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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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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 ...

Open Without Shame

November 1, 2011 The stimulus program's transparency avoided all but one big scandal. What has government learned from its experience with the stimulus program of 2009, the largest package of spending and tax-cutting measures ever enacted? One lesson is that such a large program cannot be popular-at least in its sum if not ...

Excellence: More or Less?

October 1, 2011 States offer reality check on how much government people want. If excellence in government is the goal people seek, then how can one measure whether we have it now, or we are getting closer as time goes by? There's no easy answer to that question, and, of course, it depends ...