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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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Civil Rights Official Reportedly Chosen as Labor Secretary

March 11, 2013 President Obama is set to name Thomas Perez, a civil rights official at the Justice Department, as his new Labor secretary, according to weekend news reports. Unnamed inside sources told both the Associated Press and CNN that Obama would soon announce the selection of Perez to replace the departed Hilda ...

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Pentagon’s Internal Feud Over Contract Auditing Takes a New Twist

March 8, 2013 The ongoing dispute over the quality of work at the Defense Contract Audit Agency took a new turn on Thursday with the release of a Defense Inspector General’s Office report criticizing the professional judgment used in DCAA assignments dating back to 2010 and earlier. The March 7 report -- which ...

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BRAC Savings Estimates Were Flawed, Report Says

March 8, 2013 The 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Commission may have achieved recurring annual savings, but flawed cost estimates produced a doubling of anticipated expenses, the Government Accountability Office reported on Thursday. Auditors also recommended improved methodology for predicting new costs in base construction, information technology and personnel during future BRACs. “By ...

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GOP Senator Claims Furloughs Are a Scare Tactic, Offers Alternatives

March 8, 2013 This story has been updated. Perennial anti-waste campaigner Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., on Friday accused the Obama administration of pretending “it can’t find savings” while employing scare tactics such as threatening furloughs during the sequestration debate. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Coburn offered examples of waste in three agencies ...

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Four Agencies' Varied Approaches to Sequestration

March 7, 2013 Uncertainty appears to be the one constant shared by agencies grappling with sequestration, as suggested in the diverse approaches being taken by four in a sampling by Government Executive. The president’s March 1 sequestration order, as described by the Office of Management and Budget, requires a 7.8 percent reduction in ...

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GSA’s Step Toward Selling Old Heating Plant Draws Barbed Praise

March 7, 2013 House Republicans have long criticized the General Services Administration for insufficient speed in selling unneeded federal properties, and with the recent announcement of a successful auction to attract a buyer for the aging Georgetown Heating Plant, their barbs were tempered only partially. “GSA is pleased to report that the Georgetown ...

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CFTC Chief Noncommittal on Staying for Obama’s Second Term

March 6, 2013 Gary Gensler, the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, has been invited to stay through another term, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. But Gensler said he is still mulling his next move. The CTFC, an independent regulatory body, and the Securities and Exchange Commission are immersed in ...

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Inspectors General Dragged Into Sequestration Debate

March 5, 2013 Two agency deputies and their inspectors general on Tuesday were pulled into Congress’ politicized debate over finding alternatives to the automatic spending cuts now unfolding under sequestration. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., called the hearing to counter what he dismissed as mere “stories” from the ...

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Hunting for 'Great Ideas' Should Be an Everyday Affair, GSA Chief Says

March 5, 2013 The Great Ideas Hunt among General Services Administration employees last year should become an everyday practice at all agencies, acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini said Tuesday. The in-house dialog on innovation, which produced 632 promising ideas for new efficiencies and has so far saved $6 million, “tapped into a well of ...

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Obama’s Pick for Budget Director Greeted Warmly, If Politically

March 4, 2013 Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the philanthropy executive and Clinton administration veteran whom President Obama named on Monday as his next budget director, drew praise from Capitol Hill for her qualifications, though Republicans used the announcement as another chance to call for deficit reduction and timely budget submissions. Standing with Burwell and ...