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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 regulatory chief draws skepticism from GOP House members

January 26, 2011 In his first appearance before a panel of the new Republican-led House, the Obama administration's point man on the president's regulatory review on Wednesday promised an increased agency awareness of the burdens that regulations might impose on small businesses and job creation -- eliciting a barrage of skeptical queries from...

Agencies learn from missteps during last year’s flooding in Nashville

January 25, 2011 Federal agencies are revamping their data-sharing and communications practices along the lines of criticisms laid out last week in a National Weather Service self-assessment of the May 2010 response to deadly flooding around Nashville, Tenn. The report, written by a team of Weather Service specialists not directly involved in the...

EPA tops list of pending regulations under review

January 24, 2011 The week President Obama announced his controversial governmentwide search for outdated or inefficient regulations, the White House online dashboard that tracks pending regulations under review showed that the Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for the lion's share. Of the 130 final or proposed rules the Office of Information and Regulatory...

SEC transparency faulted by watchdog group

January 21, 2011 The Securities and Exchange Commission has been remiss in posting reports by its inspector general that probe employee behavior in such areas as conflicts of interest, misuse of travel funds and retaliation against whistleblowers, according to a compendium released Thursday by the Project on Government Oversight. "These Are the Investigative...

Interior announces new structure for regulating deepwater drilling

January 19, 2011 The Interior Department created two independent bureaus and an advisory panel on Wednesday as Secretary Ken Salazar announced widespread structural changes designed to streamline federal regulation and response to emergencies related to deepwater oil drilling. In the third major reorganization since the April 2010 massive oil spill from BP's Macando...

Port security technology vetting comes up short in scientists' study

January 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A panel of scientists has faulted the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office's performance testing of electronic devices designed to scan trucks as they drive through the nation's ports. In a partially redacted report released on Thursday, a National Academy of Sciences committee said the office, created in 2005 as part of...

Federal workers’ compensation payments called wasteful

January 13, 2011 The law that compensates federal workers for lost pay and medical expenses due to job-related injuries or disease is vulnerable to fraud and should be audited by the Government Accountability Office, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said on Tuesday. Possible abuses of the Federal Employees' Compensation Act include payments to deceased...

EEOC reports record rise in bias complaints, progress in trimming backlog

January 12, 2011 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday reported that private sector job discrimination complaints rose to an unprecedented level of nearly 100,000 in fiscal 2010, an increase of 6,715 over the previous year, while the agency documented clear progress in reducing a backlog of unprocessed charges. Through its programs in...

State Department revises its gender-neutral passport wording

January 11, 2011 A weekend dust-up pitting gay rights advocates against cultural conservatives prompted the State Department on Monday to recast a newly redesigned passport application form. On Dec. 22, 2010, State's Bureau of Consular Affairs published what it assumed to be a routine announcement of a new forgery-resistant version of its Consular...

Chamber of Commerce: Regulatory agencies overwhelmed

January 11, 2011 In his annual issues review called "The State of American Business," U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donahue on Tuesday denounced the Obama administration's "tsunami [of] unprecedented regulatory activity," taking some shots at the capacity of several agencies to handle their new workload. "We cannot allow this nation to move...