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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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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 ...

Department of the Future

April 1, 2011 Can a systemwide shuffling help us 'win the future?' Perhaps reflecting the economic malaise that still afflicts many Americans, President Obama has taken to saying that government must help us "win the future." This newly minted cliché combines with an older bromide-"when in doubt, reorganize"-to produce the notion that government ...

Pressing the Regulators

March 1, 2011 Report on economic crisis shows the power of politics in regulatory affairs. The recently released official report on the nation's financial crisis tells a powerful tale about political manipulation of government regulation-one that should resonate loudly today in light of House members' drive to curb what industry considers regulatory excess. ...