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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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Back Where We Started?

December 7, 2011 The reasoning behind the post-9/11 decision to move thousands of federal national security employees out of offices in close-in Washington suburbs was that their buildings were too vulnerable to terrorist truck bombs. Now comes a new fear -- examined in today's New York Times business section -- that the move...

Pentagon moves against conversion of in-house work to contractors

December 7, 2011 The Defense Department early this month reminded its personnel managers of the ban under current law on converting work recently performed in-house into service work for contractors. The memorandum from acting Defense Undersecretary Jo Ann Rooney comes as some in Congress want to apply the ban governmentwide. "As the department...

House passes third regulatory reform bill under veto threat

December 7, 2011 The House on Wednesday passed the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which would require a joint resolution of Congress to allow significant executive branch regulation to take effect. The 241-184 vote a day after President Obama threatened a veto. It is the third major regulatory...

Senator would expand whistleblower protections to contractors

December 6, 2011 Declaring that contractor employees now outnumber federal workers, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Tuesday sought to marshal arguments for "cleaning up the patchwork" of whistleblower-related laws and advancing a bill (S 241) to extend whistleblower protections to employees working under federal contracts. "Whistleblowers make a difference time and again," said...

White House pushes to confirm chief of consumer bureau

December 5, 2011 The Obama administration is pulling out all the stops before a Senate vote expected Thursday on the long-stalled nomination of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The push includes a report released Sunday by the National Economic Council and a series of media interviews in home states...

Dispute on the Shores of Tripoli

December 2, 2011 Among the many ramifications of the change in government in Libya is a newly opened fissure in the military community over an important historical legacy. As detailed in Friday's Washington Post, a movement of veterans, descendants and lawmakers is seeking to bring home the two-century-plus-old remains of 13 U.S. sailors...

Obama orders upgrades to energy efficiency of federal buildings

December 2, 2011 President Obama on Friday issued a presidential memorandum implementing a $2 billion plan to upgrade federal buildings for energy efficiency. The move follows the administration's earlier jobs push and Obama's more recent efforts to draw attention to the jobs bills stalled in Congress. "Upgrading the energy efficiency of America's buildings...

Senate-passed Defense bill would cap contractor pay

December 2, 2011 The 2012 Defense authorization bill, which the Senate passed Thursday night in a 93-7 vote, includes an amendment to cap the amount that defense contractors can be reimbursed for any employee's salary at $400,000. Such a cap is opposed by many in the contractor community, and the Obama administration has...

House-passed regulatory reforms face uphill battle

December 2, 2011 The Republican-controlled House made good on promises by passing two far-reaching regulatory reform bills long sought by many in industry, though the White House has vowed to veto both bills. On Friday, the House voted 253-167 for the Regulatory Accountability Act (H.R. 3010), a major reworking of the 1946 Administrative...

Trial By Fire

December 1, 2011 The National Labor Relations Board strives to remain neutral while adjudicating cases in a political pressure cooker. The work is not always pleasant at a so-called rogue agency. Ask any of the 1,600 employees at the National Labor Relations Board, where life has not been the same since the agency...