ambitious long-term care benefit is being interpreted by critics and supporters of the 2010 law along predictable lines. The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program, known as CLASS and a legacy of the...

Backing a Whistleblower at SEC

October 11, 2011 The internal whistleblower who reported a questionable policy on document destruction at the Securities and Exchange Commission will be vindicated by the SEC inspector general, according to inside sources quoted by The Wall Street Journal in the paper's weekend edition. Longtime SEC enforcement division employee Darcy Flynn had gone public...

White House council backs regulatory streamlining

October 11, 2011 The Obama administration's team of private-sector advisers on job creation recommended new infrastructure spending and streamlining of regulations in a report released on Tuesday at a meeting with President Obama in Pittsburgh. The President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, launched last January and made up of 27 executives mostly from...

Nuclear crises renew regulator's relevance

October 7, 2011 At a dinner in Washington celebrating his mother's birthday on March 26, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko received an urgent phone call: The nuclear crisis besetting Japan required him to be at Dulles International Airport in two hours to fly across the Pacific Ocean. Jaczko proceeded to work for...

Consumer bureau nomination remains divisive

October 7, 2011 A Senate panel's Oct. 6 approval of Richard Cordray's nomination for promotion to full-time director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has energized consumer activist organizations, but minority Republicans who for months have vowed to block any nominee show no signs of letting up. By a 12-10 party-line vote, Democrats...

Different Agency, Different Rules

October 6, 2011 Through the years, a few employees at the State Department and the Internal Revenue Service have sunk into legal trouble for violating citizens' privacy -- poking into passport application files or tax returns from celebrities, for example. Such issues play out differently at the National Archives and Records Administration, which...

Agencies can improve suspension and debarment process, says GAO

October 6, 2011 Too many federal agencies are insufficiently protecting against contractor fraud or incompetence by using the suspension and debarment process, the Government Accountability Office reported Thursday. Agencies with records of scant use of the practice should beef up dedicated staff and commit to greater use of the interagency committee designed for...

Army Corps bribery arrests praised by lawmakers

October 5, 2011 The Justice Department's indictment -- announced this week -- of four alleged conspirators charged with bribery and kickbacks under two contracts with the Army Corps of Engineers was praised by members of Congress, but the development could renew scrutiny of subcontractors and preferences for Alaska native corporations. Four Northern Virginia...