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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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Reliance on contractors in Afghanistan draws continuing scrutiny

February 24, 2012 The use of contractors in the decade-long U.S. effort to train Afghanistan’s army and police forces continues to raise policy questions as the Obama administration struggles to meet its goal of winding down the American troop presence in the volatile region. The Government Accountability Office on Thursday reported that the...

CBO scores bill to require online posting of program spending

February 24, 2012 A bill requiring agencies for the first time to post spending at the program level on a central website would cost some $115 million over the next four years, the Congressional Budget Office reported Thursday. The average cost of implementing computer upgrades and administrative changes for the 24 major departments...

Signs of friction in contractor-government relations

February 23, 2012 Contractor relationships with federal auditors and contracting officers deteriorated somewhat during the past year as government agencies scaled back programs in an effort to reduce the budget deficit, according to a recent survey. A separate study released Thursday found that large companies were securing a high percentage of federal contracts...

Consumer finance bureau under Cordray makes its presence felt

February 23, 2012 Richard Cordray, the recess-appointed director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has hit the ground running in recent weeks, proposing several major rules, testifying before Congress on his budget and appearing in public to gauge consumer sentiment. And though Republican lawmakers have continued their quest to trim Cordray’s power and...

A Threat to Stars and Stripes?

February 23, 2012 The Pentagon’s bid to save $1 million by moving the editorial offices of the famed Stars and Stripes newspaper has some of its once-ink-stained scribes upset about possible interference from the brass. As Paul Farhi reports in the Washington Post, the planned move of the staff from the National Press...

Obama regulatory affairs chief wins plaudits for upgraded website

February 22, 2012 Long-in-the-works improvements to the White House-managed website Regulations.gov made public on Tuesday are drawing praise from advocates from both camps in the ongoing debate over how heavily the government should regulate. Cass Sunstein, administrator of the Office of Regulatory and Information Affairs, said in a blog post Tuesday that “Regulations.gov...

Military whistleblower cases at risk of being dismissed prematurely

February 22, 2012 The Pentagon inspector general’s office -- which conducts an ongoing campaign to encourage legitimate whistleblowers to come forward -- could be closing some of its investigations of military reprisal cases prematurely, auditors said in a report released Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office assessment -- a draft version of which was...

Homeland Security headquarters move strained by budget request

February 17, 2012 The Obama administration’s proposal for a modest bump-up in spending on the Homeland Security Department’s headquarters consolidation is unlikely to help planners of the ongoing moves and property improvements get back on schedule, observers say. In his fiscal 2013 budget released Feb. 13, President Obama called for $89 million for...

Obama tells trade agencies to seek efficiencies in promoting exports

February 17, 2012 Again invoking his We Can’t Wait [for Congress] campaign, President Obama on Friday issued a memorandum to instill more effective use of the government’s trade, foreign investment, export and business program functions. Coming on a day when the president is visiting a Boeing Co. plant in Washington state to promote...

Senior executives group opposes STOCK Act disclosure requirements

February 16, 2012 The chief association for career federal executives has come out against portions of legislation aimed at cracking down on insider trading by lawmakers, saying the so-called STOCK Act that has cleared both chambers of Congress would “unnecessarily and detrimentally affect career senior executives.” The STOCK Act seeks to clarify an...