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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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Leaked email shows Defense audit agency sought subpoena power, contractor pay caps

July 14, 2011 Seven weeks before being forced out as director of the troubled Defense Contract Audit Agency in October 2009, April Stephenson had sought subpoena authority for policing contracts and proposed to expand caps on contractor executive pay, according to an emailed proposal obtained by the watchdog nonprofit Project on Government Oversight...

OMB lists contract categories vulnerable to overspending

July 14, 2011 When the Office of Management and Budget on July 7 announced a new directive for agencies to cut spending on contract management services by 15 percent, officials mentioned 15 product service codes that were considered most at risk of overspending because they have a high proportion of time-and-materials contracts. Since...

Federal Protective Service struggles with new management tools

July 13, 2011 The long-troubled Federal Protective Service, which some consider a "stepchild" within the Homeland Security Department, has made little progress in improving training of building security guards and has not fully implemented management tools for tracking assignments, witnesses told a House panel Wednesday. Director L. Eric Patterson said FPS' four-year effort...

Time-and-materials contracts reduced by $1 billion, says OMB

July 12, 2011 The Obama administration's move to reduce the number of federal contracts that are not fixed price cut the government's reliance on cost-plus contracts by $1 billion in fiscal 2010 over the previous year, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy said in a newly posted report dated July 8. OFPP Administrator...

Political posturing hampers debt deal talks, says government reform scholar

July 11, 2011 "A cloud of cowardly behavior and political posturing" hangs over the current budget talks between President Obama congressional leaders, according to Paul C. Light, a professor of public service at New York University whose recent proposals for a major reorganization of government come at a time he calls a "once-in-a-generation...

Obama widens regulatory review to independent agencies

July 11, 2011 President Obama on Monday issued an executive order asking independent agencies to join the governmentwide review searching for outdated or needlessly burdensome regulations that has been under way since a January directive. In nonbinding language, the order said independent regulatory agencies "should consider how best to promote retrospective analysis of...

Returning Iraq's Treasures

July 8, 2011 One of the many heartbreaking incidents in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was the way U.S. forces lost track of that ancient country' antiquities. Hundreds were lifted from museums by looters and then vanished into international black markets. So here's hoping the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Border Patrol...

IRS decision to end gift audits not political, specialist says

July 8, 2011 The Internal Revenue Service's decision to discontinue audits of select 2010 political donations for possible application of the gift tax appears to have calmed some, but not all, concerns about politicization of the agency. In February, the IRS opened audits on five 501(c)(4) organizations active in the 2010 elections, including...

HUD rebuts charge of illegal grant to ACORN

July 7, 2011 The Housing and Urban Development Department has denied a charge leveled this week by the conservative anti-corruption group Judicial Watch that an $80,000 grant to an affordable housing group goes against the ban on funding of the controversial community organizing group ACORN. On July 5, Judicial Watch issued a statement...

Cut contracting costs by 15 percent, agencies are told

July 7, 2011 Federal agencies are being directed to achieve a 15 percent reduction in costs for managing contracts over the next year under a new component of the Obama administration's Campaign to Cut Government Waste, Office of Management and Budget officials announced Thursday. The goal is to save $6 billion governmentwide by...