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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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Federal Agencies Respond to ‘Unprecedented’ Texas Storm

August 27, 2017 As massive amounts of rainfall associated with Hurricane Harvey caused severe flooding in Houston, Texas and other areas of the state, federal officials worked closely with state and local officials on rescue and recovery efforts. Harvey made landfall late Friday as a category 4 hurricane. By Sunday, it had been...

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Federal Agencies Respond to ‘Unprecedented’ Texas Storm

August 27, 2017 As massive amounts of rainfall associated with Hurricane Harvey caused severe flooding in Houston, Texas and other areas of the state, federal officials worked closely with state and local officials on rescue and recovery efforts. Harvey made landfall late Friday as a category 4 hurricane. By Sunday, it had been...

Doing Bold Work? Share Your Story

June 23, 2017 Last year, in the inaugural weeklong Fedstival, Government Executive and Nextgov convened leading federal officials and thinkers to share ideas about tackling government’s biggest challenges. Now, we’re deep into planning for Fedstival 2017, which will take place from Sept. 18-22 in Washington. The series of events culminates in Bold Friday,...

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Doing Bold Work? Share Your Story

June 23, 2017 Last year, in the inaugural weeklong Fedstival, Government Executive and Nextgov convened leading federal officials and thinkers to share ideas about tackling government’s biggest challenges. Now we’re deep into planning for Fedstival 2017, which will take place from Sept. 18-22 in Washington. The series of events culminates in Bold Friday,...

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Most Feds Say Agencies Aren’t Interested in Their Ideas

June 5, 2017 Earlier this year, Trump administration officials said they would seek out the input of federal employees as they craft plans for reforming and reorganizing government. If that actually happens, many federal employees apparently would find it to be a refreshing change. According to a new survey released by Eagle Hill...

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Honoring Great Ideas in State and Local Government

June 2, 2017 Last year, Government Executive’s sister publication Route Fifty, which focuses on state and local government, debuted the Navigator Awards to identify and highlight ideas and innovations that are being put into practice across the country. The Route Fifty team carefully evaluated a pool of team and individual entries, choosing 50...

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Run (or Walk) To Help Out Feds in Need

March 10, 2017 Here are three things you can do on Sunday, May 7: raise funds to help out federal employees in need, show support generally for public servants, and get some exercise. And you can do them all simultaneously at the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund’s annual 5K Run/Walk. FEEA is...

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The Interior Secretary Went to Work on Horseback. Here’s How Other Cabinet Secretaries Should Commute

March 2, 2017 Newly confirmed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke arrived at work in novel fashion Thursday: astride a horse. Flanked by mounted U.S. Park Police officers, the cowboy-hatted Zinke rode through the streets of Washington like he was back home in Montana. This got me thinking: Outside of Zinke, Cabinet secretaries have shown...

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Why Trump Has Made So Few Appointments

February 28, 2017 As president, Donald Trump has the opportunity and the obligation to name about 4,000 people to fill political appointee slots — and more than 1,000 of those jobs require Senate confirmation. So far, he’s filled only a tiny fraction of them. Of the 549 positions the Partnership for Public Service...

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Is President Trump Getting a Federal Paycheck?

February 27, 2017 When Donald Trump became president on Jan. 20, he immediately went on the federal payroll at a $400,000 annual salary. But he’s pledged to take virtually none of it. During the campaign, Trump declared that he would not accept a paycheck if elected. (“That’s no big deal for me,” he...