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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An Arizona Town ‘That Would Like to Secede and Carry On Its Own Lifestyle’

1:06 AM ET JEROME, Ariz. — This town was hopping at about 3 p.m on the last Sunday in March when I drove in on my way from Prescott to Sedona. The live band was rocking in the Spirit Room on Main Street, and libations were flowing freely. An online review of the...

Western States Negotiate Drought Contingency Plan Despite Wet Winter

April 17, 2017 AVRA VALLEY, Ariz. — Here in the desert 15 miles from downtown Tucson, a remarkable engineering system is providing a reliable supply of water that’s the envy of other communities in the arid West. Twenty ponds, ranging from 25 acres to 60 acres in size, draw water from the nearby...

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...

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