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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Bringing Agencies Up to the Task

March 1, 2003 mericans are proud people-proud of our freedom, prosperity, and the spirit of innovation that keeps our country moving. We most surely treasure the political system that has nurtured our liberty and growth, even as many of us would never admit to pride in the government it has spawned. Government, our...

Sweeping Reform

February 1, 2003 or the second time in the past three years, an important private sector commission has called for sweeping reorganization of the federal government and major improvements in its approach to staffing agencies. The new report was issued last month by the National Commission on the Public Service, chaired by Paul...

The Next Wave

January 1, 2003 n the waves of change that are beginning to sweep through the federal personnel structure, one looms as a potential tsunami-the Navy's bold bid to move to a market-based approach to hiring, assignments and promotions. Revolutionary change is coming because Navy leaders have concluded that they can no longer afford...

Ridge’s Challenges

January 1, 2003 ithout a doubt, the top news stories of 2002 revolved around the continuing aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. These stories focused on human tragedy and resilience in New York and on far-away places such as Pakistan and Afghanistan, where, all of a...

From Strategy to Logistics

December 1, 2002 s autumn turned to winter, the American media were full of talk of strategic options for taming Iraq. The numbers of troops to be deployed, the nature of air support, the possibility of house-to-house urban combat, all were discussed as the country prepared for war. Behind the scenes, and largely...

Stories Of Service

December 1, 2002 ould you make a difference and contribute to the greater good by working for the federal government? Far too often, Americans say the answer is no, believing that government offers only dead-end jobs. Research by the Brookings Institution has found that many Americans are public-spirited people who want to pursue...

Sating The News Habit

November 1, 2002 nformation is the currency of Washington. Data, words, images, a torrent of information is both generated and consumed here, and it's what makes the city hum. A lot of the information emanates from government: trade, agriculture, labor and other economic data; classified and unclassified profiles of worldwide trends; the huge...

A Panegyric On Public Service

October 1, 2002 I was asked to speak at a "Celebration of Public Service" ceremony that closed a National Academy of Public Administration conference on Sept. 10. Excerpts follow. The full text of the speech is available from the NAPA web site: picture, it is said, is worth a thousand words. And...

Restoring Lives, Remaking Government

September 1, 2002 The most compelling stories in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, are about people. But arguably more important are the ones about our institutions. n the year since foreign terrorists ended more than 3,000 lives and changed many millions more, thousands of stories have been written about the aftermath of...

About This Special Issue

August 15, 2002 ven avid readers of The Wall Street Journal might have missed the July 18 story tucked inside the "Marketplace" section: "Northrop, General Dynamics Post Gains in Profits." Not exactly earth-shattering news, but coming when it did-at a time when WorldCom was sliding into a record-breaking bankruptcy, accounting scandals were making...

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