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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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Senate Democrats Offer New Deal to Prevent Sequester

February 14, 2013 Senate Democrats attending a closed-door luncheon on Thursday were shown a proposed $110 billion package of spending cuts and revenue gains to replace the $85 billion in automatic cuts under sequestration, the newspaper The Hill reported. Citing a “Democratic source,” the story said the plan would raise some $55 billion ...

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Senator Puts Wasteful Contractors and Agencies 'On Notice'

February 13, 2013 Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., written off by many political strategists last year as a poor prospect for reelection, has landed the chairmanship of a new and permanent Financial and Contracting Oversight subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs panel. “I’m putting every federal agency on notice-- any employee ...

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Scalia Doesn't Mince Words on State of the Union

February 12, 2013 If you were wondering why you didn't spot Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in the House chamber during Tuesday's State of the Union address, rest assured that he was absent for two reasons. First, note that he seldom attends the president's addresses, the last time being in the late ...

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Top Pentagon Brass Lay Out Details of Sequestration Nightmare

February 12, 2013 With less than three weeks to go before automatic governmentwide budget cuts, the entire leadership team at the Pentagon on Tuesday implored the Senate Armed Services Committee to cancel sequestration and adjust the continuing resolution set to run out March 27. In an emotional hearing that prompted lawmakers to criticize ...

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Comptroller warns government debt is unsustainable

February 12, 2013 Congress and the president have credibly trimmed deficits in the past 18 months but more far-reaching actions are needed to curb long-term government debt, the comptroller general warned on Tuesday. Laying out the Government Accountability Office’s agenda at the Association of Government Accountants National Leadership Conference, Gene Dodaro applauded the ...

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Pentagon Fails to Explain Sole-Source Contracts, GAO Says

February 11, 2013 The Defense Department has made scant headway in justifying its awards of sole-source contracting as required under a fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill, the Government Accountability Office found. From October 2009 to September 2012, the Pentagon awarded 51 sole-source contracts worth more than $20 million, GAO said in a Feb. ...

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Thousands of Organizations Mobilize Against Sequestration

February 11, 2013 Sequestration “is the most unpopular thing in Washington since the Dallas Cowboys,” said Association of American Universities President Hunter Rawlings, speaking at a Monday briefing for a new coalition of 3,500 organizations calling for an immediate end to the threat of automatic spending cuts. President Obama, Speaker John Boehner and ...

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Study: Contractors Exaggerate Job Loss From Defense Budget Cuts

February 8, 2013 Private industry’s warnings that automatic defense cuts under sequestration would cost more than 1 million jobs are exaggerated, according to a new study by a national security think tank. "Despite claims made by defense contractor funded reports, the Pentagon is not a jobs program,” said William Hartung, director of the ...

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How Your Government Advertises

February 8, 2013 “We’ve got the stuff you’ve been searching for all your life.” That irresistible come-on is at the center of a print advertisement for appearing in the February issue of Smithsonian magazine. The decade-old government portal formerly known as Firstgov offers “more than 50 million government resources you can use ...

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Recovery Board Gets New Lease on Life

February 8, 2013 Buried in the Hurricane Sandy relief bill signed by President Obama on Jan. 29 is a new task for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. The board, created under the 2009 Recovery Act and previously slated to expire Sept. 30, 2013, will now have two extra years to “develop and ...