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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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By the Numbers

May 1, 2006 Here's a look at the numbers behind the outsourcing surge. All the controversy about competitive sourcing of federal jobs masks a more important trend: Government is outsourcing key operations from the start. Unlike the competitive sourcing of existing government functions, this does not pit federal workers against private sector bidders....

Our Neighborhood

April 15, 2006 We seek to nurture the community of senior federal officials in print, in person and online. In An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power, John Steele Gordon tells the story of a Scots immigrant in New York, James Gordon Bennett, and his founding of the first...

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...