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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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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 ...

A Persuasive Man

December 1, 2009 Adm. Mike Mullen is an articulate advocate of U.S. policies abroad. It's too bad Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is not more prominent as a government spokesman when it comes to informing Americans about the challenges we face in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. He is ...

Qualities of Leadership

November 1, 2009 Are federal executives as good as a new survey suggests? In the run-up to the Oct. 5 Excellence in Government Conference, Government Executive unveiled a study we conducted with McKinsey & Co. designed to measure the organizational health of the federal enterprise. The survey tapped the views of 513 senior ...

Down East View

October 1, 2009 Watching Washington's shenanigans from 750 miles away. Dramatic developments in our national life have the media closely focused on Washington: our first African-American president, government's response to the economic crisis, the health care and climate change debates, war in faraway places. What does the capital's Sturm und Drang look like ...

Learning Curve

September 1, 2009 Failures in government can teach us how to succeed. Ever since the United States landed a man on the moon in 1969, people have asked themselves why this amazing feat seemingly can't be followed by successful design and execution of other ambitious government programs. Why has government become known, since ...

Now We Must Think

August 19, 2009 C-SPAN's Steve Scully: "You know the numbers-$1.7 trillion debt, a national deficit of $11 trillion. At what point do we run out of money?" President Obama: "Well, we are out of money now." -May 22 California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: "Our wallet is empty. Our bank is closed. Our credit is ...

Gone Missing

August 1, 2009 Productivity gains can help with the fiscal pickle. C-SPAN's Steve Scully: "You know the numbers-$1.7 trillion debt, a national deficit of $11 trillion. At what point do we run out of money?" President Obama: "Well, we are out of money now." -May 22 California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: "Our wallet is ...