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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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Budget Musings

October 1, 2012 With the presidential election seeming to ride on voters’ views about the size and scope of the federal government, I ran a little test this summer among highly educated people I know. Asked what share of the U.S. workforce is represented by federal employment, one answered 20 percent. Surely it ...

Lessons on Finding Fair Pay For Feds

September 26, 2012 Toward the end of his richly anecdotal book, Who Gets What, compensation expert Kenneth R. Feinberg observes that when considering the fairness of pay, “everybody counts other people’s money.” Money, of course, is a key signal of success in our market economy. And federal workers today are increasingly subjected to ...

Fair Pay For Feds

September 1, 2012 Toward the end of his richly anecdotal book, Who Gets What, compensation expert Kenneth R. Feinberg observes that when considering the fairness of pay, “everybody counts other people’s money.” Money, of course, is a key signal of success in our market economy. And federal workers today are increasingly subjected to ...

What do people want from government?

August 10, 2012 How much government do people want? With the presidential election approaching, answers to that question could shed light not only on prospects for the candidates, but also on their ability to reshape the public sector if elected. Historians would note the nation was founded in revolution against oppressive government. And ...

Clipped Wings

August 1, 2012 How much government do people want? With the presidential election approaching, answers to that question could shed light not only on prospects for the candidates, but also on their ability to reshape the public sector if elected. Historians would note the nation was founded in revolution against oppressive government. And ...

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 ...