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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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GOP senators vow to block consumer bureau nominee

May 6, 2011 The slow creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau encountered a new hurdle on Thursday when 44 Republican senators delivered a letter to President Obama declaring they "will not confirm any nominee, regardless of party affiliation" to run it. Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in an accompanying statement...

White House gets down to cases on selling excess properties

May 4, 2011 The Obama administration on Wednesday fleshed out its previously announced plan to save taxpayer dollars by selling off unneeded federal property, posting for the first time an online state-by-state map itemizing excess facilities. Officials also released draft legislation aimed at overcoming the often-parochial political resistance to proposed sales by empowering...

Pentagon breaks up Joint Forces Command

May 2, 2011 Defense Secretary Robert Gates' effort to trim the military budget got rolling on Monday. The Pentagon announced that, as part of the "disestablishment of U.S. Joint Forces Command" as a four-star combatant command, it is reassigning its organizations and functions to various other commands, military services and the Joint Staff....

Cost estimates don’t help bid to move FTC offices

April 18, 2011 A House committee-approved bill that would move the offices of the Federal Trade Commission to create exhibit space for the National Gallery of Art received a cost score from the Congressional Budget Office that displeases the plan's chief sponsor, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla. The net...

Flattening Government

April 1, 2011 Why rhetoric on killing agencies so seldom becomes reality. When the lights went out on the Interstate Commerce Commission on Dec. 31, 1995, the chaos that can surround the closing of a federal agency had been unfolding for months. The House and Senate cast opposing votes on whether to abolish...

Open Secrets

March 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In April 2010, some of the most secretive professionals in government launched their contribution to the Obama administration's transparency campaign. CIA officials released their open government plan on the agency's website, "mindful," as it states, "that continued public support for CIA is very much dependent upon public understanding of its...

Into the Limelight

March 1, 2011 After years of working behind the scenes, agency inspectors general are front and center in a high-profile battle against waste, fraud and abuse. It's been a long, strange trip for inspectors general since those days of the Carter administration when the Justice Department tried to block the legislation that created...

Inspector general backs NOAA in climate-change dispute

February 25, 2011 A review of e-mail exchanges between federal scientists and British academics embroiled in a politically charged dispute over climate change found no misconduct at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to a report just released by the Commerce Department's inspector general. "We did not find any evidence that NOAA...

Bill to move agency pits FTC against National Gallery

February 17, 2011 A House panel on Wednesday approved a bill that would move the Federal Trade Commission out of a headquarters building constructed for it in the late 1930s, irking FTC commissioners but pleasing officials at the National Gallery of Art, which would benefit from the freed-up space. The bill would "save...

ICE agent killed, second wounded in Mexico

February 16, 2011 Two federal agents assigned to anti-drug trafficking operations in Mexico City were shot on Monday as they drove toward the capital from Monterrey, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced. ICE special agent Jaime Zapata died of his wounds, while a second special agent, still unidentified, is hospitalized in stable...