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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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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....

The View From Europe

June 15, 2006 U.S. diplomats have a tough job reconciling American interests with those of the Continent. An American diplomat's life in "Old Europe" is a tough slog these days, or so it seemed to me after a week's travel on the Continent. Today, ambassadors venture outside only with a sizable protective detail....

The Military Mind

June 1, 2006 It's tough to speak truth to willful civilian leaders. The men who command the Army, Navy and Air Force are expected to be inspirational and business leaders of the nation's largest institutions. Each must direct and motivate hundreds of thousands of personnel and oversee the spending of well over $100...

The Changing Navy

May 15, 2006 CNO Michael Mullen talks about what it will take to meet new security demands. When the latest war supplemental clears Congress this spring, it will add roughly $100 billion to the $250 billion in off-budget financing the Pentagon has received since the United States invaded Iraq in 2003. That's in...

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...