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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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Pentagon Suffering From Civilian 'Bloat'?

August 31, 2011 The Defense Department's civilian workforce, which currently numbers around 750,000, is an example of the "bureaucratic bloat" the government has undergone in defense and intelligence since the 9/11 attacks, former Navy Secretary John Lehman said on Wednesday at a panel discussion by former members of the 9/11 Commission. When the...

9/11 Commission alumni blast failure to enact ‘no-brainers’

August 31, 2011 Ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the government still has not assured communications interoperability among first responders, or determined whether police or firefighters are the default authorities during a sudden disaster, according to reunited members of the 9/11 Commission who spoke on a panel Wednesday. "These ideas were no-brainers...

FEMA and the Federal Family

August 30, 2011 Perhaps just a coincidence, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency picked the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall -- perhaps the low point in FEMA's controversial history -- to publish on Monday an impressive time line of actions by the entire "federal family" in response to Hurricane Irene. A bonanza...

Expansion of Bethesda Naval Delayed

August 30, 2011 Just as patients were arriving from the closing Walter Reed Army Medical Center, planners at the National Naval Medical Center learned to their frustration of delays in the planned building expansion due an over-burdened power grid, the Washington Examiner reported on Tuesday. The local power station in Bethesda, Md., cannot...

Fight brewing over replenishing FEMA’s emergency funds after Hurricane Irene

August 30, 2011 With estimated damage from Hurricane Irene topping $7 billion, the White House and some in Congress are at odds over where to find money to replenish the disaster relief fund of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has dipped below the $1 billion level considered advisable. On Sunday, FEMA stirred...

Obama gives House speaker cost estimates for seven regulations

August 30, 2011 Acceding to a demand issued last week by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, President Obama on Tuesday sent the Republican leader cost estimates for seven pending regulations, though he challenged the assumptions behind the request. On Aug. 26, Boehner sent Obama a letter asking for cost estimates, by Labor Day,...

Pentagon contracting policy faulted in two reports

August 29, 2011 Defense Department contractors in war zones wasted more than $30 billion during the past decade through poor planning and management, the chairs of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan said on Monday in an op-ed previewing a report due out this week. During those same 10 years,...

Government’s post-9/11 reorganization called ‘worth the effort’

August 29, 2011 The famously chaotic creation of the Homeland Security Department that began in 2003 was "well-worth the effort," but "the merger initially resulted in mission overlaps and policy shortfalls, confused functional and operational roles and responsibilities, dissatisfied citizens and employees, intense political pressures, and public scrutiny," according to new analysis. The...

Archives facility joins Washington Monument among closed federal buildings

August 26, 2011 The National Archives and Records Administration announced Friday that its Suitland, Md., Washington National Records Center will remain closed through Aug. 29 due to damage from Tuesday's earthquake. Engineers are reviewing the damage, which included spalling and cracking of masonry in internal walls and stairwells, a small water leak in...

White House, Boehner face off on cost of regulations

August 26, 2011 House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Friday asked the White House for cost estimates on all pending regulations likely to have a price tag of more than $1 billion. The letter, which also claimed the volume of regulations is increasing, prompted a quick rebuttal from the Obama administration. "This year,...