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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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Park Service defends handling of Occupy D.C. protest

January 11, 2012 An ongoing clash over the National Park Service's handling of the hundreds of Occupy D.C. protestors living in tents on McPherson Square has accelerated. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee, on Tuesday threatened Interior Secretary Ken Salazar with "compulsory processes," which could mean...

Sixty-four-year-old diplomatic advisory body dies quiet death

January 10, 2012 CRAIG TUTTLE/NEWSCOM With little fanfare, the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, which since 1948 has evaluated agency effectiveness in communicating with foreign publics, closed shop last month, having failed to win reauthorization in Congress' omnibus spending bill. "Our reauthorization for two years was blocked in the Senate," Matt Armstrong,...

Agriculture secretary seeks to avoid furloughs

January 10, 2012 Vilsack said the process will minimize impact felt by "farmers and ranchers." -- CRAIG TUTTLE/NEWSCOM Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday elaborated on his approach to cutting spending following an announcement the department will close hundreds of locations. Under the new plan, called the Blueprint for Stronger Service, the U.S....

Grand Canyon Feuding

January 9, 2012 Interior Secretary Ken Salazar traveled across town to the National Geographic Society on Monday to unveil a new Park Service film to be shown to visitors at the Grand Canyon and, by the way, to also announce that he is withdrawing 1 million acres of Arizona watershed nearby from uranium...

IRS revises long-term estimate of ‘tax gap’

January 9, 2012 For the first time in five years, the Internal Revenue Service revised its long-term estimate of the tax gap, defined as the "amount of tax liability faced by taxpayers that is not paid on time." In a report released Friday, the IRS put the latest figure at $450 billion as...

Commerce secretary stresses U.S. competitiveness

January 9, 2012 Carolyn Kaster/AP Commerce Secretary John Bryson has presented Congress with a mandated report on U.S. competitiveness that emphasizes the importance of the federal government's role in research while maintaining the private sector's status as the "engine of innovation." The study, required under the 2010 America COMPETES Reauthorization Act and compiled...

Leaking to the Stars?

January 6, 2012 Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., announced on Thursday that he has been successful in his four-month-old effort to trigger an inspectors general investigation of CIA and Pentagon contacts with Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow as she prepares her highly anticipated film on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. "Following a...

Contractors brace for coming defense cuts

January 6, 2012 As the Pentagon readies a fiscal 2013 budget expected to map out $487 billion in cuts over the next 10 years, many contractors already are bracing for a new climate of austerity, but they are heartened by the Obama administration's pledge to preserve America's industrial base. At the Pentagon on...

A Plain English Reminder

January 5, 2012 Writing coaches sometimes recommend a technique described as "tell 'em what you're going to tell 'em; then tell 'em; then tell 'em what you just told 'em." In that vein, Cass Sunstein, administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, issued a terse memo on Wednesday to...

Agency stimulus spending slightly higher than predicted

January 5, 2012 The top spenders of stimulus money over the past three years are the Health and Human Services, Education, and Treasury departments, according to a Congressional Budget Office blog post Thursday. CBO's purpose in evaluating progress on the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was to compare its own estimates done...