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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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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...

Senators consider British approach to regulatory review

November 17, 2011 The British government's success with tools for weeding out obsolete or burdensome regulations could provide a model for the current U.S. bipartisan push for regulatory reform, according to testimony given Wednesday to the Senate Budget Committee's special task force on government performance. But differences in political cultures could limit the...

Lawmakers, OMB push to ban more 'bad-actor' contractors

November 16, 2011 Procedures for disqualifying dishonest or incompetent federal contractors are too rarely exploited, according to a consensus of several senators, the White House and cross-agency watchdogs. But there is disagreement over whether the solution is improving application of the rules or whether Congress should make some suspensions and debarments mandatory. At...

A 19th-Century Fed Gets His Due

November 15, 2011 A little-known federal functionary from the War of 1812 was honored on Tuesday morning at the unlikely site of a creekside path near the Chain Bridge, which connects Washington and Arlington, Va. Stephen Pleasonton was a State Department clerk who heroically carried out panicked instructions from Secretary of State James...

OMB touts $17.6 billion in savings from Campaign to Cut Waste

November 15, 2011 The Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday reported that it had prevented $17.6 billion worth of what would have been improper payments in fiscal 2011, the latest achievement of the Obama administration's six-month-old Campaign to Cut Waste. Savings from thwarted payment errors, chiefly in Medicare, Medicaid, Pell grants and...

Thrift Savings Plan staff gears up to launch Roth option

November 15, 2011 Federal employee retirement savings funds for October enjoyed "a good month in a tough year for capital markets," in the words of Gregory Long, executive director of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. During a Tuesday meeting of the Thrift Savings Plan's Employee Thrift Advisory Council, Long also reported an...

A Reinvigorated Office of Special Counsel?

November 14, 2011 This month's grim results of investigations into the Air Force's mishandling of deceased soldiers' remains at Dover Air Force Base has brought some fresh visibility to the Office of Special Counsel. The independent agency that was beset by scandal in the final years of the George W. Bush administration won...