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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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Contractors respond warily to Pentagon vow to preserve industrial base

February 8, 2012 Just days before the expected Feb. 13 release of President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget, the Defense Department’s top weapons buyer sought to reassure nervous contractors that the White House will protect vital industries even as it implements major cuts in procurement and personnel spending. Frank Kendall, acting undersecretary of Defense...

Timing the Trump News

February 8, 2012 Tuesday’s announcement that mega-developer Donald Trump is the preferred party to make a go of reviving the half-empty Old Post Office building in Washington may have stepped on the message of some in Congress who’ve long been pushing to accelerate the sale of unneeded federal properties. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif.,...

State Department to downsize presence in Iraq

February 8, 2012 In a significant shift, the State Department is cutting by half the cadre of diplomats it was planning to keep in Iraq following last December’s withdrawal of U.S. troops, The New York Times reported. Despite having built an embassy in Baghdad that is among the world’s largest, officials cited continuing...

House passes bill to create BRAC-like federal property board

February 7, 2012 The House on Tuesday voted to create a nine-member commission of private and public sector specialists to accelerate the sale of excess federal properties as a way to reduce the budget deficit. The Civilian Property Alignment Act (H.R. 1734) sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., passed 259-164. It would empower...

NOAA grapples with uncertainty over Obama reorganization plan

February 7, 2012 When President Obama last spring released a video soliciting ideas on modernizing government to better compete in the 21st century economy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was about to get thrown into the mix. “Move NOAA from DOC to DOI,” read a suggestion tagged No. 1979 and ranked No....

GAO's Shrinking Staff

February 7, 2012 For the first time in its 75-year history, the Government Accountability Office will see its staffing level fall below 3,000, Comptroller General Gene Dodaro warned in testimony about his agency's budget request released Tuesday morning. "We have carefully reviewed every aspect of our operations from a zero base to identify...

Momentum builds to require feds to disclose stock trades

February 3, 2012 The Senate’s passage Thursday of the so-called STOCK Act to require lawmakers to disclose investment transactions could rope thousands of federal employees into a new obligation to make public their own stock market moves to help prevent illegal insider training. Many lawmakers and government transparency advocates are pleased. Language by...

Deputy secretaries cite their proudest accomplishments

February 2, 2012 Political appointees serving as chief operating officers at five departments named their top accomplishments at a panel hosted by the nonprofit National Academy of Public Administration on Wednesday. The Obama administration deputy or undersecretaries at the Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy and Veterans Affairs departments are among top political appointees profiled...

House Republican seeks to curb 'deceitful' subcontracting

February 2, 2012 Seeking to level the playing field for small businesses in federal contracting, the chairman of a House subcommittee on Thursday introduced a bill to “give small contractors a voice when their work is being unfairly insourced,” a reference to the Obama administration’s three-year effort to rely less on contractors in...

State’s New Power Source

February 1, 2012 Now and again, the times call for a new organizational chart. At the State Department last fall, officials commandeered a wing and installed signage for the brand-new Bureau of Energy Resources. The reorganization capped a five-year bipartisan effort to “focus greater attention on energy diplomacy questions” during a time of...