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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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People Problems

September 1, 2000 tclark@govexec.com t's too bad that government's reputation remains so poor that our presidential candidates can't bring themselves to promise much-needed reforms. The federal human capital crisis thus remains out of public view during this year's campaigns. In the private sector, by contrast, top executives are closely focused on making sure ...

Fighting for Relevance

August 1, 2000 tclark@govexec.com t is difficult, given the day-to-day demands of professional life, to find time to reflect on how the institutions we serve should be changing to meet the demands of our evolving American experiment. Yet it is a useful exercise, for both people and their organizations can find greater satisfaction ...

The Governance Challenge

July 1, 2000 tclark@govexec.com s a first order of business, we have undertaken to analyze the leadership styles and approaches to governing the two major party candidates would bring to the White House, starting this month with George W. Bush. What Al Gore's record as Vice President and his campaign this year portend ...

In Pursuit of Excellence

June 1, 2000 tclark@govexec.com t the Excellence in Government 2000 conference next month, some 1,500 of your colleagues will gather to discuss current challenges and possible solutions associated with doing the business of the federal government. On behalf of the 16 organizations hosting the event, I am pleased to invite you to join ...

Poetry in Motion

May 1, 2000 tclark@govexec.com ould it be true that the leader of 4,000 cadets at the Air Force Academy, an academic star and glider pilot whose ambitions include leading a space shuttle mission and reforming the nation's approach to funding scientific research, might also be a poet at heart? The members of the ...

Good News Is No News

April 1, 2000 tclark@govexec.com n print journalism, good news is hardly ever real news. And television, always magnifying the worst tendencies of the media, takes the principle one step further: "If it bleeds, it leads," even on network national news shows. To be sure, there really isn't much new in most "good news." ...

The Grading Game

March 1, 2000 tclark@govexec.com he Government Performance Project, whose second-year results are the subject of this issue of Government Executive, got its start more than four years ago, when executives of the Pew Charitable Trusts of Philadelphia decided that devising and publicizing a careful grading system for government might serve as an incentive ...

The True Public Servant

February 1, 2000 tclark@govexec.com ith the death of Elliot L. Richardson on Dec. 31, our country lost a man who set an example time after time of the most valuable attributes of the true public servant. His departure offers an opportunity to reflect on the needs of public service today. Readers of Government ...

Millennium Musing

January 1, 2000 tclark@govexec.com n this special issue, we look at changes our readers can anticipate in the new millennium. Nine authors peer into the future of government in the pages that follow, and while their views are diverse, it might be useful to attempt a synthesis. The logical place to start is ...

Editor's Notebook

December 1, 1999 tclark@govexec.com hould the last column of the century reflect on times gone by or on things to come? Perhaps a little of each. I have been blessed during a working life that began in the 1960s with the opportunity to make a living watching government in the nation's capital. Much ...