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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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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. ...

Season of Change

December 15, 2010 Is the Obama administration's performance agenda still relevant now that voters have elected so many candidates who think government is too big and too intrusive? Should federal executives still focus on achieving incremental gains in efficiency and outcomes of their programs, or should they prepare to scale them back? The ...

As Political Winds Shift

December 1, 2010 Deservedly or not, government is the scapegoat for the poor economy. Is the Obama administration's performance agenda still relevant now that voters have elected so many candidates who think government is too big and too intrusive? Should federal executives still focus on achieving incremental gains in efficiency and outcomes of ...

Collaboration and Control

October 1, 2010 Government prepares for enemy threats to key networks. The security of Internet-based communications systems is a hot topic nowadays, as top officials increasingly worry that enemy hackers could take down key U.S. networks. A topic once framed in technical cybersecurity jargon is taking on the language of war. A four-star ...

Turning Point

August 18, 2010 Should we countenance another round of stimulus spending, adding billions more dollars to the national debt, or should we finally begin a serious effort to cut deficits and debt in the interest of longer-term prosperity? Congress is all but deadlocked on that issue. Are we at a point in our ...

The Vulnerability of ‘Reform’

February 1, 2010 Health care overhaul could quickly fall victim to decay. Even before the health care overhaul emerged from Congress, doubts were surfacing about its durability. Partisanship was one important reason. The closed-door process Democratic leaders used to fashion a final bill ensured continued strong Republican opposition, and so the most ambitious ...

Unsustainable Brew

January 1, 2010 Costly fixes for the economy and health care won't work without difficult trade-offs. Sustainability, that six-syllable mouthful of a word, is breaking out of its corner in environmental parlance and into the big-time discourse on the nation's fiscal and economic future. Environmentalists say the nation's dependence on oil and gas ...