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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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What Does Running the VA Have to Do With Selling Soap?

July 2, 2014 On Monday, President Obama nominated Robert McDonald, former chief executive at Procter & Gamble, to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The choice was generally greeted warmly. McDonald, after all, is a West Point graduate and former Army ranger. And “he knows the key to any successful enterprise is staying ...

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Obama to Cabinet: I Expect Better Performance

July 1, 2014 In the midst of a series of high-profile management problems at agencies ranging from the Health and Human Services Department to the IRS to Veterans Affairs, President Obama provided another indication Tuesday that he is shifting priorities to focus on improving federal operations. In remarks before a Cabinet meeting, Obama ...

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Obama: Vast Majority of Federal Employees Are Not Boneheads

June 27, 2014 President Obama declared Thursday that 99 percent of federal employees are not boneheads. "Are there some federal workers who do some boneheaded things? Absolutely,” Obama said at a town hall meeting in Minneapolis, Politico reported. The president recalled something that former Defense Secretary Robert Gates told him: “One thing you ...

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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, ...