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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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Preparing for School Lunches

January 25, 2012 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday night was revealed out to have been the one Cabinet member who traditionally stays away from the State of the Union address as a security precaution. That assignment may have given him more time to prepare for his department's big event on Wednesday, the...

Consumer Bureau chief vows cooperation with skeptical Republicans

January 25, 2012 Hours before he was praised as a consumer watchdog in President Obama's State of the Union address, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray on Tuesday fulfilled a promise and testified to a House panel led by Republicans openly skeptical of his recent recess appointment. Though officials of the government's...

Obama taps new Defense acquisition chief

January 25, 2012 President Obama on Tuesday sent to the Senate the nomination of Frank Kendall III as undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. If confirmed, Kendall would replace Ashton B. Carter, who became deputy Defense secretary in October 2011. Kendall, who has been serving as acting undersecretary for acquisition, technology...

FEMA's Correct Address

January 24, 2012 ABC World News with Diane Sawyer was surely well-intentioned on Monday night when it sent correspondent Steve Osunsami to tornado-ravaged Alabama. But his effort to counsel viewers on how to sign up for an e-mail alert service from the Federal Emergency Management Agency went awry. He sent his millions of...

Park Service defends handling of Occupy D.C.

January 24, 2012 National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis on Tuesday defended his agency's decision to delay eviction of Occupy D.C. protesters from their four-month-old tent city at Washington's McPherson Square and denied charges by some Republicans that the Obama administration had ordered a lax police response to the situation. Jarvis said his...

Obama calls for ‘smarter, more effective government’

January 24, 2012 President Obama used his Tuesday State of the Union address to call for a government and financial system for "Americans who work hard and play by the rules," defending his administration's use of regulations and pushing the plan he announced earlier to streamline the federal bureaucracy. "The executive branch ....

Interagency tourism council takes its maiden voyage

January 23, 2012 Jewel Samada/Newscom The day after President Obama appeared at Florida's Disney World to tout the economic impact of tourism, the new Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation held its inaugural meeting Friday in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Established under the president's America's Great Outdoors initiative announced in April 2010, the council consists...

A BRAC for Everything

January 20, 2012 When released in 2005, the recommendations of the Pentagon's Base Realignment and Closing Commission made a lot of people unhappy. But that didn't halt the emergence of the term "BRAC-like" among advocates of various recent proposals for reorganizing government. Last winter, both the Office of Management and Budget and Rep....

New OMB team offers continuity in a turbulent time

January 20, 2012 Recent changes at the top of the Office of Management and Budget have come at a frantic time, as the office prepares President Obama's budget and sells his proposal to streamline six federal commerce and trade agencies. The president's decision to name Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients as acting OMB...

A Monumental Gift

January 19, 2012 The generous donation the National Park Service announced on Thursday from philanthropist David Rubenstein adds another wrinkle to the saga of the nation's capital's 164-year-old struggle to build and maintain the Washington Monument. Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group investment firm, gave $7.5 million to speed repairs to the city's...