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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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IT industry delivers advice on streamlining agency finance systems

June 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Controller Danny Werfel on Wednesday took delivery of a White House-requested software industry report on government financial management and said agency leaders are already held accountable for protecting taxpayers against overly long time frames for acquiring information technology systems that can be obsolete by the time they're up and running....

CBO throws wet blanket on proposal to sell federal properties

June 29, 2011 The Obama administration's plan to profitably dispose of excess federal buildings would actually cost the government money, according to a June 27 letter from the Congressional Budget Office. The plan, which has gained bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, "would increase direct spending by $60 million over the 2012 to 2021...

Agencies collaborate to manage drilling on public lands

June 28, 2011 In a unusual bid to improve energy security while safeguarding air quality, three federal agencies have signed a memorandum of understanding to streamline the process of mitigating the environmental impact of oil and gas drilling on public lands. The Environmental Protection Agency along with the Agriculture and Interior departments committed...

Boeing found to have overcharged Army for helicopter parts

June 28, 2011 The Army was charged $23 million for spare helicopter parts worth only $10 million, according to a Defense Department inspector general's report made public Tuesday by the Project on Government Oversight. Aerospace and defense contractor Boeing billed the Army $1,678.61 for a plastic roller assembly that was available for $7.71...

Economic benefits of regulations outweigh costs, OMB says

June 27, 2011 Cost-benefit analysis of major federal regulations over the past decade shows advantages outweighed expenses in most instances, according to the Office of Management and Budget's 14th annual report to Congress on regulatory costs. In the first of this series since President Obama's January executive order requiring agencies to review existing...

Federal grant-making procedures could be consolidated, controller says

June 23, 2011 The baffling array of procedures for obtaining federal grants could constructively be combined in a single document, Office of Management and Budget Controller Danny Werfel said during a House hearing Thursday. He was responding to a suggestion from Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., that codifying circulars from OMB with related documents...

Senators propose shrinking federal vehicle fleet

June 23, 2011 The sums the government spends buying and leasing "nonessential" motor vehicles would shrink by 20 percent under a bill introduced on Wednesday by Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. The proposal, originally offered by the fiscal commission appointed by President Obama, could save $500 million if enacted by...

A Whistleblowing Precedent

June 22, 2011 The charges of waste and poor performance leveled against the National Security Agency in a leak to the press by NSA employee Thomas Drake -- who on June 9 arrived at a plea bargain with federal prosecutors -- actually surfaced first in a 2004 Defense Department inspector general's report, according...

Acting ATF director dismisses speculation he’s quitting

June 22, 2011 Kenneth Melson, acting director of the troubled Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, is paying little heed to news reports speculating that he may step down in the wake of a House oversight panel's investigation suggesting he had advance knowledge of an ATF gun smuggling operation that went awry....

Former Fed chairman backs new plan for overhauling government

June 21, 2011 The latest comprehensive plan for reorganizing the federal government -- timed for release in the midst of a deficit crisis and low public regard for Washington's competence -- is an academic product that has won the blessing of former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. "It's...