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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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Biden, GOP announce spending watchdog plans

June 13, 2011 Vice President Joe Biden on Monday announced the launch of a governmentwide campaign to cut government waste, including the creation of an oversight board modeled on the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which used a website to track federal stimulus money. The head of the new board will be former...

All agencies looped into Campaign to Cut Government Waste

June 13, 2011 Vice President Biden on Monday announced the launch of a Campaign to Cut Government Waste, creating an oversight board modeled on the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which used a central website to track federal stimulus money. The head of the new board will be former Interior Department Inspector General...

Senate panelists debate independence of proposed board to sell property

June 10, 2011 "You have dead-stopped every federal property movement in the past 13 years," Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., told advocate for the homeless Maria Foscarinis during a Senate hearing Thursday. "We have a bureaucracy that says we can't get rid of real property." The charge, that Title 5 of the 1987 McKinney-Vento...

IRS commissioner warns against cutting his budget

June 9, 2011 Proposed cuts of $2 billion to the Internal Revenue Service contained in the Republican House-passed fiscal 2012 budget resolution would "increase the deficit by deceasing revenue, and could have an impact on long-term compliance," IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told a Senate panel Wednesday. "In this time of fiscal austerity and...

Obama government reorganization plan nearing release

June 8, 2011 The proposed first steps in the Obama administration's plans for removing duplication in government are on schedule for presentation to the president this month, according to Federal Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients. Zients told a gathering last week at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service that preparations for Phase 1...

Pentagon management chiefs pursue ‘cross-functionality’

June 7, 2011 Integrating and modernizing the Defense Department's mammoth business operations requires "collaboration and conversation across organizations in which everyone has equity," the department's deputy chief management officer said Tuesday. On the eve of her first anniversary in a job created in 2008, Beth McGrath spoke on topics such as electronic health...

Grassley gives failing marks to Pentagon inspector general

June 7, 2011 Self-described government waste watchdog Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, blasted the work of the Defense Department's chief auditor in a report card that gives the inspector general a D-minus on a "junkyard dog" index. The report, dated June 1 but released Monday, summarizes Grassley's staff's reviews of 113 unclassified Defense IG...

Report: Contractor waste in war zones could grow

June 6, 2011 As President Obama nears his decision on reducing U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan, a new report warns of prospects for massive new waste in contractor projects in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Newly built power plants that sit idle, water treatment plants that produce nonpotable water and facilities constructed for security...

Republicans challenge Obama guidance on labor agreements in contracts

June 3, 2011 The Obama administration's policy of giving agencies the option of awarding preferences to unionized contractors on major federal projects drew fire on Friday during a House Republican-led hearing on "restoring competition and neutrality to government construction projects." The session also produced partisan fireworks on procedures for determining committee witness lists....

Departing Commerce secretary laments government's 'aversion to failure'

June 2, 2011 Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, in a valedictory address of sorts, spoke of a need for clear metrics in program evaluation and called for federal managers to overcome "an aversion to failure and risk," speaking Thursday at an event sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service. Locke, who has been tapped...