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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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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 ...

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Hey Federal Techies -- Make Your Voice Heard!

February 21, 2014 If you work in federal information technology, you're operating in a world in which priorities, approaches and tools are evolving rapidly. To better understand the changing dynamics of IT management, the Government Business Council -- the research arm of Government Executive Media Group -- is conducting quarterly surveys of government ...

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Watch Jerry Seinfeld Rip the Postal Service

February 19, 2014 Jerry Seinfeld does not like the United States Postal Service. More than one episode of his classic eponymous sitcom was devoted to mocking the foibles of the postal bureaucracy, and a central character in the series, “Newman,” was a letter carrier whose work was characterized by laziness and ineptitude. In ...

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Have Feds Been Off the Job 25 Percent of the Time This Fiscal Year?

February 19, 2014 Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times presented an interesting statistic yesterday: Since the beginning of fiscal 2014, federal agencies in Washington “have been closed in whole or in part for 27 of the 105 weekdays.” In other words, the government in Washington has been open less than 75 percent of ...