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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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GSA's Budget Request Invests in FBI and FEMA Headquarters, Tech Upgrades

February 10, 2016 Unlike many proposals in President Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget, the General Services Administration’s requests include many long-term funding streams for concrete projects that will outlast the current administration, among them new headquarters for the FBI and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In addition, GSA hopes to continue its recent push...

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Intel Community Discloses Top-Line Budget Request of $53.5 Billion

February 10, 2016 As required since 2012, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Tuesday joined with the rest of the Obama administration in publicly releasing its fiscal 2017 budget request. The $53.5 billion request, a slight drop from last year’s, includes funding to support war-zone overseas contingency operations. No further...

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Obama Budget Supports a Larger Federal Workforce

February 9, 2016 President Obama’s $4.1 trillion dollar budget for fiscal 2017—the last of his presidency and one that may be overshadowed by election-year politics—is an “investment in what kind of country we aspire to be,” White House officials said on Tuesday. “As we make these investments to meet our greatest challenges, we...

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Agency Websites Found to Be More Jargon-Filled Today Than 5 Years Ago

February 9, 2016 The U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Mint topped rankings of 30 federal agency websites for readable, concise and orderly writing released on Tuesday. The study, the second in five years from the editorial software maker VisibleThread, concluded that “federal agency website communication is worse today than it was five...

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Agencies Are Increasingly Reliant on Industry for Innovation

February 9, 2016 Federal research and development funds have been slashed by 15 percent since 2010, particularly in defense, which leaves today’s agency acquisition professionals more dependent than ever on industry partners for innovation, says a report released on Tuesday. “This creates a need for government to get creative, as it is no...

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With Presidential Field Still Narrowing, GSA Prepares for Transition

February 8, 2016 Under a 2010 law, White House staff, key agencies and major “eligible” presidential candidates are encouraged to ignore opponents who call them presumptuous and proceed months or even years before a presidential election to set up transition staffs and offices. In this cycle, the spadework has fallen to Mary Gibert,...

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Budget Panels Snub OMB Chief on Obama Fiscal Plan

February 8, 2016 A year ago, Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan dutifully testified before congressional budget panels after the release of the Obama administration’s fiscal 2016 budget. Not so this time. Last week, just days before Tuesday’s release of President Obama’s final budget, Republican chairmen of both the House and...

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Obama Requests $1.8 Billion to Combat Zika Virus

February 8, 2016 With the Zika virus continuing to spread from Latin America and the Caribbean, the White House on Monday announced that it is requesting $1.8 billion in emergency funds for several agencies to accelerate research into a vaccine and educate populations at risk for the disease. The request comes a week...

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Senator May Try to Block OPM Nominee’s Confirmation Path

February 5, 2016 Acting Office of Personnel Management Director Beth Cobert gave only a perfunctory response at her confirmation hearing Thursday when asked about an issue that a senator has been raising for years. Two days prior to Cobert’s appearance before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. David Vitter, R-La.,...

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New Acquisition Tool Allows Agencies to Comparison Shop

February 5, 2016 Contractors and interested members of the public may now use the online Acquisition Gateway to view a slice of agency procurement data, the General Services Administration announced. The new tool advances the Obama Administration’s push, launched in December 2014, to remove procurement duplication across government through category management. Agencies are...