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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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Obama sends up draft bill for reorganization authority

February 16, 2012 As promised, acting budget director Jeffrey Zients on Thursday sent Congress the Obama administration’s proposed legislation to widen its authority to consolidate agencies. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Zients said the “government needs to be leaner, smarter and more consumer-friendly to give our communities, businesses and...

Congress urged to seize opportunity to reorganize government

February 16, 2012 Congress should seek to combine President Obama’s request for government reorganization authority with the current Republican goal of trimming the federal workforce, a panel of senators and outside experts told a House panel on Wednesday. Using the provocative title, “Why Reshuffling Government Agencies Won't Solve the Federal Government's Obesity Problem,"...

New agency performance goals called helpful but incomplete

February 15, 2012 President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget announced that agency leaders, for the first time, had set objectives “in areas where cross-agency coordination or learning, regular review, and designation of a goal leader are expected to accelerate progress.” Sample cross-agency goals ranged from increasing U.S. exports to reducing the cost of clean...

HHS and Justice tout collaboration to combat Medicare fraud

February 14, 2012 Calling the 2010 health care reform law “the most significant anti-health fraud law in American history,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday joined with Attorney General Eric Holder to announce that a record of almost $4.1 billion in taxpayer dollars were recovered in fiscal 2011 from individuals...

Obama would restore recent cuts in IRS budget

February 14, 2012 President Obama’s fiscal 2013 request for the Internal Revenue Service is aimed at restoring funding that Republicans trimmed in 2011 as part of an ongoing political battle over the tax-collecting agency. The administration as part of the Treasury Department budget asked for $12.8 billion, which would be an increase of...

Obama budget seeks savings via management reforms

February 13, 2012 President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget released Monday is being billed as a blueprint that invests in short- and long-term needs through a balanced approach of increased revenues and spending cuts. It also offers “scores of cuts and consolidations,” including more than $7.5 billion in administrative savings. Appearing at Northern Virginia...

Contractor Casualties

February 13, 2012 Among the American deaths in the Afghanistan war in 2011 were 430 employees of American contractors, The New York Times reported on Sunday. That’s more than the 418 U.S. troops who died the same year. The deceased contractors included 386 working for the Defense Department, 43 for the U.S. Agency...

Subsidizing Contractor Retirements?

February 10, 2012 The nonpartisan group Citizens Against Government Waste has gone on the warpath against the practices many agencies use in reimbursing major contractors for the retirement costs of their employees. While most companies in recent decades have switched over from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans, many contractors continue to...

GAO faults Pentagon data measuring insourcing

February 10, 2012 Days before the release of the Obama administration’s fiscal 2013 defense budget, the Pentagon’s three-year effort to move more contractor work in-house drew criticism from auditors for lacking clear and internally consistent data measuring progress. The Government Accountability Office, in an assessment released Thursday and required under the 2011 Defense...

State Department gets mixed review on Keystone pipeline process

February 10, 2012 The State Department energy specialists in the eye of the political storm over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline conducted themselves with objectivity as they communicated with the relevant companies and the Canadian government, State’s inspector general said in a report made public Friday. The IG, however, questioned whether State possesses...