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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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A Deficit Forecast the White House Can Get Behind

March 16, 2012 The White House budget office and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office have long provided different projections of the long-term federal budget deficit. But on Friday, Jeffrey Zients, President Obama’s acting budget director, pushed out a blog post claiming vindication from a brand-new CBO study on assertions made in the president’s...

State Department executive: No ‘fantasy world’ about budget

March 15, 2012 Taxpayers are getting a better return on investment from the State Department than any other federal agency, the department’s chief operating officer said Thursday. He also stressed that diplomats are well aware of the fiscal crisis that is forcing Americans to economize. Thomas Nides, deputy secretary of State for management...

Obama FOIA efforts earn mixed grades

March 15, 2012 Many federal agencies have failed to track basic information in response to Freedom of Information Act requests, according to a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee study released Thursday. A separate, rosier study from nonprofit OMBWatch noted FOIA progress compared to previous years. The congressional evaluation based on 180 requests...

DARPA Chief Googles It

March 15, 2012 Word is out that Regina Dugan is leaving her post as director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to sign on with the empire of search-engine giant Google. But it looks like an ongoing Defense Department Inspector General’s office audit of DARPA contracts and conflict-of-interest policies will continue. As...

Sequestration specter already is making its mark on contractors

March 14, 2012 Neither the government nor the aerospace industry can afford to sit and wait for the sequestration required under budget law to kick in on Jan. 2, 2013, an industry chief said Wednesday. The mere threat of across-the-board spending cuts already has had a “chilling effect” on companies that are vital...

Friction between union, managers at Social Security goes public

March 13, 2012 Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry responded Tuesday to a complaint about a lack of managers at labor-management meetings at the Social Security Administration. Since President Obama extended an executive order encouraging labor-management forums at agencies, SSA employee Patricia Spade said, the group at her department consists only of...

Congress urged to slow down on pay and benefits reforms

March 13, 2012 The flurry of recent congressional proposals to cut federal pay and benefits could damage recruitment and retention if changes are not slowed and allowed to settle, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry said Tuesday. Though not all the bills are motivated by the desire to attack federal workers, Berry...

Contractor Says Taxes Being Paid

March 12, 2012 An attorney for Leonie Industries has written a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and lawmakers disputing USA Today's recent assertion that the largest U.S. contractor in Afghanistan owes back taxes. Patton Boggs attorney Clark K. Ervin wrote on March 9 that the leaders of the firm in recent years...

Agencies restrict media access, survey of journalists finds

March 12, 2012 Reporters who cover the federal government encounter roadblocks that hinder their ability to keep the general public informed, according to a survey released Monday. The Society of Professional Journalists found that agency press staff subjected reporters to “alarming” rules requiring preapproval of interviews with employees, some outright prohibitions on interviews...

Where the White House Lets the Sunshine In

March 12, 2012 Using a headline straight out of the rock musical “Hair,” two top White House officials embarked on the news industry-sponsored Sunshine Week on Monday with a recap of the Obama administration’s projects promoting open government. In a blog titled “Let the Sunshine In,” Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs administrator...