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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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Feds continue to hold a dim view of senior leaders

April 25, 2012 Leaders of agencies garnered low ratings from federal employees on an array of job satisfaction issues in the latest “snapshot” of the ongoing Best Places to Work in the Federal Government survey by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. Leadership effectiveness scored only 54 points of a possible 100 in...

House approves transparency bill, citing GSA scandal

April 25, 2012 The House on Wednesday by voice vote approved the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act to increase transparency on federal agency spending, with speakers on the floor repeatedly invoking the recent spending scandal at the General Services Administration. The legislation known as the DATA Act (H.R. 2146) would impose a universal...

A History of Duplication

April 25, 2012 The current push by the Obama administration and many in Congress to curb duplicative programs has a modern-day flavor -- record budget deficits and the demands of a globalized economy are driving the bid to streamline federal agencies. But beware of the term “unprecedented.” Many of the tensions between the...

Crackdown on conferences clears Senate

April 25, 2012 The Senate on Tuesday voted to curb agency spending on conferences and to limit the number of employees from a single agency who can attend. An amendment by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., was approved by voice vote and attached to a larger U.S. Postal Service reform bill. A similar provision...

Interagency fight against Medicare fraud shows promise

April 24, 2012 Teamwork between the Health and Human Services and Justice departments targeting criminal fraud in the Medicare program is producing encouraging results in prosecutions and funds recovered, agency officials told a Senate panel Tuesday. But HHS’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seen as slow to implement some key tools...

OMB raises salary cap for contractor executives because it has to

April 23, 2012 The ongoing fight over how much to reimburse contractors for their executive compensation took a new turn on Monday after the White House published a Federal Register notice raising the statutory limit on reimbursable contractor pay to $763,029. The new cap, a 10 percent hike over the previous limit of...

GSA scandal lends urgency to data transparency measure

April 23, 2012 Six months after a measure that would open up agency spending to greater public scrutiny online came out of committee, House lawmakers and an array of open-government advocates are gearing up for a Wednesday vote. The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (H.R. 2146) was introduced in June 2011 by Oversight...

Noonan’s Incomplete GSA Diagnosis

April 23, 2012 Conservative commentator Peggy Noonan parsed the General Services Administration’s spending scandal on Sunday during her regular appearance on ABC News “This Week.” But apparently she never got the memo about the Obama administration’s ongoing Campaign to Cut Waste. “The U.S. government has been spending a lot since 2009, since before...

GOP lawmaker steps up bid to evict FTC from headquarters

April 20, 2012 A House Republican has stepped up his battle with leaders of the Federal Trade Commission over a year-old plan to move the regulatory agency out of its ornate, 75-year-old headquarters to expand exhibit space for the National Gallery of Art. On Thursday, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. John...

Measure would encourage lawmakers to ask once, nicely

April 20, 2012 Lawmakers introduced bipartisan resolutions Thursday to task the Congressional Research Service with scoring all legislation on the extent to which it perpetuates duplicative federal programs. The resolutions would change chamber rules to “ensure members of Congress are informed of all existing federal programs before creating new ones,” a press release...