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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charlie 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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Agencies Could Do More to Convert Properties to Aid Homeless

March 19, 2015 For decades, agencies seeking to sell off unneeded facilities have been required to offer groups that help the homeless a shot at acquiring or leasing their empty space. But too often the Defense and Housing and Urban Development departments operating under Base Closure and Realignment Commission rules fail to track...

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Calls for Chemical Safety Board Firings

March 19, 2015 The woes of the Chemical Safety Board intensified on Thursday with the release of a bipartisan letter from 14 members of the House Oversight and Government Reform panel calling on President Obama to fire three of the board’s top officials, including Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso. Citing misleading testimony, improper use of...

IRS Won’t Have to Furlough Employees After All, Commissioner Says

March 18, 2015 The threat of a “shutdown” at the IRS has eased, Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen told a House panel on Wednesday. Prospects for one or two-day furloughs, which he predicted in December, depended on the extent of savings achieved by reducing overtime hours during filing season, he said, and sufficient...

Agencies Will Cut 100 Million Hours of Paperwork, White House Says

March 18, 2015 President Obama’s 2011 regulatory review process is on track to save $20 billion over five years and eliminate 100 million hours of paperwork, according to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. In a Tuesday blog post, OIRA Administrator Howard Shelanski commended several agencies for identifying outdated and...

Getting the Living Off Social Security’s Deceased List May Take Legislation

March 17, 2015 Congressional testimony seldom gets more powerful than a first-hand account from a living victim whom the government had long declared dead. The tale of woe from witness Judy Rivers of Logan, Ala., on Monday combined with reform proposals from agency officials to produce rough consensus within a Senate panel that...

Nearly Half of the Largest Federal Contractors Are Also Receiving Federal Grants and Loans

March 17, 2015 Forty-nine of the federal government’s top 100 contractors also won grants, loans or tax credits over the past 15 years, according to a study released on Tuesday by the nonprofit research center Good Jobs First. Two-thirds of the $68 billion in federal business grants and tax credits since 2000 went...

Transparency Advocates Launch Sunshine Week with Mixed Reviews for Obama

March 16, 2015 Rookie President Obama’s 2009 vow to lead “the most transparent administration in history” continues to reverberate in the politically diverse community of transparency advocates, which is marking the 10th annual Sunshine Week (March 15-21) with an array of agency report cards and opinionated discussions. That vow “has become a joke...

Is There a 'Sickening Child Porn Crisis Infecting' the Federal Government?

March 16, 2015 The reported arrest on Sunday night of a State Department counter-terrorism official is only the latest indicator of a growing “crisis” of potential crimes against children by government employees, according to a roundup published Monday by The Daily Beast. Daniel Rosen, who according to news reports was arrested last month...

Why Agencies Often Resist Shared Services

March 13, 2015 The 30-year-old movement toward shared services has been bogged down by unclear transition guidelines and poor data on cost-effectiveness, a new study found. In interviews with the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte, chief financial officers at 18 agencies and other senior managers identified barriers and possible solutions to more...

Even CBO Is Stumped on the Size of the Contractor Workforce

March 12, 2015 How many contractor employees does the federal government rely on, at what cost per person, and how does that compare with the cost of assigning the same task to a full-time hire? When asked by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., ranking member of the House Budget Committee, the Congressional Budget...

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