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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 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...

Baby steps for government bookkeeping

March 1, 2012 The Defense Department’s lack of auditability, the Treasury Department’s inability to reconcile intragovernmental activity and an “ineffective process” for preparing financial statements are three long-standing impediments to getting the government’s books in order, the comptroller general told a House subcommittee Thursday. Billions of dollars in improper payments, unfocused information security...

Beyond the Radio Days

March 1, 2012 Some view Voice of America as “stuck in the 1950s with short-wave radios,” as one of the agency’s Washington-based Africa TV hosts recently phrased it. But the onslaught of 21st century communications has outfitted the one-time Cold War broadcasters with a wider global reach via the Web and social media....

Vive la Difference

February 29, 2012 The government of France, famous for its centralized authority over issues as detailed as school lesson schedules, recently issued a landmark language decision. No longer will public administrators employ the term “Mademoiselle” in official correspondence. The three-century-plus-old distinction between an unmarried and a married woman is considered passé by many...

Actions Speak Louder

February 29, 2012 Just days after senators complained of the ineffectiveness of a new software designed to ferret out fraudulent Medicare claims, the Justice and Health and Human Services departments were able to speak softly while wielding a big stick. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors announced that they had arrested a Texas doctor and...

Senator denounces Obama budget text on disclosure of contractor gifts

February 28, 2012 Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, says she has exposed language in the Obama administration’s fiscal 2013 budget that would keep open the possibility of controversial new requirements on federal contractors to disclose their campaign contributions. After a draft executive order was leaked in April 2011 indicating the administration was preparing such...

Watchdog finds tens of billions in cost cutting opportunities

February 28, 2012 This story has been updated. The Government Accountability Office on Tuesday issued a report identifying many overlapping or wasteful government functions, saying the government potentially could save tens of billions of dollars annually if the right remedies were pursued. The second of such annual reports, the 426-page document outlined 51...

Medicare anti-fraud software disappoints senators

February 27, 2012 Software designed to help Medicare managers zero in on fraudulent claims is showing disappointing results, according to three senators who evaluated a program that the Health and Human Services Department praises as an effective new anti-fraud tool. The Fraud Prevention system, a $77 million predictive analytics software program that the...

A Federal Employee Hits Back

February 27, 2012 Jason Ullner, a career Foreign Service Officer, fires back in an opinion piece in The Washington Post at those who would denigrate public service for political gain: Like many federal workers, I have sacrificed: a high-paying job in the private sector; a year of my life (and the first six...