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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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The Stat Approach

November 1, 2008 Baltimore's CitiStat holds agencies' feet to the fire. In September, the Office of Management and Budget released its final evaluation of the performance of federal programs. This was the last act of OMB's five-year-old PART endeavor, the catchy acronym standing for a clunky title: Performance Assessment Rating Tool. PART found ...

Reflections on government and nature: summer and fall at Acadia National Park

October 15, 2008 MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine-As I peered into the future last spring, I realized that I might match my obligation (and privilege) to write the "Perspectives" column appearing each month at the end of the magazine with my plan to spend a few weeks on the island that is home to ...

Into the Woods

October 1, 2008 Conservation leaders battle "nature-deficit disorder." Acadia National Park, Maine-Will today's children inherit the conservation ethic that created this beautiful national park and others like it across the country? That question preoccupies the graying leadership of the National Park Service, the Forest Service and others concerned that American's appreciation of nature ...

In the Park

September 1, 2008 In Maine, many players make Acadia hum. Mount Desert Island, Maine-For Sheridan Steele, superintendent of Acadia National Park, and Marla O'Byrne, president of a private group that raises money to support the park, the busiest season has waned with summer's end. Acre for acre, Acadia is the most visited national ...

Everyone a Changemaker

August 1, 2008 The citizen sector's path to a better world. To make the world a better place, many people for many years saw government as the employer of choice. Government remains the most powerful instrument of change. But another sector, run by ordinary and extraordinary citizens, is proving far more innovative-and more ...

Invest and Grow

July 30, 2008 With the Bush administration in full lame-duck mode, every important group in Washington is focusing on the upcoming transition and the policies that our new president might adopt. Management issues, of great interest to senior executives, are one focus of attention. With many agencies now rife with vacancies, reformers are ...

Invest and Grow

July 1, 2008 Invest and grow-or should we rein in our spending desires? With the Bush administration in full lame-duck mode, every important group in Washington is focusing on the upcoming transition and the policies that our new president might adopt. Management issues, of great interest to senior executives, are one focus of ...

Constraints on Change

June 1, 2008 Two scholars assess the state of the federal system. One might hope this year's election will bring new beginnings: a fresh look at the programs, structures and policies of the U.S. government. Indeed, this is what the last three candidates seemed to promise, at least for a while: Barack Obama's ...

How Are We Doing?

May 1, 2008 New tools are needed to measure progress toward critical goals. Americans love to keep score, as the new baseball season reminds us. There's a statistic for everything in baseball, and entire fantasy leagues are based on players' stats. But as to the state of the nation, American score keeping is ...

Ethics Ensemble

April 30, 2008 In January, the nonprofit Ethics Resource Center offered a stark warning about growing misconduct in government. "We believe that the next Enron could take place in the public sector," said center president Patricia Harned. The report listed discrimination, sexual harassment, lying to stakeholders and Internet abuse among nine kinds of ...