Anthony Clark is a former speechwriter, committee professional staffer, and legislative director in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 111th Congress he directed hearings and investigations of the National Archives and presidential libraries for the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. He writes about presidential legacy and Congress and has had bylines at Salon, Time, and History News Network, and appears regularly in the media as an expert on federal and presidential records and libraries. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Anthony graduated from St. Aidan School in Williston Park and Chaminade High School in Mineola. He earned a Master of Science in Management and Systems from New York University, and worked for eighteen years as an information technology consultant. He now lives in Southern Maryland, where he enjoys the outdoors but misses bagels and pizza.
As a professional staffer on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during the 111th Congress, Anthony wrote and planned hearings on the management of federal electronic records, including personal vs. official email; the National Archives’ (NARA) use of federal advisory committees; the loss of veterans’ electronic records; stakeholders’ views on selecting the next archivist of the United States; the participation of hard to count communities in the 2010 Census; NARA’s ability to safeguard electronic records; the Freedom of Information Act; NARA’s decision to emphasize museum exhibits over records processing; federal Web 2.0 technology; counting people living in group quarters during the 2010 Census; the reauthorization of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission; and public, open access to federally-funded research.