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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 financial officers report modest progress toward clean books

September 16, 2011 The Defense Department's top team of financial managers on Thursday reported progress toward meeting the congressionally set goal of reforming the Pentagon's systems to be fully auditable by 2017, but they acknowledged many obstacles still must be overcome. "Since the mid-1990s, federal agencies have been required to produce auditable financial...

Biden tells Cabinet of agency progress in curbing waste

September 14, 2011 Vice President Joe Biden for the first time was briefing a Cabinet meeting on specific agency progress in the administration's Campaign to Cut Waste, according to senior White House and agency officials. The efficiencies Biden was announcing Wednesday come after a "steady drumbeat" of agency reports of new steps to...

No big budget deal before 2012 election, says former comptroller general

September 14, 2011 Addressing the nation's budget crisis requires a "grand bargain" -- even double the $1.5 trillion Congress aims to save by Thanksgiving -- and such a deal is politically unlikely until after the 2012 elections, former Comptroller General David Walker said on Wednesday. "We've got to present the American people with...

Kumbaya on Disaster Funds?

September 13, 2011 Last week House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and President Obama were talking past one another on the issue of additional funding to relieve communities devastated by Hurricane Irene. Cantor, having asserted that any new spending on disaster relief would have to be offset by other spending cuts, was demanding...

White House clarification of ‘inherently governmental functions’ draws criticism

September 13, 2011 The Office of Management and Budget's final letter on "inherently governmental functions" released on Monday was bound to draw some criticisms, and it did. The document, intended to help agencies achieve a better balance between work performed in-house and contracted out, includes lists of functions that are clearly inherently governmental...

Contracting services fails to save agencies money, report says

September 13, 2011 The outsourcing of federal services -- currently a $300 billion annual expense for taxpayers -- actually costs more than doing the work in-house, according to a years-in-the-making study released on Tuesday by the nonprofit watchdog group the Project on Government Oversight. Though outsourcing is designed to both save money and...

IRS whistleblower awards program faulted for delays

September 12, 2011 A 5-year-old program enhancing cash awards to tipsters who successfully expose tax cheats is beset by delays and inadequate tracking of cases, according to a new report that is prompting debate over whether the Internal Revenue Service has sufficient resources to run the program. "Whistleblower claims can take years to...

OMB announces final guidance on inherently governmental functions

September 9, 2011 Long-anticipated final guidance on "inherently governmental functions" is set for publication on Monday and should clarify confusion over blurred lines in agencies' understanding of which types of work should be outsourced, top officials at the Office of Management and Budget told reporters on Friday. The final policy, said Chief Performance...

Defense budget could fall by 31 percent in 10 years, think tank says

September 8, 2011 Planners of the defense budget face an unprecedented challenge in responding to new threats in a post-9/11 era at the same time resources are diminishing, experts said Thursday. The analysts from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments were speaking at the National Press Club on lessons learned 10 years...

Government’s response to 9/11 called positive and democratic

September 8, 2011 The federal government's centralized terrorist watch list, which was created after the 9/11 attacks from 12 separate lists at nine different agencies, has likely "kept a thousand terrorists out of the country," a veteran congressional intelligence committee staffer told a panel on Thursday. "If a couple of the 9/11 hijackers...