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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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OMB Wants Agencies to Move Beyond Measuring Performance

June 18, 2014 Much of the emphasis in the federal performance reporting process has been on measuring how well agencies are doing at meeting short-term goals, a key Office of Management and Budget official said Tuesday. Now with new strategic reviews underway, the focus should gradually shift to implementing improvements. There are three ...

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FCC Chairman Not a Wild Dog (Or is He?)

June 16, 2014 A couple of weeks ago, HBO's John Oliver took up the subject of net neutrality on his faux-news program, Last Week Tonight. In a widely shared epic rant, Oliver argued that Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler has a conflict of interest in the debate over cable companies and Internet speeds, ...

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Accomplishments: Amazing. Bonuses: $0

June 6, 2014 With all the talk these days of inappropriate bonuses for executives at the Veterans Affairs Department, last night provided a look at the other end of the spectrum. The Senior Executives Association honored dozens of high-ranking career federal officials for highly impressive accomplishments that have received scant attention from the ...

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At Least Eric Shinseki Didn’t Get Choked by the President

June 2, 2014 Eric Shinseki’s visit to the White House Friday that culminated in President Obama accepting his resignation could’ve been worse. After all, he only lost his job. The first head of the federal agency created to serve veterans suffered a more ignominious fate. In a report on the “culture of coverups” ...

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Shutdowns, Base Closings and Other True Stories of Suburban Federal Life

May 19, 2014 By day, Charlie Clark covers federal management issues here at Government Executive, writing about everything from President Obama’s management agenda to Defense acquisition reform. But when he’s not cranking out news stories at a prodigious pace, Charlie moonlights for the Falls Church News-Press, writing about life in his beloved hometown ...

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Report: HUD's Donovan to OMB in Cabinet Shift

May 17, 2014 President Obama has decided to shuffle his cabinet, choosing San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to head the Housing and Urban Development Department and shifting current HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to the top job at the Office of Management and Budget, the New York Times reported. The Times attributed its report ...

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Performance Evaluation

May 9, 2014 It’s no secret that President Obama wants health care reform to be the signature domestic policy achievement of his presidency. He even has embraced the “Obamacare” label that his political opponents tried to slap on it as a term of derision. But when it came time to implement the law, ...

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Did Big Government End Slavery?

April 10, 2014 The debate over the size of the federal government took a turn for the absurd this week, as former Sen. Jim DeMint, now head of the Heritage Foundation, found himself in the spotlight for mounting an argument that big government had nothing to do with ending slavery in the United ...

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Feds of the Future

March 28, 2014 There’s something altogether audacious about presuming to predict the future when it comes to federal agencies, especially considering the rapid pace of technological change and the inherent uncertainties of the American political system. But that’s what we’ve set out to do in this issue—to peer into the not-too-distant future when ...

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Air Force Official JFK Called ‘Silly Bastard’ Immortalized on Film

March 11, 2014 It has to go down in history as one of the great presidential phone calls of all time. It took place on July 25, 1963, after the Washington Post reported that the Air Force had spent $5,000 to refurbish a room at Otis Air Force Base in Massachusetts in the ...