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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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Obama’s consumer bureau appointment raises political, legal stakes

January 4, 2012 President Obama's move Wednesday to use a recess appointment to name former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray director of the six-month-old Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was greeted as "bold" by consumer activists, but spurned as possibly illegal by Republican lawmakers who have spent months blocking any nominee. At a campaign-style...

Printing Office's First Female Chief

January 3, 2012 As expected, Deputy Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks on Tuesday moved into the top job at the Government Printing Office, on an acting basis. Departing acting Public Printer Bill Boarman, whose nomination by President Obama last year was never confirmed by the Senate, had elevated Vance-Cooks last month from her position...

Annual financial report cites incomplete audits at three departments

January 3, 2012 The government's overall finances cannot be evaluated properly "because of widespread material internal control weaknesses, significant uncertainties and other limitations" on agency audit statements, the Government Accountability Office said recently. Just as it has for the past 15 years, GAO's audit of the fiscal 2011 consolidated financial statements of 24...

Restoring the Brand

January 1, 2012 Defending government in an anti-government age. Last fall, Washington-area viewers of the Sunday morning talk shows got a steady dose of commercials featuring Federal News Radio's Mike Causey. Pointing to a studio backdrop of the U.S. Capitol, Causey tells the camera affably that "it's Politics 101 that the people in...

GSA steps up cultivation of elusive agency ‘customers’

December 29, 2011 The current frugality push across government presents a special opportunity for one agency in particular. The General Services Administration, which outfits other federal agencies with everything from purchase cards to cloud computing know-how, sees today's belt-tightening as a new "sweet spot," in the words of Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Steven...

White House urges agencies to remember small businesses for micro purchases

December 22, 2011 Continuing its push to support small businesses, the White House is reminding agency financial and acquisition officers not to forget small firms when they make credit card micro purchases of $3,000 or less, which are not affected by larger scale required set-asides. A Dec. 19 letter from Dan Gordon, the...

Ban on A-76 competitions for outsourcing extended in omnibus bill

December 22, 2011 The consolidated spending bill that President Obama is expected to sign Friday includes language extending a three-year-old ban on A-76 studies, or agency competitions for pending work that pits federal employees against contractors. Congress early in the Obama administration reversed a 2003 George W. Bush administration effort to outsource more...

Main Treasury building garners top green certification

December 21, 2011 The elegant 19th-century building that is the Treasury Department's Washington headquarters was awarded a gold certification Wednesday, earning the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) award given by the U.S. Green Building Council. The independent sustainability ratings group said it believes the structure is the oldest in the world...

Making Last-Minute History at GPO

December 20, 2011 Public printer William Boarman, whose long-term appointment by President Obama continues to be blocked in the Senate, made history on Tuesday by naming the first female to the second-highest slot at the Government Printing Office. Davita Vance-Cooks will serve as deputy public printer, GPO announced, having completed nearly a year...

GOP senator’s latest report on government waste pokes Congress

December 20, 2011 The latest annual slam on wasteful spending from Sen. Tom Coburn mocks federal grants and line items ranging from magic museums to the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Oklahoma Republican does not spare Congress or his home state from his public scolding. "Wastebook 2011," released Tuesday, ranks and describes 100...