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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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OMB elaborates on regulatory review for independent agencies

July 25, 2011 Cass Sunstein, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, on Friday continued his bid to encourage independent agencies to participate in the Obama administration's governmentwide review of regulations that may be outdated, overly burdensome or stifling to the creation of jobs. In a July 22 memo to heads...

Post-9/11 Report Card

July 22, 2011 Getting a jump on the wave of 9/11 retrospectives being prepared for this September, the Homeland Security Department on Thursday issued a 67-page progress report titled "Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations." As one might expect, it says "the United States has made significant progress in securing the nation from terrorism"...

Senator moves to end minting of largely ignored presidential coins

July 22, 2011 Lawmakers appeared optimistic when they enacted the 2005 Presidential Dollar Coin Act to honor all 44 U.S. chief executives on a $1 piece by 2016. But after a scathing news report on NPR this summer documented how few American consumers or collectors have warmed to the coins, a senator is...

Homeland Security relying more on fixed-price contracts, report says

July 21, 2011 The share of Homeland Security Department contracts that fulfill the Obama administration's preference for fixed-price awards rose steadily over the past four years to reach 10.3 percent, or $7.5 billion in fiscal 2010, a new think tank study reports. That rise followed an earlier hike in dependence on time-and-materials or...

Former comptroller adds another budget plan to debt crisis mix

July 20, 2011 Federal agencies "need to get the message that the days of 20 and 30 percent spending increases are over," former Comptroller General David M. Walker told reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday as he added his own budget-cutting proposals to the swirl of competing plans for resolving the debt-ceiling crisis....

OMG It's OMB

July 19, 2011 The habitually businesslike Office of Management and Budget joined the Twitter generation today. An announcement from its press officers said, "We deal with a lot of big numbers in our daily work here at OMB, but now we will start focusing on a small one: 140." After an inaugural tweet...

Pentagon acquisition chief seeks to reassure industry on budget cuts

July 19, 2011 Major weapons builders must adjust to shrinking defense budgets but need not take major hits in profitability, Defense Department acquisition chief Ashton B. Carter told an industry gathering Monday. "Whatever you're doing for us, make it possible for us to continue to afford it," he said at a conference hosted...

Consumer protection bureau gets designated leader on eve of opening

July 18, 2011 The government's newest agency will open shop officially this week with a motivated and experienced staff, an array of early achievements and an unconfirmed director nominated at the 11th hour. The White House on Sunday announced that President Obama's choice to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is Richard Cordray,...

Defense chief asked to postpone planned move to new Virginia building

July 15, 2011 Less than a month before nearly 6,400 Defense Department employees are scheduled to move to a new high-rise in Alexandria, Va., four Virginia lawmakers are pressing newly installed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to take up their long-standing cause of delaying the moves to spare the region anticipated gridlock on Interstate...

Leaked email shows Defense audit agency sought subpoena power, contractor pay caps

July 14, 2011 Seven weeks before being forced out as director of the troubled Defense Contract Audit Agency in October 2009, April Stephenson had sought subpoena authority for policing contracts and proposed to expand caps on contractor executive pay, according to an emailed proposal obtained by the watchdog nonprofit Project on Government Oversight...