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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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Federal Education

November 1, 2007 Are subsidies really required to get the workforce we need? For years, the tag line on our front cover has characterized Government Executive as "Government's Business Magazine." It telegraphs our mission: to address the many activities of federal government and the people and systems that make them work. Gradually, the ...

Two Generals

October 1, 2007 Is seeking to "win" hazardous to the Army's long-term health? Significant policy shifts in the U.S. commitment to Iraq have been kicked down the road a year or so in the wake of Gen. David Petraeus' lionization during the briefings he gave Congress in mid-September. The upbeat assessment he delivered ...

Good Data

September 15, 2007 By the numbers, government can get better. One of the best known public sector accountability efforts is Baltimore's CitiStat program. It assembles detailed data about the performance of publicly funded programs and reports to Mayor Sheila Dixon in sessions that include her Cabinet, CitiStat analysts and the (sometimes embarrassed) heads ...

Hapless Haphazardness

September 1, 2007 We have it today, and probably tomorrow. All the hand-wringing and knee-jerk responses to the tragic collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis in August served to underscore our country's lamentably haphazard approach to governance. Sen. Hillary Clinton rushed to the ramparts with a $10 billion plan to repair ...

Procurement Accounts

August 15, 2007 Taking stock of government's buying surge. Years ago, Government Executive bought a small magazine called Military Logistics Forum, which started an annual accounting of Defense Department procurement spending. Knowing that people like lists, its editor, Steve Hull, found a way to rank contractors in categories ranging from ships to missiles ...

From the Field

August 1, 2007 Border agents tread the fine line between friend and foe, barriers and access, technology and tin. I am standing in government offices about 30 feet above the dense northbound traffic at the Mexico border in San Ysidro, Calif., when word comes that officers have fingered a suspected smuggler and confiscated ...

Delivering Information

July 15, 2007 Risk management and the Pursuit of Happiness. Sometimes you have to wonder just what possesses the people who plan and execute the policies the federal government pursues. Why do they do what they do? How can they possibly believe the data they peddle to support the actions they want to ...

Delivering Information

July 1, 2007 A reader defines our mission. A note to warm our editors' hearts arrived recently from Cil Pleman, a subscriber in San Diego. "Month after month, I find useful and interesting articles in your publication that either help me directly at work, or keep me informed about what's going on around ...

Whiskey or Not?

June 15, 2007 Soggy Sweat speaks to both sides of the issue. Please indulge me, gentle reader, if I allow this column to stray to the delirious subject of political speech. Polarization is rampant. Black is black, white is white, with little room for gray. On climate change, the choices politicians present are: ...

Politics and Regulation

May 15, 2007 Are career officials and political appointees in federal agencies squaring off to do battle these days, as our cover image suggests? Certainly tensions have been running high-and the political cadre has been absorbing a lot of blows. The toppling of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was viewed as just desserts by ...