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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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GSA Lease Rates Aren't Competitive with the Private Sector's

January 14, 2016 The government’s landlord could save money by bargaining more competitively when it leases space for agencies and by curbing unnecessary leasing fees, the Government Accountability Office found. The General Services Administration's lease rates exceeded comparable market rates by 10 percent or more in a large number of 714 leases that...

Budget Director Previews Fiscal 2017 Proposals in Baltimore

January 14, 2016 Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan on Wednesday traveled to Baltimore to help gain momentum for ideas in President Obama’s State of the Union address, unveiling several anti-poverty initiatives slated for next month’s fiscal 2017 budget submission. “Today’s announcements build upon the work this administration has undertaken in...

House Budget Chairman Wants to Rewrite 1974 Budgeting Law

January 13, 2016 The 42-year-old law laying out the congressional budget process needs serious reform, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., chairman of the House Budget Committee, said on Wednesday. “The Congressional Budget Office should be a lot more transparent and responsive to members” because the baselines it uses in its scoring of legislation “is...

Compensation for U.S. Iran Hostages Now Rests with Justice Department

January 13, 2016 The Justice Department was taken by surprise by the inclusion in the fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill of long-pending language to compensate the individuals and families of the 52 Americans taken hostage during the takeover of the U.S. embassy in Iran in 1979. The provision, championed by Sen. Johnny Isakson,...

Obama Asks for Political Reforms ‘To Reflect Our Better Selves’

January 12, 2016 In his final State of the Union address, President Obama on Tuesday night called for a “better politics” where Americans are willing to compromise and listen to other points of view. “The future we want — opportunity and security for our families; a rising standard of living and a sustainable,...

IRS Chief Counsel Handles Disciplinary Cases Properly -- for the Most Part

January 12, 2016 Despite some delays due to staffing shortages, the top legal office at the Internal Revenue Service properly adjudicated more than 600 reported cases of employee misconduct over a three-year period, a watchdog reported. The office, however, was too lax in some of its punishments, the report released Monday by the...

House Clears Bill to Get a Better Handle on the Cost, Performance of Federal Programs

January 12, 2016 The House on Monday passed bills aimed at boosting agency efficiency by creating a clearer inventory of federal programs and removing expired grant accounts from the books. The Taxpayers Right to Know Act (H.R. 598) would require agencies to report detailed cost and performance information on programs to the Office...

House Overseer Accuses Obama Administration of Playing 'Hide the Document'

January 11, 2016 The Obama administration “is unaware” that agency compliance with the Freedom of Information Act under its watch is “systematically broken,” according to a long-expected House Oversight panel report. A year in preparation and reflecting several hearings that gathered complaints from transparency advocates and journalists, the majority party’s report cited interference...

U.S. Aid Agency Can’t Accurately Locate Health Clinics in Afghanistan, IG Says

January 11, 2016 In the latest in an ongoing dust-up, the U.S. Agency for International Development is taking a hit for failing to accurately identify the locations of dozens of public health clinics it is helping the government of Afghanistan construct, many of which may be unsafe or unsanitary. In a Jan. 5...

House Clears Two Bills to Rein in Regulators

January 8, 2016 The House on Thursday approved two bills that would revamp rulemaking procedures at multiple agencies, largely on party-line votes that drew a veto threat from the White House. The Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act (H.R. 1155), sponsored by Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., would establish...