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Timothy B. Clarke

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The Health Care Test

February 1, 2011 The health care law's fate will help define government reach for years to come. In the 235-year-old struggle to define the role of government in our country, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enacted in March 2010 looks to be a milestone. From every corner of the constitutional landscape, ...

In the Crosshairs

January 1, 2011 Federal executives look ahead to a tough two years. President Obama's announcement on Nov. 30 that federal civilian workers would go without raises for the next two years was the first of many moves that will test federal managers in the months ahead. This year and next could see pay ...

Attacking Poverty

November 1, 2010 A new program holds new possibilities. There was joy in the Parkside-Kenilworth section of Anacostia on Sept. 21 when Education Secretary Arne Duncan, joined by other Cabinet members and White House officials, announced this poverty-stricken neighborhood of the nation's capital would benefit from a grant to help improve its children's ...

Collaboration and Control

September 1, 2010 Web 2.0 meets government's desire to shape the message. Social media and other innovations of Web 2.0 can greatly benefit private and public institutions, says Andrew McAfee, author of Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization's Toughest Challenges (Harvard Business School Press, 2009). McAfee makes a persuasive case that ...

Turning Point

August 1, 2010 Choices we make now could spell prosperity or decline. 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 ...

War of Words

July 28, 2010 Can a federal agency be transformed through "openness" and "transparency"? If so, then these abstract new buzzwords would gain significance among those charged with making Obama administration directives a reality in many corners of the federal establishment. Allow me to offer a tentative answer to that question by describing the ...

War of Words

July 1, 2010 Openness transforms an important regulatory agency. Can a federal agency be transformed through "openness" and "transparency"? If so, then these abstract new buzzwords would gain significance among those charged with making Obama administration directives a reality in many corners of the federal establishment. Allow me to offer a tentative answer ...

Pay as Topic A

June 1, 2010 Feds, lobbyists and Wall Street all are in the salary spotlight. Suddenly, people's pay has emerged as Topic A from Main Street to Wall Street and from K Street to the halls of official power in Washington. Debate about skewed distribution of income and wealth generally has been framed in ...

The Jobs Dilemma

April 1, 2010 Looking for a longer view. President Obama's final push to secure health care reform legislation in March was something of a distraction, he admitted, from the most pressing issue: "jobs, jobs, jobs." So he also was encouraging Congress to produce another "jobs" bill-no longer called by the out-of-favor name of ...

Besieged, But Not Morose

March 1, 2010 Sampling senior executives' state of mind. What's on the minds of senior federal executives a little more than a year into the Obama administration? An unscientific sample of answers to that question was supplied by about 20 Senior Executive Service members who attended a mid-March Executive Summit organized by the ...