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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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Medicare Data Fight Continues

December 14, 2011 The Health and Human Services Department on Dec. 5 issued a final rule that for the first time opens up its massive, decades-old database of Medicare claims to the public, under certain conditions. But to some audiences the rule was notable for what it did not address. As called for...

Final Defense bill contains key contractor provisions

December 14, 2011 The latest version of the $662 billion Defense authorization bill that Congress is set to vote on resolves two controversies affecting contractors that played out this year. House and Senate negotiators have struck deals on reimbursement caps on contractor pay and on the issue of whether contractors should be required...

White House rebuts Wall Street Journal editorial on regulation

December 14, 2011 The use of certain federal statistics to bemoan a "surge" in regulations under President Obama, as practiced by opinion molders on The Wall Street Journal's editorial page Wednesday, is an approach the White House rejects. In an editorial headlined "Regulation for Dummies," the Journal recapped the ongoing dispute with Office...

White House touts progress fighting waste, announces new initiatives

December 13, 2011 The White House on Tuesday made a push to highlight its six-month-old Campaign to Cut Government Waste, announcing recovery of $5.6 billion from civil and criminal fraud cases, curbing production of commemorative presidential coins, and unveiling a plan to crack down on wasteful and unsafe abuse of prescription drugs. Reporting...

In Good Government, We're No. 24!

December 12, 2011 Decrying the current wave of anti-government rhetoric, Cornell University economist Robert H. Frank on Sunday took to the pages of The New York Times on Sunday to write that "incessant government bashing isn't making it any easier to recruit the kind of people who make good government." He cites results...

GAO coaches lawmakers on maximizing cross-agency performance

December 12, 2011 The 2010 update to the Government Performance and Results Act presents a "powerful opportunity for agencies to collect and report more timely and useful performance information on crosscutting programs," the Government Accountability Office said in a new report. Members of Congress can effectively use such information in decision-making, as demonstrated...

When the FBI Protected a Beatle

December 9, 2011 As part of its openness policy, the FBI this month showcased its new electronic reading room, known as The Vault, by highlighting recent release of 1970s-era documents the bureau kept on the world-famous musician John Lennon, who at the time was living in New York City. In their surveillance, the...

Plan to relocate FBI headquarters advances

December 9, 2011 Consensus is building on a long-discussed plan to move the FBI's headquarters out of the nearly four-decade-old J. Edgar Hoover building in Washington. On Thursday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted unanimously for a resolution to direct the General Services Administration to pursue signing a lease in the...

Obama open government project critiqued by transparency groups

December 8, 2011 Two years after President Obama issued his open government directive, his administration is highlighting agency accomplishments while transparency advocates propose improvements. The Dec. 8, 2009, directive gave agencies deadlines of just months for ensuring disclosure of government information is the default stance, instilling greater citizen input in policymaking, and encouraging...

Labor Department asks contractors to step up hiring of disabled workers

December 8, 2011 The Labor Department on Friday will propose requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to increase their hiring of employees with disabilities, mandating a specific goal of 7 percent. "This proposed rule represents one of the most significant advances in protecting the civil rights of workers with disabilities since the passage of...