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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 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 ...

Northrop CEO speaks out on future of defense contracting

November 5, 1999 tclark@govexec.com The air war over Kosovo this year provided a convincing display of American technological superiority-to the gratification of American defense contractors, notably the Pentagon's fifth-ranked supplier, Northrop Grumman. Northrop's B-2 bombers saw service in all-weather bombing of Kosovo. Its JSTARS surveillance aircraft and EA-6B Prowler jamming aircraft also played ...

Editor's Notebook

November 1, 1999 tclark@govexec.com he third annual Government Technology Leadership Institute is a month away. Sponsored by Government Executive, the Council for Excellence in Government and the Brookings Institution, among others, this educational event is designed to give senior agency managers a quick course in what they should know about technology's continuing conquest ...

Editor's Notebook

October 1, 1999 tclark@govexec.com e Americans have a lot to celebrate as the next century approaches. Our strong economy has produced record employment and a booming stock market. Our countrymen display their ingenuity every day, inventing new ways to learn, communicate, do business and generate wealth beyond the imagination. No strong enemies threaten ...

Editor's Notebook

September 1, 1999 tclark@govexec.com hat did I do on my summer vacation? I visited the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. I'd been promising myself this trip for a decade, as I missed chance after chance for firsthand observation of the federal government's cutting-edge activities. I'd never been aboard an aircraft carrier, ...

Editor's Notebook

August 15, 1999 tclark@govexec.com or federal agencies, the 1990s have been the decade of downsizing. Ever since Congress and the White House decided to get serious about balancing the budget (with the help of a roaring economy), agencies have become smaller, more efficient and more adept at stretching the limited dollars they have ...

Editor's Notebook

August 1, 1999 tclark@govexec.com uried beneath the news of trillion-dollar surpluses last month were two items of not-so-good news for those who care about our public sector. First, the National Academy of Public Administration released a report decrying the cynicism and distrust that characterizes many citizens' view of their government. "Americans love their ...