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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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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 ...

Makers, Takers, Movers and Shakers

April 1, 2013 The Makers and the Takers, a memorable phrase from last year’s Republican playbook, contrasted those who invent things, build businesses and create jobs with those who “take” government benefits, sometimes referred to as the 47 percent. In politics, the Makers could also be the Movers and Shakers. They shake the ...

FedPoem: Blimps Over Washington

February 15, 2013 The Pentagon plans to float two huge, helium filled “aerostats” over Washington to help guard against air attack, Reuters reports. The pair of blimps, costing $450 million, will arrive in late September. Radars will be at the center of the high-tech packages the blimps will carry, but who knows what ...

Regulatory Reformer

February 1, 2013 Sheila Bair has been hitting the airwaves of late, telling NBC’s David Gregory and other interviewers about what she learned during her five-year term as the head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. As a high-profile warrior in the bailout wars, Bair gained notoriety that’s rare for heads of federal ...