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Timothy B. Clark

Editor at Large Tim Clark served as editor in chief, publisher and president of Government Executive in the years since it was acquired by National Journal Group in 1987. He and his colleagues have built Government Executive into an essential source for federal managers, a shaper of the government management debate and a key player in the good-government movement. Clark has spent his journalistic career studying and writing about government, and is a founder of National Journal, Washington’s premier source of political insight. He also founded Empire State Report, a monthly magazine about government in New York. He is a fellow and former board member of the National Academy of Public Administration.
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Intergovernmental ‘Crisis’ Portends Fiscal Decline

December 5, 2014 Services financed by federal, state and local governments are headed for a long downhill slide, even if the nation’s economic recovery has temporarily resuscitated many public-sector budgets. Experts agreed on this gloomy prognostication during November meetings of the National Academy of Public Administration and its Federal Systems Panel in the ...

California’s New Tax Increment Financing Law Could Unlock Billions of Dollars

November 11, 2014 When California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law on Sept. 29 to facilitate infrastructure financing, he gave hope to people in the Golden State and beyond that local governments would pick up where constrained state and federal budgets have failed to meet enormous needs for road, transit, water, sewer ...

Repurposed Navy Installation in Maine Looks for a More Firm Financial Footing

November 3, 2014 WINTER HARBOR, Maine — Here in Downeast Maine, an initiative by conservation leaders stands to offer an example of how public-private partnerships can serve to advance worthy social and scientific goals. Still a work in progress, the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park hopes to bring more jobs and growth ...

Why Government Fails So Often

July 16, 2014 Public administration scholars often write about what’s working in the public sector, hoping to help people who work for government agencies improve their programs’ performance. As government has grown, another strain of writing has emerged, devoted to analyzing public sector failures and their causes. Eric Patashnik’s 2008 book, Reforms at ...

The Rule of Nobody: When Leaders Can’t Lead

June 6, 2014 Recent polling of the federal workforce suggests that morale is worse than ever. Limits on pay increases, furloughs, and the generally negative tone pervading political and media discussions of agencies and their employees surely contribute to the gloom. But perhaps there’s another side to civil servants’ discontent: their inability to ...

Rebuilding Public Trust

November 15, 2013 Paul A. Volcker already has an unmatched legacy of public service, but at the age of 86 he is tackling one more big problem: the reputation of government in the United States. For advice on this intractable problem, he convened about 50 practitioners and professors of government in late September ...

Analysis: Plummeting Public Trust Is a Global Problem

October 8, 2013 Paul A. Volcker already has an unmatched legacy of public service, but at the age of 86 he is tackling one more big problem: the reputation of government in the United States. To solicit expert advice on this intractable problem, he convened about 50 professors and practitioners of government in ...

Enterprise Leadership

August 1, 2013 For 35 years, American University’s School of Public Affairs has conferred a public service award named after the late Roger W. Jones, an exemplary civil servant who helped lead the Bureau of the Budget in the 1940s and ’50s. As a judge in the awards program, I have learned about ...

An Allied Salute

July 1, 2013 Europe seems a world away to many of us, but during a visit in late May I found continuing affection for Americans and gratitude for what we have done over the past 100 years to preserve European liberty. That sentiment is especially strong in regions like the Somme, north of ...

Analysis: Remembering Our Sacrifices in Europe

May 31, 2013 Europe seems a world away to many of us, but during a visit in late May I found continuing affection for Americans and gratitude for what we have done over the past 100 years to preserve European liberty. That sentiment is especially strong in regions like the Somme, north of ...