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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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It’s Not True That No One in Congress Takes Government Performance Seriously

June 7, 2016 Henry Cuellar is more than a little delighted to talk about government performance and customer service. After all, it’s not every day the Texas Democrat is asked to expound on a subject that’s clearly near and dear to his heart. And since he’s not only the driving force behind the...

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TSA, Big Government and the Controversy That Was Inevitable

June 1, 2016 In February 2002, I wrote a story for Government Executive centered on the debate (such as it was) over federalizing airport security under the Transportation Security Administration. After the 9/11 attacks, in a stunning reversal of the trend at the time toward privatizing government services, Congress voted overwhelmingly to federalize...

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What the FEMA Director Learned From Watching Monty Python

May 31, 2016 Over the weekend, Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, became the latest government figure to appear on Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, the weekly National Public Radio news quiz. He was a good sport, taking part in the show’s “Not My Job” segment, in which he gamely...

So, What Does a CIO Actually Do All Day?

May 23, 2016 A day in the life of a chief information officer at a federal agency involves a lot of meetings, a search for consensus on key decisions and a dose of the unexpected. So said four federal CIOs who appeared at the ACT-IAC Management of Change conference Monday in Cambridge, Maryland....

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The Man Who Showed How to Make Government Work

May 19, 2016 Few Americans would recognize Dwight Ink on sight. But millions of them have benefited from the work he did over decades of service as a career federal executive in a host of agencies. On Thursday, the National Academy of Public Administration honored Ink’s exemplary record of accomplishment by naming the...

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Captain Make America Great Again: A Superhero Movie for the Time of Trump

May 9, 2016 The battle over the role of government in providing security and regulating the activities of its citizens isn’t just playing out on the presidential campaign trail. This weekend, in case you didn’t notice, it came to your local multiplex in the form of Captain America: Civil War. In the film...

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It’s More Than a Conference, It’s a Fedstival!

April 20, 2016 For many years, Government Executive and our sister publication, Nextgov (focusing on technology and the future of government), have entertained and educated thousands of federal managers and executives at everything from daylong events to after-work meetups. Now we’ve decided to think even bigger: We’re joining forces to create a multi-day...

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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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