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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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An Ad Blitz to Protect Pay

February 9, 2012 Viewers of the Sunday talk shows this weekend can expect to witness the opening salvo in an ad campaign rushed out during budget season by the American Federation of Government Employees. The 30-second spot to air on ABC and CBS (and again Monday and Tuesday on CNN, Fox and MSNBC)...

IRS settles whistleblower suit, special counsel reports

February 9, 2012 The Internal Revenue Service has reached a settlement with a California-based employee who blew the whistle on mismanagement by a contractor, the Office of Special Counsel announced Wednesday. The case could have an impact on future cases involving the rights of employees to use government email to report problems. Charles...

House passes STOCK Act requiring disclosure by federal employees

February 9, 2012 The House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved its version of the so-called STOCK Act, which aims primarily at curbing insider trading by lawmakers, but also includes a provision to extend disclosure requirements to thousands of federal employees. The measure that will affect federal workers differs slightly from a similar provision in...

Contractors respond warily to Pentagon vow to preserve industrial base

February 8, 2012 Just days before the expected Feb. 13 release of President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget, the Defense Department’s top weapons buyer sought to reassure nervous contractors that the White House will protect vital industries even as it implements major cuts in procurement and personnel spending. Frank Kendall, acting undersecretary of Defense...

Timing the Trump News

February 8, 2012 Tuesday’s announcement that mega-developer Donald Trump is the preferred party to make a go of reviving the half-empty Old Post Office building in Washington may have stepped on the message of some in Congress who’ve long been pushing to accelerate the sale of unneeded federal properties. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif.,...

State Department to downsize presence in Iraq

February 8, 2012 In a significant shift, the State Department is cutting by half the cadre of diplomats it was planning to keep in Iraq following last December’s withdrawal of U.S. troops, The New York Times reported. Despite having built an embassy in Baghdad that is among the world’s largest, officials cited continuing...

House passes bill to create BRAC-like federal property board

February 7, 2012 The House on Tuesday voted to create a nine-member commission of private and public sector specialists to accelerate the sale of excess federal properties as a way to reduce the budget deficit. The Civilian Property Alignment Act (H.R. 1734) sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., passed 259-164. It would empower...

NOAA grapples with uncertainty over Obama reorganization plan

February 7, 2012 When President Obama last spring released a video soliciting ideas on modernizing government to better compete in the 21st century economy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was about to get thrown into the mix. “Move NOAA from DOC to DOI,” read a suggestion tagged No. 1979 and ranked No....

GAO's Shrinking Staff

February 7, 2012 For the first time in its 75-year history, the Government Accountability Office will see its staffing level fall below 3,000, Comptroller General Gene Dodaro warned in testimony about his agency's budget request released Tuesday morning. "We have carefully reviewed every aspect of our operations from a zero base to identify...

Momentum builds to require feds to disclose stock trades

February 3, 2012 The Senate’s passage Thursday of the so-called STOCK Act to require lawmakers to disclose investment transactions could rope thousands of federal employees into a new obligation to make public their own stock market moves to help prevent illegal insider training. Many lawmakers and government transparency advocates are pleased. Language by...