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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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A Poetic Tribute to Lew's Loopy Signature

January 11, 2013 Editor’s Note: In what we can only hope will be the first of many doggerel posts, Editor at Large Tim Clark has come through with a piece of verse dedicated to the now-infamous signature of Jack Lew President Obama’s Treasury secretary nominee. From Hamilton to Lew Alexander the first must ...

The Big Fix

December 1, 2012 If government is broken, as many believe, then what can be done to fix it? For one wide-ranging set of answers, we can turn to the Memos to National Leaders project mounted this year by the National Academy of Public Administration and the American Society of Public Administration to address ...

United We Stand

November 1, 2012 Soon after the fall of the Shah of Iran in 1979, an American delegation visited the region to reassure Saudi Arabia and other nearby states that the United States would stand by them as the consequences of the Iranian revolution played out. Defense Secretary Harold Brown, leading the delegation, asked ...

Budget Musings

October 1, 2012 With the presidential election seeming to ride on voters’ views about the size and scope of the federal government, I ran a little test this summer among highly educated people I know. Asked what share of the U.S. workforce is represented by federal employment, one answered 20 percent. Surely it ...

Lessons on Finding Fair Pay For Feds

September 26, 2012 Toward the end of his richly anecdotal book, Who Gets What, compensation expert Kenneth R. Feinberg observes that when considering the fairness of pay, “everybody counts other people’s money.” Money, of course, is a key signal of success in our market economy. And federal workers today are increasingly subjected to ...

Fair Pay For Feds

September 1, 2012 Toward the end of his richly anecdotal book, Who Gets What, compensation expert Kenneth R. Feinberg observes that when considering the fairness of pay, “everybody counts other people’s money.” Money, of course, is a key signal of success in our market economy. And federal workers today are increasingly subjected to ...

What do people want from government?

August 10, 2012 How much government do people want? With the presidential election approaching, answers to that question could shed light not only on prospects for the candidates, but also on their ability to reshape the public sector if elected. Historians would note the nation was founded in revolution against oppressive government. And ...

Clipped Wings

August 1, 2012 How much government do people want? With the presidential election approaching, answers to that question could shed light not only on prospects for the candidates, but also on their ability to reshape the public sector if elected. Historians would note the nation was founded in revolution against oppressive government. And ...

American Abroad

July 1, 2012 The U.S. diplomatic corps is one of government’s elite institutions, representing the United States in many countries with diverse cultures, languages and perspectives on world affairs. It’s hard to get into the Foreign Service, and even harder to become an ambassador, whether as a career diplomat or as a presidential ...

Bearing Fruit

June 1, 2012 Despite the repetitive refrain of “change” that animates virtually all campaigns for political office, the federal government has long been a lethargic beast that compares unfavorably to a sloth—the low-metabolism tree-hanger that moves only when necessary and even then very slowly. To be sure, when there’s an economic crisis, or ...