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Charles S. Clark

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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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Air Force announces civilian hiring freeze

August 15, 2011 The Air Force on has joined an array of military services and federal agencies that are downsizing, announcing implementation of an immediate civilian hiring freeze for 90 days. The move, which took effect Aug. 9, is in line with the service's commitment to stay within current requested spending levels, according...

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Pentagon faulted for not collecting contractor debts

August 15, 2011 The Defense Department has allowed delinquent contractors to avoid paying as much as $209 million owed the government, according to a letter released on Monday by four senators. The bipartisan group, whose members serve on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, asked the Pentagon for a current inventory of...

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Raining on HHS' Parade

August 12, 2011 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius proudly joined Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Doug Shulman Friday morning on a conference call with reporters for a far-reaching announcement on tax credits under the Affordable Care Act. Proposed rules published Friday by HHS and the Treasury Department award certain states $185 million...

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SEC faces new calls for its reorganization

August 12, 2011 While busy writing regulations to implement the new financial reform law, the Securities and Exchange Commission after Labor Day will see its current management structure scrutinized by House Republicans skeptical of the independent agency's effectiveness. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., is planning a fall hearing on already...

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A Nomination That Never Was

August 11, 2011 Seekers of federal jobs may be forgiven for puzzling over a front-page item in the tabloid Federal Jobs Digest for the week of July 22-Aug. 4. Next to a dynamic photo of Elizabeth Warren, the founder of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau whom President Obama pointedly did not nominate...

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Labor Department plans database to gauge discrimination by contractors

August 11, 2011 The Labor Department on Wednesday invited public comment on a proposal to create a new database of information on salaries, wages and benefits offered by federal contractors and subcontractors, with an eye toward curbing workplace discrimination. The proposed rule, still in the early planning stage, is aimed at improving the...

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IRS Snail Mails at a Snail's Pace

August 10, 2011 The Internal Revenue Service too often fails to produce timely and instructive letters to individual taxpayers, according to a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Not that every taxpayer is eager to open such missives, but efficient correspondence is a reasonable performance measure for such a...

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TSA chief sketches out the future of airline passenger screening

August 10, 2011 A decade from now, the screening of airline passengers could be far less intrusive, Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole said on Wednesday. The so-called Checkpoint of the Future, which the International Air Transport Association conceives as three quickly accessed sensor-lined tunnels that segregate passengers into low, medium and high risk...

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White House still reviewing plan for disclosing contractor campaign gifts

August 9, 2011 The White House has been largely silent since the April leak of a draft executive order that would require federal contractors to disclose their donations to political campaigns, a move actively opposed by Republican lawmakers and many in the contractor community. The issue was revived late last month when 62...

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White House Pay (Cont'd)

August 8, 2011 When the White House released its annual data on staff salaries in July, a gossip site called Gawker published a widely reproduced chart with a resentful headline "White House Staffers Got a Raise Last Year, And You Did Not." Gawker stated that 54 percent of White House staffers received pay...