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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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'Tis the Primary Season

December 1, 2003 s this issue of Government Executive crosses your desk, the first presidential primary (non-binding, in the District of Columbia) is just six weeks away. It will be followed a week later by the Iowa caucuses and then by the New Hampshire primary a week after that. I think it is...

Examining Excellence

November 1, 2003 y chance, traveling to Europe at the end of September, I was seated next to a young man on his way to what seemed a most dangerous assignment on behalf of the American government. As his story unfolded during the long, overnight flight, I learned that he was a former...

Stories Of Service

October 15, 2003 he careers and achievements of the men and women profiled in this supplement offer compelling evidence that work in government offers challenges that find no parallel in the private sector. These winners of the second annual Service to America Medals all have dealt with problems of fascinating dimension whose solutions...

Examining Excellence

October 1, 2003 ncle Sam, it's now revealed, will run up a half-trillion dollar tab this year. Should that depress or elate us? Should we revel in the good times the credit card can buy, or worry about our children's obligation to pay the bills? Should federal employees don the hair shirt and...

Two Years Later

September 15, 2003 wo years after 19 terrorists turned four commercial jetliners into missiles, leveling the World Trade Center and severely damaging the Pentagon, federal agencies are still trying to figure out how best to secure the country from future attacks. That's not to say that nothing of consequence has been done, of...

Government’s Work

September 1, 2003 n the two years that have passed since devastating terrorism was visited on these shores, people who work in the federal government have witnessed as much change as they had seen in decades that went before. I have argued that the new conditions in which we live have made this...

About This Special Issue

August 15, 2003 ith heightened concerns about security at home and a multi-pronged war on terrorism abroad, federal decision-makers have decided this is no time to be stingy. As a result, business is booming in the federal procurement market. Agencies spent $245 billion on large prime contracts in fiscal 2002, more than 12...

Corporate Government

August 1, 2003 ermit me to float a theorem: Government now owes the success or the failure of its highest-visibility programs as much to private sector performance as to the actions of its own employees. If this seems a touch hyperbolic now, it probably won't as time passes and agencies increase their reliance...

Keeping Track

July 1, 2003 ig Brother has come to American campuses, as our cover illustration ominously suggests. By August, the Homeland Security Department's project to register and track foreign students will have amassed data about 1.2 million people, offering the government the capability to track lack of attendance, or shifts in majors, or disciplinary...

The Competitive Edge

June 15, 2003 hen the staff of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee five years ago thought up the idea of inventorying government jobs to identify those that were not inherently governmental, few had much of an inkling that this would be the start of something big. Even when the agencies, responding to the...

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