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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Connecticut’s Perpetual Fiscal Crisis

March 9, 2017 Illinois may have the midwestern title wrapped up, and New Jersey the mid-Atlantic crown, but in the contest for fiscal misery, Connecticut is winning the Northeast race going away. So it was that earlier this month, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy delivered a grim budget address that demanded huge concessions from...

Local Governments Lawyer Up to Protect Immigrant Populations

March 7, 2017 Governments of cities and counties with large immigrant populations are beginning to take steps to prepare for newly aggressive actions to find and deport people without legal status. While the Trump administration has said it will focus removal efforts on people who have committed criminal offenses, enforcement sweeps have been...

A Telecommunications Fable: Struggles for Service in Rural Maine

February 21, 2017 MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine — The month of October brought not only the glories of fall foliage to this neck of the woods but also a piece of exciting news: residents of Islesford on nearby Little Cranberry Island, would not suffer a threatened termination of the jury-rigged internet service they...

Dirty Air, Climate Change Preoccupy Salt Lake City Leaders

February 7, 2017 “We’re number one,” workers in Salt Lake City’s sustainability office exclaimed as I was asking one of them how the air quality was last Wednesday. No. 1 wasn’t a good number. It meant that Salt Lake and other communities in Utah had the worst air pollution in the country on...

Boosting Their Brands in Front of the Nation’s Mayors

January 20, 2017 WASHINGTON — The mezzanine corridors at the Capital Hilton were lined with table-top displays from Uber, Airbnb, the American Beverage Association and other organizations seeking goodwill, more business and favorable regulatory treatment from the nation’s mayors. The presence of these and other interest groups testified both to the power of...

Draining More Than 1,000 Swamps in D.C. and Beyond the Beltway

December 15, 2016 WASHINGTON — As the last speaker in a long morning of presentations on regulatory reform on Wednesday, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich could hardly be expected to add yet another modest proposal on taming the federal bureaucracy. So it was not a surprise when Gingrich, always attracted to the...

Tax Measures Seen as Essential for Big Infrastructure Programs

December 14, 2016 WASHINGTON — The time is right for a major legislative deal to deliver up to a trillion dollars in federal funding for American infrastructure over the next decade, U.S. Rep. John Delaney told a gathering in the nation’s capital on Tuesday. And while Delaney, a Democrat from Maryland, emphasized the...

Analysis of U.S. Economic Stagnation Pins Blame on State and Local Regulations

December 6, 2016 An important new report from Gallup and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness provides a compelling analysis of the reasons for economic stagnation in the United States—and places significant blame on state and local regulatory practices. The report, titled “No Recovery, An Analysis of Long-Term U.S. Productivity Decline,” gets behind the...

Trans-Hudson Tunnel Project Sheds Light on Permitting Advances

November 5, 2016 An all-star cast of political officials turned out on Oct. 14 in New York City to mark what might seem a minor turn of the bureaucratic gears: the listing of Amtrak’s big trans-Hudson tunneling project on the federal infrastructure dashboard. To be sure, there were other milestones to be marked,...

Can We Hope for Better Intergovernmental Relations?

October 19, 2016 WASHINGTON — The aftermath of this year’s elections will surely focus on healing the wounds left by the bitter campaigning at the top of the ticket. But it will also offer an opportunity to consider changes that would improve public sector programs and outcomes. And while not as sexy as...

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