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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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GSA pulls support for major energy conference

July 16, 2012 Organizers of GovEnergy, a major training conference for federal employees involved in energy, have canceled this year’s trade show and workshops after the scandal-wary General Services Administration withdrew its sponsorship. As first reported by energy blogger Dan Nolan and confirmed by Government Executive, GSA on Friday pulled its long-standing funding...

Timeline: Obama’s efforts to tame the bureaucracy

July 10, 2012 During the 2008 presidential campaigns, critics were quick to point out Democratic candidate Barack Obama’s relative lack of experience leading large organizations. Three years into his term, some say the president has indeed faced a steep learning curve, as senior correspondent Charles S. Clark reported in the July issue of...

Labor Department tries a new way of releasing sensitive jobs data

July 6, 2012 Friday’s much-anticipated monthly employment numbers were released to the news media without premature leaks or software snafus, even as the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics had begun phasing in some controversial new security procedures. “Everything went smoothly and uneventfully, with business as usual,” said Jennifer Kaplan, Labor’s director of...

A Cautious Consumer Bureau Chief

July 6, 2012 As the newest federal agency -- and one many Republican lawmakers would still like to dismantle -- the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau treads a fine line between selling its accomplishments and avoiding handing ammunition to its critics. Such caution was on display in an interview with CFPB Director Richard Cordray...

Military exceeds BRAC cost projections in relocating geospatial agency

July 5, 2012 The move to centralize components of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency at one site in Fort Belvoir, Va., has become the latest example of projects under the base closure and realignment process that have exceeded cost projections. Consolidating scattered offices to enhance the satellite intelligence agency’s personnel safety cost $2.5 billion...

Programs for disabled job seekers are fragmented, repetitive, GAO finds

July 5, 2012 Federal efforts to help disabled job seekers stretch over 45 programs and nine agencies, “reflecting a fragmented system of services,” the latest Government Accountability Office report on duplication in government stated. The June report has come at a time when the Office of Management and Budget must clarify its goals...

The Obama way: Assessing the president's management approach

July 3, 2012 A president’s time is his “most precious resource,” in the words of Austan Goolsbee, who spent two years on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama White House. “The structure of how the government operates is not conducive to micromanaging by the president,” he says. President Obama’s “focus is...

Small business share of contracts shrunk slightly in 2011, SBA reports

July 3, 2012 The Small Business Administration on Tuesday released its annual score card on federal contract dollars won by small businesses, reporting that contractors meeting the eligibility criteria were awarded $91.5 billion in government work in fiscal 2011, or 21.65 percent of the total. Current law requires agencies to reach for a...

Contractors seek changes in bill to curb human trafficking

July 3, 2012 A bill to impose new requirements on overseas contractors to help prevent human trafficking in war zones cleared a key Senate panel Thursday, but at least one contractor group is arguing for adjustments before the bill goes to President Obama’s desk. The End Trafficking in Government Contracting Act (S 2234),...

OMB defends its progress weeding out federal websites

July 2, 2012 The Office of Management and Budget is rebutting a charge from Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., that the Obama administration has fallen short on its promises to eliminate obsolete agency websites as part of its Campaign to Cut Waste. On June 7, Coburn asked the Congressional Research Service to examine the...