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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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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...

Self-Inflicted Wounds

June 1, 2004 …contributing to the decline of the public sector. As a partisan of the public sector, it pains me to see it in decline. Our democracy can only suffer if citizens think poorly of their government. And it's simply tragic that so many of the wounds are self-inflicted-as one can sense...

Gridlock and Bliss

May 15, 2004 Gridlock in the air lanes, married bliss, and goodbye to Tom Novotny and Mary McGrory. Passengers fuming in airports during the long hot summer of 2000 pointed the finger of blame at the airlines. Another summer of delay is likely this year, and the problem will lie as much with...

Telling Our Stories

May 1, 2004 With strong photos and illustrations, and tight writing and editing, we tell our stories more effectively. Few topics are as top-of-mind as the security problems that afflict American forces and their contractors in Iraq. The difficulties range beyond the wrenching toll of dead and wounded that makes the news every...

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