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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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Energy Officials Were Confused About Secrecy Surrounding Electric Grid

February 5, 2015 Despite the well-known risk that terrorists could target the nation’s electric grid, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission displayed confusion last summer over whether to publicly disclose details of a “vulnerability analysis” of the nationwide electric grid, according to the Energy Department’s inspector general. “While commission officials took steps to identify...

House Approves Bill to Curb Regulation, Despite Veto Threat

February 5, 2015 The House on Wednesday approved a long-sought regulatory reform bill that had already prompted a White House veto threat, establishing a pattern likely to continue throughout the 114th Congress. The Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act, sponsored during the past four congresses by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., passed 250-173. It...

Justice Department Exec Pulled Strings to Get Son Hired, IG Finds

February 4, 2015 A federal executive in the Washington office of Interpol broke ethics rules in seeking internships and jobs for his son and the son’s friends, according to a review released Wednesday by the Justice Department inspector general. Warren Lewis was executive officer in the stateside office of the international crime-fighting body...

When Obama’s Veto Threat Is Serious

February 4, 2015 White House veto threats, which come in the form of “Statements of Administration Policy” sent to reporters by the Office of Management and Budget, usually adhere to a standard format. “If the president were presented with this legislation, his senior advisers would recommend that he veto this bill,” goes the...

FOIA Reform Bills Revived in Both Chambers of Congress

February 4, 2015 Bipartisan legislation to toughen the Freedom of Information Act has been reintroduced just weeks after advocates ran out of time in the previous Congress. The FOIA Improvement Act, introduced by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Tuesday won an endorsement from newly installed Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen....

Obama Administration Frustrates Inspectors General on Records Access

February 3, 2015 A little-noticed passage in President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget is combining with delays by FBI records managers to frustrate inspectors general and their congressional allies in their efforts to clarify the watchdogs’ authority to gain full access to agency documents. A Tuesday hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform...

NTEU Troops Blitz Congress Seeking 3.8 Percent Pay Raise, End to Sequestration

February 3, 2015 Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, has a voting record that scores 100 percent approval from the National Treasury Employees Union. So it was no surprise that she brought hundreds of members to their feet when she told NTEU’s legislative conference on Tuesday that “I stand with you.” Taking aim at the...

Obama's Budget Offers 'Smart' Spending Cuts to Pay for Management Initiatives, End to Sequestration

February 2, 2015 President Obama’s $4 trillion fiscal 2016 budget would rely on new revenues and “smart spending cuts” to continue the administration’s investments in its second-term management agenda and to help pay for an end to sequestration and a $38 billion boost in defense spending, while lowering the deficit. Newly released budget...

Obama Revives Agency Consolidation Proposal

February 2, 2015 Advance summaries of President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget say the $4 trillion plan will include proposals to “consolidate and reorganize government agencies to make them leaner and more efficient,” according to a Monday White House fact sheet. That could mean a resurrection of a plan Obama offered in January 2012...

Obama's Budget Would Cut Just 3,500 Pentagon Civilian Jobs

February 1, 2015 President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget to be released Monday is expected to propose $35 billion more in defense funding than the current spending caps would allow, as well as a reduction of 3,500 civilian positions, according to a think tank analyst and news reports. The expected $534 billion Pentagon top...

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