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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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Justice Department’s muffin controversy reheats

September 26, 2011 This story has been updated. Last week's much discussed report that Justice Department employees filed expense reports for hotel breakfast muffins costing $16 was rebutted by an agency spokeswoman over the weekend, but that hasn't quieted a senator who wants Justice to better economize. Responding to a media onslaught and...

Better oversight of contracts called key to repairing Pentagon ledgers

September 23, 2011 Improving oversight and administration of defense contracts is the key to victory in Pentagon financial managers' struggle to meet a 2017 deadline for auditable books, a Defense Department deputy inspector general official said Friday. "From the contract officer level to the contract officer on the ground, the more improvement in...

Dollar Value of IGs

September 22, 2011 The latest numbers on the effectiveness of the government's 62 inspectors general are now available in a Government Accountability Office report, which quantifies their value in the eternal battles against waste, fraud and abuse: a potential $18 for every dollar invested, GAO said. In fiscal 2009, IGs "identified $43.3 billion...

Senators vow to continue work of expiring wartime contracting panel

September 22, 2011 Harry Truman "would be shocked," Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., told a Senate panel Wednesday during the final hearing on the expiring Wartime Contracting Commission that was modeled on World War II anti-corruption investigations led by the 33rd president. Nearly one-third of the $206 billion that the United States has spent...

Plan to further restrict contact with lobbyists draws criticism

September 21, 2011 Lobbyists and good government groups are finding fault with a proposed rule that would widen restrictions on the freedom of millions of federal employees to accept small gifts and to attend events with registered lobbyists. The proposed new standards by the Office of Government Ethics, published in the Federal Register...

Intelligence agencies lauded for progress toward balanced use of contractors

September 20, 2011 The nation's 16 federal intelligence agencies together make a "model of sensitivity" on the importance of rebalancing what many see as the past decade's overreliance on outside contractors to perform inherently governmental work, the Obama administration's top procurement policy official told a Senate panel during a hearing Tuesday. But contractors...

Shovel-Ready Agency Funds

September 19, 2011 Rolled into the Obama administration's jobs and deficit-cutting blitz is an effort to boost the economy by accelerating agency spending of quickly depleting stimulus money. In a little-noticed memo to agencies on Thursday, Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew called on agencies to speed their discretionary grant money...

Obama jobs and deficit proposal targets contractor executive pay

September 19, 2011 President Obama's economic growth and deficit reduction plan released Monday includes a long-awaited provision that would lower the cap on the maximum executive compensation reimbursable to federal contractors. A report accompanying the Obama administration's proposed jobs legislation, which spells out plans to save $3 trillion over 10 years, recommends an...

Alumni Loyalty to the SEC

September 16, 2011 Interesting turn of events with Harvey Pitt, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission under the George W. Bush administration who resigned under fire. The longtime attorney for the financial industry at a hearing on Thursday came out against plans by Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee to...

Four departments resist call to comply with Small Business Act

September 16, 2011 Conflicting interpretations of agency internal reporting requirements in the Small Business Act have prompted a stalemate between four departments and congressional overseers examining the performance of programs designed to assure that small businesses get a fair share of federal contracting. The Government Accountability Office in a report had found that...