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Tom Shoop

Vice President and Editor in Chief

Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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Here’s Your Chance to Vote Someone On To Government’s All-Star Team

July 21, 2015 Last week, the American League beat the National League in baseball’s annual All-Star Game, with a team of starters voted on by fans across the country (especially those of the Kansas City Royals). This fall, the annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals winners, representing the all-stars of federal...

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How Government Can Get Better at Managing Big Programs

July 17, 2015 Even as federal agencies take on ever more complicated endeavors, they have been slow to adopt program management techniques common in the private sector, a new report concludes. “Large complex change initiatives have become a major feature of agencies once associated with the most routine production operations, whether it be...

Yes, There Will Be a Federal Spending Spree This Fall

July 15, 2015 Federal agencies typically squeeze much of their contract spending in at the end of the federal fiscal year, and that trend is expected to continue this fall, analysts and agency officials said Wednesday. Since 2009, agencies have spent an average of 32 percent of their annual contract dollars in the...

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Another Scandal, Another Resignation

July 10, 2015 Katherine Archuleta may have set a federal record by making the trip from “I’m not resigning” to “I quit” in less than 24 hours. This suggests that perhaps there was a call from the White House encouraging the Office of Personnel Management director to reconsider her position. Either way, Archuleta’s...

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Transformers

July 8, 2015 President Obama is convinced that in his time left in office, he can turn an “ossified” and “stuck” federal government into a sleeker, more agile operation that works smoothly with Silicon Valley to bring the latest technology to bear to improve people’s lives. In an interview with Fast Company magazine...

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Happy Belated Independence from Government Day

July 6, 2015 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the...

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Feds to Festival: Give Us Ice Cream and Air Conditioning

June 29, 2015 Burning Man, the annual no-holds-barred festival of freedom and artistic expression in the Nevada desert, has a rather interesting relationship with government, and the federal government in particular. And that relationship has gotten a lot more interesting in the past few days. Burning Man thrives on an ethos of self-governance,...

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Obama: I’ll ‘Yank Government’ Into Changing Its Ways

June 15, 2015 President Obama is convinced that in his time left in office, he can transform an “ossified” and “stuck” federal government into a sleeker, more agile operation that works smoothly with Silicon Valley to bring the latest technology to bear to improve people’s lives. In a Q&A with Fast Company published...

DoD's HR Overhaul: From Yugo to Maserati in a Year and a Half

June 9, 2015 Working with 53 different pay and personnel systems, powered by 7 million lines of undocumented Cobol code, makes managing U.S. Army forces a rather large challenge, according to Roy Wallace. “Right now, I’m driving a Yugo and what I need is a Maserati,” said Wallace, the Army’s assistant deputy chief...

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The Astronaut Poop Bandit of 1969

June 8, 2015 It appears that the Environmental Protection Agency was not the first federal agency to experience an employee poop problem. Last year, managers at one of the EPA’s regional offices had to send a memo to staff reminding them not to defecate in the hallways. But there was another workplace pooping...