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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,, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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More on Woodrow Wilson’s Legacy of Segregating the Civil Service

November 24, 2015 Last week, I wrote about the troubled legacy of President Woodrow Wilson with regard to his effort to re-segregate the federal workforce. Today, the grandson of one of those directly affected weighs in with a real-world story of the impact of Wilson’s policies. Writing in The New York Times, Gordon...

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When Woodrow Wilson Segregated the Federal Workforce

November 20, 2015 This week, Woodrow Wilson became the latest historical figure to be drawn into ongoing battles over the legacy of racism at colleges and universities. A group of Princeton students demanded that Wilson’s name be erased from campus facilities and programs--a huge undertaking, given that there’s an entire school at the...

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An End and a Beginning

November 17, 2015 In the spring of 1969, a new magazine called Government Executive debuted. The cover featured Richard Nixon and the headline: “What Government Can Expect From President Nixon.” The editors did not know what government could expect from President Nixon. Of course, there is much they could not have predicted all...

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Public Service is No Longer Just Government Service

September 10, 2015 On Sept. 11, 2001, a young David A. Bray, who was then working for the Centers for Disease Control's Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program, was supposed to brief the FBI and CIA on what technologies could be used to respond to a bioterrorism event. Bray had to postpone that briefing...

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Life and Death Matter

September 8, 2015 Ask the average person on the street for their view of the federal government’s involvement in the health care system, and you’re likely to get a wide variety of responses—most of them less than positive. For some, Uncle Sam is simply a heavy-handed meddler. Remember, for example, the “keep the...

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Poll: GOP Would Get Blame for Shutdown

August 31, 2015 If Congress and the White House find themselves in another budget stalemate this fall and the government shuts down as a result, Republicans would shoulder most of the blame, a new poll indicates. In the Quinnipiac University poll, 41 percent of respondents said they would blame Republicans in Congress for...

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Big Hacks, Big Data and the Government of Tomorrow

August 21, 2015 With the breach of the Office of Personnel Management’s database and theft of personal information about millions of federal employees, issues of cybersecurity and the government’s data management practices have captured the nation’s attention. That’s why this year we’ve decided to focus squarely on these topics at Nextgov Prime 2015,...

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Why Obama’s Post-Presidential Role Model Could be Herbert Hoover

August 19, 2015 Earlier this week, the New York Times reported on President Obama’s burgeoning effort to determine exactly what to do after he leaves the Oval Office for the last time in January 2017. It involves holding several dinners in recent months with business executives, thinkers, and those who might be interested...

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Smithsonian Holds Out Virtual Tin Cup for Spacesuit Restoration

August 18, 2015 You might think a suit designed to be worn on the surface of the moon would be highly durable. But that’s not the case. Spacesuits are actually fragile and subject to decay, which is why those from the early days of the space program have spent much of their time...

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Millennials: More Government, Please

August 14, 2015 Much has been written about the disgust of the millennial generation with the state of the American political system and about how federal agencies haven’t been able to get younger folks to commit to careers in public service. But this doesn’t apparently translate into a distrust of government generally, or...