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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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...

Route Fifty Roadmap: A Dispatch From a Remote U.S.-Canada Border Post

September 29, 2016 Route Fifty Roadmap is an ongoing series of dispatches from the semi-regular travels of the Route Fifty staff around the United States. | PREVIOUSLY: Missoula, Mont. GOAT HAUNT, Mont. — This backwoods border crossing between Canada and the United States serves as a continuing reminder of the security state that...

Looking for a Leader to Help Government Work Better

August 29, 2016 When Dan G. Blair announced recently that he would retire after five years as president of the National Academy of Public Administration, his decision opened up a job with a lot of potential for shaping the debate about government. NAPA’s congressional charter gives it a broad mission to help improve...

As Acadia Nat’l Park Celebrates Centennial, Maine Gets New Nat’l Monument

August 28, 2016 ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Just as the National Park Service has been marking its own centennial, the Pine Tree State’s entire congressional delegation turned out Saturday here to celebrate what local leaders have characterized as the 100th anniversary of this national park’s founding. Several hundred people gathered on a...

Route Fifty Roadmap: What’s Next for New Hampshire’s Executive Council?

August 9, 2016 Route Fifty Roadmap is an ongoing series of dispatches from the semi-regular travels of the Route Fifty staff around the United States. | PREVIOUSLY: Los Angeles CONCORD, N.H. — On my way north from Boston late in June, I took a detour to this historic New Hampshire city, where the...

Training Program Gives Cash-Strapped R.I. Municipalities Some Hope

August 1, 2016 Rhode Island has seen more than its share of budget-related challenges, from a vastly underfunded public pension program to actual and barely-avoided municipal bankruptcies. For officials trying to manage the problems, stress levels have been high. But now, stakeholders in some of the Ocean State’s cities and other public institutions...

Donald Trump Finds Fertile Ground North of Maine’s ‘Volvo Line’

June 30, 2016 BANGOR, Maine — Most Trump rallies seem to generate both controversy and a kind of circus atmosphere, and the one in Bangor on Wednesday was no exception. Trump flew into this city of 33,000 people—third largest in Maine—in the hope of earning at least one electoral college vote, which he...

New Climate Scenarios Put Major Sections of Boston Underwater

June 23, 2016 If there was a good reminder about how much of the city of Boston is low-lying and built upon reclaimed land that was once part of the harbor and Charles River, it came this week. Thirty percent of Boston could be underwater by the end of the century, according to...

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