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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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Our Breaking News

October 1, 2004 On journalism's problems and the fascination of covering government and its people. When I got started in journalism, the honorable profession generated little controversy, concentrating as it did on reporting about events that had happened the day before. Scoops, to be sure, were valued then as now. Commentary had its...

The Spirit Of Service

October 1, 2004 Government work offers challenges and satisfactions not found in the private sector, as thinking people can glean by reading the newspaper every day. Still the stereotype persists: Government workers are uninteresting people performing routine jobs in stultifying bureaucracies. The fallacy of this stereotype is exposed in the stories of eight...

Life After Terrorism

September 15, 2004 Since 9/11, federal work has become more demanding and dangerous. No one needs reminding that much has changed in America since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The evidence is everywhere, from screeners at airports to concrete barriers and security forces seemingly everywhere else. As we've become used to...

The Balance of Power

September 1, 2004 As the administration lifts some rules, it adds others to keep us lean and secure. The impulse to use the powers of government is strong, even among those who hew to Thomas Paine's principle: "That government is best which governs least." Witness the Bush administration's record on fiscal policy. Its...

Lessons in Leadership

September 1, 2004 Ambassador Prudence Bushnell's slight frame and soft-spoken manner do not readily signal the qualities of fortitude and resolve that lie beneath. But a leader she is, without a doubt, as was quickly clear to the 1,000 people who listened to her talk at the Excellence in Government Conference in Washington...

Lessons in Leadership

August 15, 2004 Terrorists' bombs tested an ambassador's fortitude, resolve and experience. Ambassador Prudence Bushnell's slight frame and soft-spoken manner do not readily signal the qualities of fortitude and resolve that lie beneath. But a leader she is, without a doubt, as was quickly clear to the 1,000 people who listened to her...

The Heat Is On

August 1, 2004 Security imperatives leave us yearning for the lazy summer days of yore. As I write in mid-July, familiar rhythms of summer sport are in comforting play. In baseball's All-Star game, pitcher Roger Clemens has been humbled in the first inning, just tonight. Cyclist Lance Armstrong is well positioned for a...

Grades Are In

July 15, 2004 The Bush administration gets a B for effort. For the management reform program he has pursued since taking office, President Bush earns a solid B for effort and a slightly lower grade, C+ to B-, for results. That's the verdict rendered by nine knowledgeable observers I consulted in early July....

Management Counts

July 1, 2004 So far, John Kerry has ceded the vision of government efficiency to the president. Does it matter that John F. Kerry isn't paying much attention to executive branch management? We would answer yes. Like motherhood, good management is a laudable virtue, and Lord knows that government could use more of...

Of Bees and Guns

June 15, 2004 …as parables of gridlock in government. In a small story, we journalists can sometimes find a perfect parable to make a larger point. Years ago, writing about Jimmy Carter's budget-trimming program, I stumbled on the Beekeepers Indemnity Fund, a tiny federal program that compensated a handful of honeymen if their...