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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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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 ...

Reining In the Regulators

September 1, 2011 Reining in the regulators is one way politicians curry favor with key supporters. If you wanted to telegraph the tone of an upcoming congressional hearing, it would be difficult to do better than this: "Lights Out: How EPA Regulations Threaten Affordable Power and Job Creation." That was the title a ...

Apostles of Reform

August 1, 2011 Two early champions for better government, once more into the fray. Paul C. Light, the longtime crusader for government reform, likes to joke that his writings on the topic end up as "buck-a-book" remainders just weeks after they are published. Perhaps so, but there's little question that Light, now Paulette ...

Power Play

July 1, 2011 How important is soft power to our nation's security? "More than any other secretary of Defense," Robert Gates told the Notre Dame graduating class this spring, "I have been a strong advocate of soft power-of the critical importance of diplomacy and development as fundamental components of our foreign policy and ...

People First

June 22, 2011 At both the beginning and the end of a 90-minute interview last month, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, chose to emphasize his concerns about the men and women of the armed services. Their health and welfare and that of their families, he said as we ...

People First

June 1, 2011 Adm. Mullen says military institutions must be built around the needs of their people. At both the beginning and the end of a 90-minute interview last month, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, chose to emphasize his concerns about the men and women of the armed ...

The Duplication Refrain

May 1, 2011 The duplication refrain is crucial in the rhetoric of cutting back government. Duplication and overlap, fraud, waste and abuse: You've heard these words again and again in the bedrock critique of modern government at the federal level. The refrain no doubt contributed to the finding last year, in a poll ...