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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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White House council backs regulatory streamlining

October 11, 2011 The Obama administration's team of private-sector advisers on job creation recommended new infrastructure spending and streamlining of regulations in a report released on Tuesday at a meeting with President Obama in Pittsburgh. The President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, launched last January and made up of 27 executives mostly from...

Nuclear crises renew regulator's relevance

October 7, 2011 At a dinner in Washington celebrating his mother's birthday on March 26, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko received an urgent phone call: The nuclear crisis besetting Japan required him to be at Dulles International Airport in two hours to fly across the Pacific Ocean. Jaczko proceeded to work for...

Consumer bureau nomination remains divisive

October 7, 2011 A Senate panel's Oct. 6 approval of Richard Cordray's nomination for promotion to full-time director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has energized consumer activist organizations, but minority Republicans who for months have vowed to block any nominee show no signs of letting up. By a 12-10 party-line vote, Democrats...

Different Agency, Different Rules

October 6, 2011 Through the years, a few employees at the State Department and the Internal Revenue Service have sunk into legal trouble for violating citizens' privacy -- poking into passport application files or tax returns from celebrities, for example. Such issues play out differently at the National Archives and Records Administration, which...

Agencies can improve suspension and debarment process, says GAO

October 6, 2011 Too many federal agencies are insufficiently protecting against contractor fraud or incompetence by using the suspension and debarment process, the Government Accountability Office reported Thursday. Agencies with records of scant use of the practice should beef up dedicated staff and commit to greater use of the interagency committee designed for...

Army Corps bribery arrests praised by lawmakers

October 5, 2011 The Justice Department's indictment -- announced this week -- of four alleged conspirators charged with bribery and kickbacks under two contracts with the Army Corps of Engineers was praised by members of Congress, but the development could renew scrutiny of subcontractors and preferences for Alaska native corporations. Four Northern Virginia...

HHS wary of proposal to reduce Medicare drug fraud

October 4, 2011 Federal officials are inadequately policing fraud by painkiller addicts and drug dealers who illicitly obtain prescription drugs through the Medicare Part D program, the Government Accountability Office reported on Tuesday. One proposed remedy -- to improve monitoring for abuse through restricting beneficiaries to a single doctor and pharmacy -- is...

Energy's Separate Wavelength

October 3, 2011 Amid all the political ruckus over the misbegotten federal loan guarantee that couldn't stave off bankruptcy for the California solar panel maker Solyndra LLC, some observers may have been startled when the Energy Department on Friday announced approval of $5 billion in loans to other solar technology companies under the...

A look at 20 of the all-time greatest federal employees

October 3, 2011 Government may be facing some big challenges right now, but history shows that during times of crisis, great public servants have stepped forward to show tremendous leadership. Government Executive consulted with the National Academy of Public Administration and the Partnership for Public Service to produce a list of notable civil...

20 of the All-Time Greatest Feds: The List

October 3, 2011 Ralph Bunche (1904-1971) Diplomat and civil rights leader who brokered the 1948 armistice between Arabs and Jews in Palestine. He was the first nonwhite to win the Nobel Peace Prize. During World War II he served in the Office of Strategic Services, War Department and State Department, where he focused...