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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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Iraq will need U.S. oversight for a decade, watchdog reports

October 31, 2011 Two months before the final 40,000 U.S. troops are scheduled to leave Iraq, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction has reported a key Iraqi minister's estimate that regional threats to the fledgling democracy will require some form of international oversight until 2020 or 2024. SIGIR's quarterly report, released Oct....

GSA inaugurates updated telework policy

October 31, 2011 This story has been updated. The General Services Administration on Monday put into effect what is viewed as a model for governmentwide telework policy, updating guidance for managers from one that presumed employees cannot telecommute to one that presumes they can. At a signing ceremony on the 12th floor of...

Administration unveils two new tools to spur job creation

October 28, 2011 Continuing its push to spur the economy while its jobs plan is stalled in Congress, the Obama administration on Friday issued presidential memoranda to create a one-stop portal to help businesses access federal services and to encourage entrepreneurial startups by accelerating the movement of federal lab research to the commercial...

Justice watchdog issues corrected report on muffin scandal

October 28, 2011 In yet another wrinkle to the tale of the $16 muffins once thought to have been served at a professional conference, the Justice Department's inspector general on Friday issued a revised version of a September report that had prompted front-page coverage and outrage over what was presented as flagrant waste...

OMB reorganizes monitoring of financial assistance grants

October 28, 2011 The Office of Management and Budget on Thursday announced the creation of a Council on Financial Assistance Reform to enhance efforts to reduce waste in government and to coordinate information outreach to the public on the availability of grants. In an Oct. 27 memorandum to agencies, OMB Director Jack Lew...

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...