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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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American Abroad

July 1, 2012 The U.S. diplomatic corps is one of government’s elite institutions, representing the United States in many countries with diverse cultures, languages and perspectives on world affairs. It’s hard to get into the Foreign Service, and even harder to become an ambassador, whether as a career diplomat or as a presidential ...

Bearing Fruit

June 1, 2012 Despite the repetitive refrain of “change” that animates virtually all campaigns for political office, the federal government has long been a lethargic beast that compares unfavorably to a sloth—the low-metabolism tree-hanger that moves only when necessary and even then very slowly. To be sure, when there’s an economic crisis, or ...

Master of Bureaucracy

May 9, 2012 Few recall that Robert Gates, who served as secretary of Defense under Presidents Bush and Obama before retiring in 2011, got his start at the very lowest levels of the federal civil service. Right out of college, he joined the CIA and worked his way to the top of the ...

Master of Bureaucracy

May 1, 2012 Few recall that Robert Gates, who served as secretary of Defense under Presidents Bush and Obama before retiring in 2011, got his start at the very lowest levels of the federal civil service. Right out of college, he joined the CIA and worked his way to the top of the ...

Around Government

April 1, 2012 The Battle of the Bulge Military bases feature healthier choices on the menu as obesity rises in the ranks. By Caitlin Fairchild In the mid-1990s, one in 50 service members wrestled with weight issues, according to Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs. That number jumped to ...

The Petraeus Story

March 1, 2012 Last summer, as he relinquished command of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus flew to Berlin, Paris, London and Ankara, Turkey, to thank key contributors to the NATO mission that was fighting the war against the Taliban. Petraeus was leaving not only as commander of 100,000 American troops in ...

Vision of Small

February 1, 2012 What could happen to American government if conservatives build on their 2010 electoral triumph by winning the White House in 2012? Answers to that question have emerged in the GOP presidential nominating contest. And the clearest vision has come from Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Pundits say the Republican candidates ...

The New Public Era

January 1, 2012 Is government sounding the sirens of retreat? Not necessarily. With our politics so bitter, it may be counterintuitive to think that a new public era is in the offing-defined by a "public ethos" more devoted to the common good. But a plausible argument to that effect comes from one of ...

Before The Fall

December 1, 2011 A general's tale of Afghan challenges. Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller is an engaging, good-humored man who loved his role as chief of security forces training in Afghanistan-until he lost the job just hours after joining me on the National Press Club stage last month. During a Government Executive leadership briefing ...

Analysis: The real picture in Afghanistan

November 7, 2011 Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller is an engaging, good-humored man who loved his job as chief of security forces training in Afghanistan -- until he lost it just hours after joining me on the National Press Club stage in Washington last week. During our Nov. 3 session, Fuller pulled no punches ...