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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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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...

Obama orders upgrades to energy efficiency of federal buildings

December 2, 2011 President Obama on Friday issued a presidential memorandum implementing a $2 billion plan to upgrade federal buildings for energy efficiency. The move follows the administration's earlier jobs push and Obama's more recent efforts to draw attention to the jobs bills stalled in Congress. "Upgrading the energy efficiency of America's buildings...

Senate-passed Defense bill would cap contractor pay

December 2, 2011 The 2012 Defense authorization bill, which the Senate passed Thursday night in a 93-7 vote, includes an amendment to cap the amount that defense contractors can be reimbursed for any employee's salary at $400,000. Such a cap is opposed by many in the contractor community, and the Obama administration has...

House-passed regulatory reforms face uphill battle

December 2, 2011 The Republican-controlled House made good on promises by passing two far-reaching regulatory reform bills long sought by many in industry, though the White House has vowed to veto both bills. On Friday, the House voted 253-167 for the Regulatory Accountability Act (H.R. 3010), a major reworking of the 1946 Administrative...

Trial By Fire

December 1, 2011 The National Labor Relations Board strives to remain neutral while adjudicating cases in a political pressure cooker. The work is not always pleasant at a so-called rogue agency. Ask any of the 1,600 employees at the National Labor Relations Board, where life has not been the same since the agency...

Contracting officers must be willing to take risks, panel says

December 1, 2011 Smart contracting in a time of tight budgets requires a trained agency acquisition workforce that is willing to take reasonable risks to achieve innovation, federal procurement specialists said in Washington on Thursday. In a discussion headlined "Innovation in a Budget-Constrained Environment," the Congressional Smart Contracting Caucus, co-chaired by Reps. Rob...

Agencies improve management through analytics, report says

November 30, 2011 Federal agency managers are demonstrating measurable improvements in programs by integrating data-based analytics in decision making, according to a study released Wednesday by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and the IBM Center for the Business of Government. The study, "From Data to Decisions: The Power of Analytics," reviews managers'...

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...