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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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Test Yourself: How Much Does Government Really Cost?

April 15, 2016 Even for people who work for Uncle Sam, it can be hard to get a handle on the $4 trillion federal budget. Just in time for Tax Day, our colleagues at The Atlantic have devised a game to test Americans’ knowledge of where their tax dollars actually go. It involves...

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Clinton Promises to Create New Immigration Office

April 13, 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton pledged Wednesday to create a new White House office devoted to immigration and refugee issues. “I would create the first-ever Office of Immigrant Affairs,” Clinton said during an appearance in New York City. “It would build on the work of the Obama administration’s task force...

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A Perk For Feds: Cheaper Seats at the Old Ball Game

April 11, 2016 Enjoying a major league baseball game can be an expensive proposition these days. But the Washington Nationals are making it more affordable for federal employees. They’re offering a discount of up to 30 percent to feds on tickets to all of their home games this year. The discount also applies...

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Clinton Campaign Pledges to Crack Open Government Files on UFOs, Aliens

April 8, 2016 There are many weighty issues in this year’s presidential campaign, from tax policy to how to deal with the threat from ISIS. But Hillary Clinton and her staff have repeatedly made time to address another apparently pressing concern: the possibility that aliens have visited Earth, and the U.S. government has...

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Trump: The Federal Government Should Do These Three Things. Or Maybe Just One.

March 30, 2016 On the campaign trail, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has expressed little confidence in the federal government’s ability to “make America great again,” and backed steep spending cuts in such agencies as the Education Department and the Environmental Protection Agency. But he wants to dramatically boost the Defense Department and...

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Lawmaker Puts Federal Zombies on Notice

March 16, 2016 Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., is a zombie hunter. At least, she’s making full use of the zombie metaphor to push legislation to force Congress to reauthorize federal programs or watch them disappear into the sunset. Late last week, McMorris Rodgers posted this video on YouTube: It features spooky music...

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Obama Looks to Outsiders to Fix “Big and Bloated” Government

March 12, 2016 As his second term in office draws to a close, President Obama has surveyed the federal landscape and sees a government that is incapable on its own of addressing critical national problems. So he’s making the case that outsiders--specifically, tech-savvy citizens--must step in and show federal agencies the way to...

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The One Federal Agency Donald Trump Loves

March 3, 2016 It’s no secret that Donald Trump is not a fan of many federal agencies. He’s called the management of the Veterans Affairs Department “ absolutely unacceptable,” singled out the Education Department and Environmental Protection Agency as candidates for major cuts, and said he sees waste, fraud and abuse “all over...

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Donald Trump’s Plan for Cutting Government

February 26, 2016 In Thursday’s CNN/Telemundo Republican presidential debate-turned-cage-match, moderator Wolf Blitzer asked Donald Trump how he would pay for his proposed tax cut and bring the federal budget into balance. Here’s how he responded: We're going to make many cuts in business. We're getting rid of -- we're going to get rid...

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I’m Not a ‘Big Government, Crazy Liberal,’ Obama Insists

February 23, 2016 As President Obama’s second term draws to a close, he’s not exactly taking a victory lap. But he is making a concerted effort to challenge the perception that he’s a lover of big government who has spent his time in office seeking to expand the federal footprint. On Monday, the...

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