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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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Think Tanks’ New Data Tool Details U.S. State Population Trends

March 3, 2015 Is the United States becoming a majority-minority nation? An important new demographic analysis released last week by three Washington, D.C.-based think tanks—the Center for American Progress, the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution—suggests that reality is not too far away. And in some places, it’s already arrived. With intermarriage ...

Stats Surge Continues in Cities and States

February 18, 2015 The latest ambitious effort employing data to improve local public services is getting underway on the banks of the Ohio River, as the Buckeye State’s third-largest city stands up CincyStat to track the activities of 18 municipal departments. The move by Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black to institute a statistics-driven ...

Improving President Obama’s P3 Proposal

February 3, 2015 In the face of huge maintenance backlogs and the need for much new construction, infrastructure experts hope that a lot of private money can be raised to address the challenge. Indeed, public-private partnerships are generating more interest and more investment in jurisdictions from coast to coast. Opening of new tolled ...

Boston Activates a New Snow-Removal Tracking Tool

February 3, 2015 When Boston was hit with a second huge snowfall on Monday, winter-weary citizens were offered a new source of comfort on the city’s website: They could find out how quickly they could expect plows to appear and streets to be cleared. Lack of knowledge breeds concern, of course, and City ...

Federal Grant Programs for States Are on the Chopping Block

January 12, 2015 WASHINGTON — With Republican majorities in both houses of Congress, one might expect a serious assault on federal spending and deficits, most likely focusing on domestic discretionary programs that prop up the budgets of state and local governments. If it comes, the attack will be directed at budgets starting in ...

New D.C.-Area Express Toll Lanes Test P3 Financing Models

December 19, 2014 SPRINGFIELD, Va. — For thousands of commuters in the National Capital Region, the biggest gift of the holiday season might be the opening of new tolled express lanes along Northern Virginia’s crowded Interstate highways. The newly opened lanes on Interstate 95 and a portion of Interstate 395—converted from high-occupancy vehicle ...

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 ...