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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 Petraeus Story

March 1, 2012 Last summer, as he relinquished command of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus flew to Berlin, Paris, London and Ankara, Turkey, to thank key contributors to the NATO mission that was fighting the war against the Taliban. Petraeus was leaving not only as commander of 100,000 American troops in...

Vision of Small

February 1, 2012 What could happen to American government if conservatives build on their 2010 electoral triumph by winning the White House in 2012? Answers to that question have emerged in the GOP presidential nominating contest. And the clearest vision has come from Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Pundits say the Republican candidates...

The New Public Era

January 1, 2012 Is government sounding the sirens of retreat? Not necessarily. With our politics so bitter, it may be counterintuitive to think that a new public era is in the offing-defined by a "public ethos" more devoted to the common good. But a plausible argument to that effect comes from one of...

Before The Fall

December 1, 2011 A general's tale of Afghan challenges. Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller is an engaging, good-humored man who loved his role as chief of security forces training in Afghanistan-until he lost the job just hours after joining me on the National Press Club stage last month. During a Government Executive leadership briefing...

Analysis: The real picture in Afghanistan

November 7, 2011 Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller is an engaging, good-humored man who loved his job as chief of security forces training in Afghanistan -- until he lost it just hours after joining me on the National Press Club stage in Washington last week. During our Nov. 3 session, Fuller pulled no punches...

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...

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