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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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Never Mind the Missing $6 Billion

October 27, 2011 Back in June, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction took pains to clarify an alarming report that some $6.6 billion in U.S. funds sent to help reconstruct Iraq in 2004 might have been stolen or lost. The money was certainly unaccounted for. Concerned citizens can now heave a sigh...

Fraud continues in small business preference programs

October 27, 2011 Contractor fraud in small business set-aside programs is difficult to detect and prove, but its annual costs to government are significant in dollars and damage to legitimate business that deserve the work, two federal watchdogs told a House panel Thursday. In fulfilling the Obama administration's goal of giving 23 percent...

Hardly a Cubicle

October 26, 2011 The capital city's most spectacular offices include three occupied by federal executives, according to a photo-feature in the November Washingtonian magazine. The stunning glimpses of offices with a view, with ornate décor or historical import include that of Treasury Undersecretary for International Affairs Lael Brainard, whose blue-carpeted workspace was once...

FEMA chief says pre-staging is key to rapid disaster response

October 25, 2011 Federal disaster response officials are being trained to leap into action without always waiting for a governor and the president to declare a disaster, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency told a House hearing Tuesday. While Hurricane Irene was building strength this summer, FEMA had prestaged teams along...

Repeal of 3 percent contractor tax withholding gathers steam

October 24, 2011 The House is gearing up for a scheduled Oct. 27 vote to repeal a six-year-old congressional mandate that agencies withhold 3 percent of contractors' payments in order to improve tax compliance -- a continually postponed requirement that isn't due to take effect until 2013. A bill (H.R. 674) introduced by...

Procurement chief defends Obama’s commitment to small business

October 24, 2011 A proposed rule to curb agencies' little used capacity to offer higher payments to needier contractors "will have no impact on the government's ability or commitment to drive contracting opportunities for small disadvantaged businesses," Dan Gordon, administrator of the White House Office of Federal Procurement Policy, said Friday. In a...

State Department faulted in effort to train Iraqi police

October 24, 2011 The State Department lacks sufficient understanding and strategy for standing up the domestic police force in Iraq on the eve of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from that war zone, according to a report released Monday by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. In their 200th report on the...

Subpoenas for Four Agencies

October 20, 2011 House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves, R-Mo., late Thursday sent subpoenas to four agencies he views as being out of compliance with the Small Business Act's provisions on structuring their Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. The Agriculture, Justice, Treasury and State departments were sent the subpoenas asking...

Going After Shady Contractors

October 20, 2011 A grab-bag bill approved on Wednesday by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee aims to shake up the business-as-usual world of federal contracting. The Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act would take a whack at the estimated $125 billion in undeserved payments made by agencies in 2010...

Lawsuit renews debate over product safety database

October 20, 2011 A legal complaint against the Consumer Product Safety Commission's six-month-old product safety database has refocused attention on an online tool that may risk unfairly tarnishing manufacturers' reputations. The Washington Post on Tuesday reported that an unnamed "Company Doe" filed a motion in a district court in Maryland to block CPSC...