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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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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 ...

Villains There and Here

July 1, 2009 British politicians and American corporate titans are targets of the public's wrath. Britain was abuzz in June with a parliamentary scandal that all but knocked Scotland's middle-aged singing sensation Susan Boyle right off the front pages of London's leading newspapers. "Darling billed us for two homes at the same time," ...

Flu’s Fine Line

June 1, 2009 What does it take to protect the American public? The swine flu that swept the world this spring posed challenges to the public sector that find remarkable precedent in a similar outbreak of the disease 33 years ago. Then, as now, the president and his advisers were treading a fine ...

The Dangers of Illicit Trade

May 1, 2009 High profits fuel criminal and terrorist groups that threaten American security. In Mexico and the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, President Obama made dramatic moves this spring to shore up governments whose collapse would play into the hands of criminal and terrorist groups. To the southern border, he dispatched hundreds of federal agents ...

New Math

April 1, 2009 The president is on a quest to reconcile his ambitions with available dollars. A longtime student of administration budgets cannot help but be impressed by the sweeping vision President Obama outlined in a 43-page introduction to the 10-year spending and revenue plan he released on Feb. 25. The president's budget ...

The Movement for Change

March 11, 2009 With clear popular and electoral vote victories, hugely favorable ratings in the polls, and a tremendous surge of excitement surrounding his inauguration as our 44th president, Barack Obama certainly could hope, perhaps even expect, that his ambitious policy agenda would meet with success in Washington's corridors of power. Resistance quickly ...

The Movement for Change

March 1, 2009 Let's not forget it's the civil service that makes "change" happen. With clear popular and electoral vote victories, hugely favorable ratings in the polls, and a tremendous surge of excitement surrounding his inauguration as our 44th president, Barack Obama certainly could hope, perhaps even expect, that his ambitious policy agenda ...

A New Public Ethos

January 1, 2009 Is the "greed is good" era coming to an end? In reaction to the nation's financial crisis, government has begun a transformation that could usher in a new era of esteem for the public sector. If this happens, it will counter a long-running trend that has seen only temporary bumps ...

Management's Next Challenge

December 24, 2008 Should Barack Obama unveil a formal governmentwide management agenda, as have other recent presidents, and if so, what should it comprise? That topic was addressed by about 30 federal management experts, who spent an afternoon in mid-October discussing what might come next by way of a presidential management initiative. John ...