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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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Sequestration would cut Defense by 10.3 percent -- in stages, says report

August 24, 2012 Absent a new budget deal between the White House and Congress, defense spending would be hit with an immediate 10.3 percent reduction that threatens the jobs of 108,000 civilian employees, according to an analyst’s new calculations of the looming sequestration threat. Not all those cuts, however, would kick in on ...

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Attending the conventions? You might want to brush up on the Hatch Act

August 24, 2012 It’s convention time. As Republicans gather in Tampa, Fla., and Democrats gather in Charlotte, N.C., federal employees hankering to make the scene might wish to remind themselves of the rules under the Hatch Act. As spelled out in guidelines prepared by the Office of Special Counsel, federal employees may attend ...

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Survey: Feds can and should continue attending conferences

August 23, 2012 As the Obama administration and Congress continue a crackdown on agency spending for travel and conferences, a clear majority of federal employees believe such gatherings are important and that their supervisors remain open to their participation, a new survey shows. An online poll conducted in mid-August by Government Executive’s research ...

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VA’s pricey ‘Patton’ spoof draws heat from lawmakers

August 22, 2012 At least three key lawmakers have sent letters to the Veterans Affairs Department demanding further details on two multimillion-dollar federal training conferences held in Florida last summer, specifically asking about a video featuring an actor reprising the famous opening scene from the 1970 film “Patton.” Ten days after the story ...

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Government is getting 'smarter,' management officials say

August 22, 2012 The Obama administration’s efforts to reduce government waste and create a “smarter” government are demonstrating results, and are motivated in part by current fiscal pressures that function like the profit motive in private enterprise, according to a team from the Office of Management and Budget. Speaking Tuesday at a conference ...

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Politics and the GSA Scandal

August 22, 2012 Robert Peck, the commissioner of the Public Buildings Service who was dismissed after disclosures of his involvement in the ill-fated 2010 Las Vegas training conference thrown by a team at the General Services Administration, has weighed in—if only cryptically—on his view of his April termination. The longtime real estate attorney ...

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Pentagon showing only modest progress toward clean books

August 21, 2012 The Defense Department is at “considerable risk” of not meeting its internal goal of a clean budgetary statement by 2014 and fulfilling Congress’s mandate of auditable financial statements by 2017, a key auditor said on Tuesday. Dan Blair, the Defense Department’s deputy inspector general for auditing, said that despite the ...

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Marine Corps pressured to end sponsorship of Ultimate Fighting

August 20, 2012 A months-old campaign to pressure the Marine Corps to end its three-year-old sponsorship of the Las Vegas-based Ultimate Fighting Championship has reached the highest level at the Defense Department. A coalition of Nevada-based union members, veterans, gay rights activists and anti-violence organizations recently delivered a letter to Defense Secretary Leon ...

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FAA’s last-minute denial of conference funds irks black employee group

August 20, 2012 An abrupt decision in late July to deny employees previously approved travel funds to attend a training conference for black aviation employees in Las Vegas has left many at the Federal Aviation Administration disappointed and confused, Government Executive has learned. A directive from the top levels of the Transportation Department ...

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OMB Takes Heat From Both Sides

August 17, 2012 President Obama’s regulatory chief is taking some hits from the right and left as he gives up a Washington hot seat for the groves of academia. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, published a blast at the Obama team’s “three years of bureaucratic excess” in Friday's Wall Street Journal. In a piece ...