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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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Budget preview hits Defense contractors on weapons and management

January 26, 2012 This story has been updated. Defense budget cuts previewed Thursday would affect contractors in two ways: in the coming alterations to major weapons systems and the intensified search for greater efficiencies in Pentagon management. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta planned to retire aging C5A and C130 transport aircraft while preserving adequate...

HHS Works Below Political Radar

January 26, 2012 Conspicuous by its absence in President Obama's reelection campaign is a loud defense of the controversial Affordable Care Act, which many Republicans want to repeal and is up for review by the Supreme Court. But the Health and Human Services Department has been anything but silent on promoting the impact...

Preparing for School Lunches

January 25, 2012 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday night was revealed out to have been the one Cabinet member who traditionally stays away from the State of the Union address as a security precaution. That assignment may have given him more time to prepare for his department's big event on Wednesday, the...

Consumer Bureau chief vows cooperation with skeptical Republicans

January 25, 2012 Hours before he was praised as a consumer watchdog in President Obama's State of the Union address, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray on Tuesday fulfilled a promise and testified to a House panel led by Republicans openly skeptical of his recent recess appointment. Though officials of the government's...

Obama taps new Defense acquisition chief

January 25, 2012 President Obama on Tuesday sent to the Senate the nomination of Frank Kendall III as undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. If confirmed, Kendall would replace Ashton B. Carter, who became deputy Defense secretary in October 2011. Kendall, who has been serving as acting undersecretary for acquisition, technology...

FEMA's Correct Address

January 24, 2012 ABC World News with Diane Sawyer was surely well-intentioned on Monday night when it sent correspondent Steve Osunsami to tornado-ravaged Alabama. But his effort to counsel viewers on how to sign up for an e-mail alert service from the Federal Emergency Management Agency went awry. He sent his millions of...

Park Service defends handling of Occupy D.C.

January 24, 2012 National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis on Tuesday defended his agency's decision to delay eviction of Occupy D.C. protesters from their four-month-old tent city at Washington's McPherson Square and denied charges by some Republicans that the Obama administration had ordered a lax police response to the situation. Jarvis said his...

Obama calls for ‘smarter, more effective government’

January 24, 2012 President Obama used his Tuesday State of the Union address to call for a government and financial system for "Americans who work hard and play by the rules," defending his administration's use of regulations and pushing the plan he announced earlier to streamline the federal bureaucracy. "The executive branch ....

Interagency tourism council takes its maiden voyage

January 23, 2012 Jewel Samada/Newscom The day after President Obama appeared at Florida's Disney World to tout the economic impact of tourism, the new Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation held its inaugural meeting Friday in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Established under the president's America's Great Outdoors initiative announced in April 2010, the council consists...

A BRAC for Everything

January 20, 2012 When released in 2005, the recommendations of the Pentagon's Base Realignment and Closing Commission made a lot of people unhappy. But that didn't halt the emergence of the term "BRAC-like" among advocates of various recent proposals for reorganizing government. Last winter, both the Office of Management and Budget and Rep....