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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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DARPA Chief Googles It

March 15, 2012 Word is out that Regina Dugan is leaving her post as director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to sign on with the empire of search-engine giant Google. But it looks like an ongoing Defense Department Inspector General’s office audit of DARPA contracts and conflict-of-interest policies will continue. As...

Sequestration specter already is making its mark on contractors

March 14, 2012 Neither the government nor the aerospace industry can afford to sit and wait for the sequestration required under budget law to kick in on Jan. 2, 2013, an industry chief said Wednesday. The mere threat of across-the-board spending cuts already has had a “chilling effect” on companies that are vital...

Friction between union, managers at Social Security goes public

March 13, 2012 Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry responded Tuesday to a complaint about a lack of managers at labor-management meetings at the Social Security Administration. Since President Obama extended an executive order encouraging labor-management forums at agencies, SSA employee Patricia Spade said, the group at her department consists only of...

Congress urged to slow down on pay and benefits reforms

March 13, 2012 The flurry of recent congressional proposals to cut federal pay and benefits could damage recruitment and retention if changes are not slowed and allowed to settle, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry said Tuesday. Though not all the bills are motivated by the desire to attack federal workers, Berry...

Contractor Says Taxes Being Paid

March 12, 2012 An attorney for Leonie Industries has written a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and lawmakers disputing USA Today's recent assertion that the largest U.S. contractor in Afghanistan owes back taxes. Patton Boggs attorney Clark K. Ervin wrote on March 9 that the leaders of the firm in recent years...

Agencies restrict media access, survey of journalists finds

March 12, 2012 Reporters who cover the federal government encounter roadblocks that hinder their ability to keep the general public informed, according to a survey released Monday. The Society of Professional Journalists found that agency press staff subjected reporters to “alarming” rules requiring preapproval of interviews with employees, some outright prohibitions on interviews...

Where the White House Lets the Sunshine In

March 12, 2012 Using a headline straight out of the rock musical “Hair,” two top White House officials embarked on the news industry-sponsored Sunshine Week on Monday with a recap of the Obama administration’s projects promoting open government. In a blog titled “Let the Sunshine In,” Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs administrator...

GSA chief calls Telework Week a 'roaring success'

March 9, 2012 General Services Administration chief Martha Johnson spent Telework Week shuffling between her agency’s locations using mobile communications devices to gauge results and lessons learned. “It’s been a roaring success,” with more than half of GSA’s 12,800 employees participating in the five-day event that ended Friday, Johnson said. The 6,500 GSA...

Senate bill muddies waters on shedding excess real estate

March 9, 2012 A long-awaited Senate version of legislation to speed up sales of excess federal real estate was introduced on Thursday by a bipartisan group led by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., adding a new wrinkle to efforts by the Obama administration and House Republicans to streamline the federal role in property management...

Contractors and Back Taxes

March 8, 2012 Two senators have trained their sights on the largest contractor in the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan. According to a recent USA Today story, Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., have sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asking him to look into the tax situation of...