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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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The Best of the Best

April 15, 2007 Rank award winners' reach ranges from the environment to health care to national security. They do not find their names displayed in the nation's newspapers, or celebrated for innovation, business acumen or charitable giving like Carley Fiorina, Bill Gates or Warren Buffett. They're not the subject of best sellers like...

The Watchdog Growls

April 15, 2007 But his appetite should not be feared. After six years of hibernation, the congressional watchdog is ravenously ready to devour a long menu of savory items. From the dais, it growls warnings to agencies and companies about failure to comply with demands for sustenance. Subpoenas are in the air, and...

Hooked on Contracts

April 1, 2007 Agencies outsource more and more work that is vital to core missions. Is contracting now the most important thing government does? Let's argue the case for the affirmative. True, government has core responsibilities that cannot, in theory, be outsourced to private or nonprofit organizations. Taxation and providing for the common...

Professional and Personal

March 15, 2007 Next month's Excellence in Government conference serves both needs. One great tool the World Wide Web has given publishers is the means to assess, with fine precision, what their audiences really like. There is simply no arguing with click-through rates and page view counts. We know that among visitors to...

Generals Speak Out

March 1, 2007 Emphasizing combat instead of nation-building has some concerned. Stewardship of the ground wars that America fights in Iraq and Afghanistan has passed to new generals in the past few months with Senate confirmation of Gen. James T. Conway as commandant of the Marine Corps, and of Gen. George W. Casey...

Oversight, Insight, Foresight

February 1, 2007 That's what we need in our new, divided government. The dramatic switch in partisan control in the U.S. Congress was on full display in January, as Democrats in the House satisfied their pent-up demand for action on issues such as the minimum wage, Medicare drug pricing and the cost of...

Doggone Budget Doggerel

January 1, 2007 In high political aeries There's much palaver, one can see, On bringing more transparency To governmental budgetry. Less sleight of hand would worthy be And also less opacity, Yet recent actions convey to me Scarce hope of fiscal sanity. The bard could wax on about the unconscionable behavior of those...

Editor's Notebook: A Persian Gulf Journey

December 8, 2006 Editor's Note: click here to view of photo essay of Government Executive Editor Timothy B. Clark's trip to the Persian Gulf and Horn of Africa. Across six days in October, I got an inside look at the U.S. military that's afforded very few. With 44 other civilians and Defense Department...

From the Field

December 1, 2006 Six days, four countries and 17,000 miles in the life of today's U.S. military. Across six days in October, I got an inside look at the U.S. military that's afforded very few. With 44 other civilians and Defense Department escorts, I flew 17,000 miles through seven time zones to three...

Measuring Public Value

November 1, 2006 Studies from the private sector offer new ways to analyze government programs. Americans love technology-the new thing-and so does their government. And government, of course, has been much more than a purchaser of private sector inventions; it has led the way in space, military, medical and communications technologies. The Internet,...