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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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,...

Chiefs Directory provides guide to key federal decision-makers

October 20, 2006 Today, Government Executive is pleased to debut the Chiefs Directory, the first-ever digest of contact information for nearly 500 officials whose portfolios encompass acquisition, finance, information technology and human capital. Because some "chief" positions are relatively new, agencies still are figuring out where they fit and what titles they should...

Chiefs Everywhere

October 15, 2006 They are on the front lines of accountability. You hold in your hands the first-ever directory of chiefs across federal departments and agencies-contact information for nearly 500 officials whose portfolios encompass acquisition, finance, information technology and human capital. Because some "chief" positions are relatively new, agencies still are figuring out...

Planning and Execution

October 1, 2006 As public programs grow more intricate, individual initiative is still essential. Over the past decade, scholars critical of industrial-age bureaucracy have rallied around a performance- and results-based approach to meeting public sector goals that relies significantly on alliances with other institutions. Donald Kettl, now a professor at the University of...


September 15, 2006 Army Chief Schoomaker talks about his service's needs and the "masses of people that are the prize." Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker has the toughest job in the Pentagon, or so it seems to me, and it became clear during an Aug. 23 conversation at the National...

Air Superiority

September 1, 2006 Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley on the strengths and troubles of the Air Force. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley runs quickly through the duties his service performs on any given day: managing 100 orbiting satellites; lifting off an air transport mission every 90 seconds; running...

Celebrating Excellence

August 15, 2006 Service to America finalists inspire public service. Over the past five years, Government Executive has been proud to sponsor the Service to America Medals program, celebrating high achievers in the civil service whose work has been of great benefit to the United States. This year, nearly 500 people were nominated...

On Transformation

August 1, 2006 Reform is under way in many corners of our far-flung government. Nearly three years ago, writer Shane Harris set out to assess reports that the State Department finally was bringing its approach to management up to date. He found that then-Secretary of State Colin Powell in fact had spent a...

Powers of the Press

July 15, 2006 Ruminations on the clout and role of the Fourth Estate. by Timothy B. Clark In my travels on the job, I've often found that readers of our magazine give its title a third word: "The Government Executive." I've had a soft spot for the superfluous "The," thinking it connotes the...

The Flu Factor

July 1, 2006 The threat of pandemic flu raises some of the toughest challenges of our times. Avian flu raises complex questions for federal organizations, challenges state and local governments and calls for public leadership to prompt significant changes in private behavior among corporations and the populace. Washington certainly has recognized the threat....

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