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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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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 ...

The Company Goes Commercial

July 1, 1999 tclark@govexec.com serlin@tmn.com wo years ago, the Central Intelligence Agency used 26 shipments a year to transport materiel needed by its operatives stationed abroad. Today, the number is down to 13, although the volume of cargo has not diminished appreciably. And the agency has found room to include goods for other ...

Editor's Notebook - July 1999

July 1, 1999 tclark@govexec.com over headlines are sometimes hard to write. We work to find a combination of words to meet a combination of goals. First, we must fairly characterize what we're writing about. At the same time, we need to keep it short-the fewer the words cluttering the cover, the better. We ...

Editor's Notebook

June 1, 1999 t's not too late to sign up for "Excellence in Government '99," the only major conference this year on cutting-edge ideas for making government work better. This should be a terrific event, thanks to a dedicated band of your colleagues who have recruited prominent speakers and organized more than 40 ...