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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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Army sets stage to slash 8,700 civilian jobs

August 5, 2011 With the ink barely dry on debt-ceiling legislation, the Army has announced details of a plan to reduce its force by more than 8,700 civilian positions by the end of September 2012. The execution order for a move first announced in July has drawn strong opposition from the American Federation...

Above HHS's Pay Grade

August 4, 2011 A certain subject was declared off limits during a conference call with reporters held this morning by the two top officials at the Health and Human Services Department. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick made opening statements reporting encouraging new data showing...

Former Office of Special Counsel chief can withdraw guilty plea

August 4, 2011 Scott Bloch, the head of the government's independent whistleblower protection agency under President George W. Bush who admitted to criminal contempt of Congress, on Wednesday won the right to withdraw an earlier guilty plea. Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled...

Contractor in Iraq disputes inspector general’s allegations of overbilling

August 3, 2011 The United Arab Emirates-based Anham LLC has issued a statement denying charges made Saturday by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction that the contractor had marked up the cost of parts by as much as 12,000 percent. "These conclusions are false," the company said through a publicity agent. "In...

Consumer Product Safety Commission poised to gain flexibility

August 3, 2011 A last-minute bipartisan compromise enabled Congress on the eve of a recess to provide the Consumer Product Safety Commission with greater discretion in how it regulates manufacturers. The bill (H.R. 2715), which cleared the House and Senate on Monday and was sent to President Obama for signing, would amend some...

20,000 Ways to Save

August 2, 2011 With all eyes riveted on the debt-ceiling drama, the Office of Management and Budget on Monday announced that federal employees had submitted "an incredible 19,559" ideas for new agency economies. That would be 1,000 more entries for the president's Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award than were submitted for...

IG: Iraq logistics contractor marked up prices as much as 12,000 percent

August 2, 2011 A United Arab Emirates-based logistics contractor billed Defense Department authorities in Iraq for parts at prices marked up as high as 5,000 percent and 12,000 percent, according to a quarterly report released Saturday by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. A review of a $119 million reconstruction and logistics...

Debt-ceiling deal saddles contractors with new uncertainty

August 2, 2011 The long-elusive debt-ceiling pact President Obama signed into law Tuesday leaves federal contractors with many questions about their ability to perform long-term planning, according to industry representatives. The deal, which cuts federal discretionary spending by $917 billion in the next decade, includes taking $350 billion from the defense budget --...

Boomerang Effect

August 1, 2011 The push to bring jobs in-house is shifting in political winds. The rhetoric borders on the triumphant. "This amendment eliminates the federal government's monopoly on services," proclaimed Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, after a May vote on the fiscal 2012 Defense authorization bill, which includes language that would lift restrictions on...

Bureaucratic Oath

August 1, 2011 Amid an ongoing political battle, HHS officials are managing to implement the massive health care law. The stack of documents in the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing room in June constituted "every regulation, notice and correction that the Obama administration has issued so far" on the Affordable Care Act,...