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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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In a Word

April 1, 2006 The clever turn of phrase can help advance a policy agenda. The late Tom Novotny once asked me whether he should change the name of The Bureaucrat, his quarterly journal about government. I voted no even though I knew that the word's connotation was "largely negative," as Wikipedia, the online...

Secrecy Is in the Air

March 15, 2006 On buckshot and other matters where silence has been less than golden. The press always has complained about the Bush administration's penchant for secrecy. So when Vice President Cheney and the White House press office delayed nearly a day before letting on about what Arlo Guthrie might have called the...

Renewing the Faith

March 1, 2006 Political appointees and their service to the nation. Whenever a new political appointee, with right hand raised, promises to protect and defend the Constitution, it's a step forward for our democratic system, or so I would argue. Even if one disapproves of the appointee's past affiliations or record, the ceremony...

Death of a Journalist

February 1, 2006 David E. Rosenbaum set a standard to which all the media should aspire. In a random murder last month, Washington lost one of the people who exemplified the best qualities, and the vital role, of our nation's free press. The victim was David E. Rosenbaum of The New York Times,...

Redefining National Security

January 1, 2006 Agencies slowly embrace new missions and strategies. For the thousands of Government Executive readers who live in the Capital region, security questions are rarely far from top of mind. As a prime target for terrorists, we know that a dirty bomb, biological attack, or worse could come our way. And...

The Managers of Finance

December 1, 2005 Progress in financial management also brings burdens of rising expectations. More than most in government today, Linda Morrison Combs offers an example of true perseverance toward the worthy goal of improving its financial accountability. She was one of the architects of the 1990 Chief Financial Officers Act, which began a...

Coping With Catastrophe

November 1, 2005 Government response is only as good as its structure and its assets. Institutions succeed only if properly organized and adequately funded. On both counts, the federal government is often set up to fail. Justin Rood's cover story lays out in compelling detail the organizational failings that attended the public health...

Uncle Sam’s Limits

October 15, 2005 We shouldn't look to Washington to meet every burden. For the news media, it's 24/7 hurricane duty. Anchors may have returned to their television studios after being filmed as windblown warriors on the front lines, but hurricanes Katrina and Rita remain big stories, and will for months to come. While...

On the Griddle

October 1, 2005 How much should government do post-Katrina? The terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington four years ago produced a sweeping response by government: a mammoth new department, reorganization plans for the military, intelligence reform, a flood of spending and red ink. Will Katrina have an equivalent effect? The hurricane...

Government’s Vital Role

October 1, 2005 During the past three years, Service to America Medals have been conferred to 26 individuals and teams for contributions to public service they have made while working for the federal government. This year, nine more join the roster of honorees. Government rarely is celebrated for the work it does. Indeed,...

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