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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.

Results 861-870 of 2004

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Senior Leaders Advised to Adopt an 'Us' Mentality

August 14, 2013 At a joint meeting this week of the two dozen agencies assigned to improve Americans’ health, a private-sector consultant with years of federal experience told participants that they are “great at admiring the problem.” But progress on the government’s major challenges will come only when more senior executives recognize the ...

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Small Businesses Scrambling More for Federal Contracts

August 13, 2013 Tighter agency budgets have forced small businesses to step up their efforts to win federal contracts, though overall bidding activity over the past five years has dropped, according to a survey by American Express OPEN. Though the companies surveyed -- many of them owned by women and minorities -- have ...

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State Department to Issa: Yes, We'll Send Benghazi Documents--Again

August 13, 2013 The State Department on Monday affirmed that it will continue working to meet House Republicans’ ongoing demands for documents relating to the agency’s handling of the September 2012 fatal attack on the U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya. In the latest request, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight ...

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Government Printing Office Wants a New Name, Same Initials

August 12, 2013 Davita Vance-Cooks, who will be sworn in as the next public printer on Aug. 21, has made no secret of her goals for maintaining the relevance of the Government Printing Office by embracing the digital revolution. The modern incarnation of the 152-year-old agency, as it works to phase out many ...

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IRS Reviews Letters Sent to Small Businesses, Defends New Approach

August 12, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service in recent days has faced criticism from a House committee chairman and from business owners quoted in a front-page Wall Street Journal story for letters sent to thousands of small businesses suggesting they might have underreported income. The complaints come at a time when the agency ...

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Archives on Schedule in Declassification Push

August 9, 2013 The three-year-old National Declassification Center at the National Archives has plowed through 80 percent of a long-standing backlog of documents that are 25 years old or older, according to its seventh biannual report. Declassifiers are on schedule to meet a year-end deadline for fully determining which of some 357 million ...

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Timing Is Key for a Coveted IRS Witness

August 9, 2013 Since the Internal Revenue Service scandal broke last May, Republican lawmakers have coveted hearing testimony from William Wilkins, the agency’s chief counsel and an Obama political appointee. Their appetites were further whetted after July interviews with mid-level IRS employees indicated that one reason for the now-notorious delays in an IRS ...

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Insiders Offer Glimmers of Hope for Avoiding a Government Shutdown

August 9, 2013 This August’s $1 billion question in Washington continues to be whether the government is heading for a shutdown. The conundrum embroils the two parties in internecine battles, pits spending priorities against political tactics and leaves the affected federal workforce to largely watch from the sidelines. Interviews with Washington insiders show ...

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Government Should Operate More as a Single Enterprise, Report Says

August 8, 2013 Rather than function like a “holding company” for a hundred entities, the federal government should reform its management structure to operate routinely as a single enterprise, according to a report released Thursday by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and the Booz Allen Hamilton consulting firm. Four top officials from ...

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Rule Would Boost Consideration of Contractor Past Performance

August 7, 2013 A proposed rule published Wednesday would update the Federal Acquisition Regulation to help agencies consider past performance of contractors in awarding new work while shortening the comment period available to affected firms. The industry appears receptive. As required by the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act President Obama signed on ...