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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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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...

Fiscal stalemate will drag on into 2013, analyst forecasts

March 8, 2012 Longtime federal budget expert Stan Collender on Thursday predicted Congress will not pass any budget blueprints or spending bills before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30, and “the mother of all lame-duck sessions” in December will probably end with further delays on such key issues as the fate of the...

Small Business panel advances six pro-contractor bills

March 8, 2012 A package of six bills designed to steer more federal contract opportunities toward small businesses cleared the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday, amid bipartisan frustration at the Obama administration’s approach to helping what all parties see as a key sector for creating jobs. The marked-up bills would raise the...

Mine safety agency admits to faulty inspections

March 7, 2012 Federal inspectors failed to follow proper procedure in the 18 months leading up to the April 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia that caused 29 deaths, according to a report on an internal Labor Department review released Tuesday. Though a December 2011 report determined that...

VOA’s 70th Anniversary Draws VIP Crowd

March 7, 2012 With hundreds of employees and alumni in the audience, the Voice of America marked its 70th anniversary on Wednesday receiving video greetings from some very important personages. President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Myannmar’s Nobel Peace-Prize winning opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama all weighed...

TSA saves money through risk-based passenger screening

March 5, 2012 The Transportation Security Administration’s move from a one-size-fits-all to a risk-based model in airline passenger screening in recent years is saving the agency money, TSA Administrator John Pistole said Monday. Reviewing the past year’s accomplishments in a speech at the National Press Club, Pistole noted that TSA’s recent fiscal 2013...

IRS undercover operations should track expenses better, audit says

March 5, 2012 Undercover criminal investigations conducted by the Internal Revenue Service are respected by other law enforcement agencies but should be subject to stronger management controls, according to an audit released on Monday. In a report redacted for security reasons, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said the IRS’ criminal investigation...

Would You Be Covered Under the STOCK Act?

March 5, 2012 As Congress prepares to put the finishing touches on the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, some confusion in the legislative language is being highlighted by the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight. “The House version nearly mirrors the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 in listing the categories of senior...

Pentagon seeks to strengthen acquisition workforce

March 2, 2012 In an era of shrinking defense budgets, President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget forges ahead with existing plans to strengthen the acquisitions workforce through improved management and modest increases in hiring. Still, many in the contracting community appear resigned to seeing fewer opportunities as the government seeks a proper balance between...

Obama seeks feedback on federal grant reform

March 2, 2012 After meeting with the nation’s governors earlier in the week, the White House proposed a set of reforms to streamline and simplify the federal grants process. In an advance notice of proposed guidance published Tuesday in the Federal Register, the Office of Management and Budget announced that it was following...