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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,, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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Washington Agencies to Reopen Wednesday With Three-Hour Delay

January 26, 2016 Federal offices in and around Washington will be open Wednesday, with a three-hour delayed arrival, the Office of Personnel Management announced Tuesday. Federal employees also have the option of taking unscheduled leave or telework. “Non-emergency employees must notify their supervisor of their intent to use unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework...

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How a Bureaucratic Job Turned Ted Cruz Into a Political Renegade

January 26, 2016 Sixteen years ago, when a young Ted Cruz moved to Austin, Texas, to work in the presidential campaign of George W. Bush, he had big aspirations. A lawyer by training and an indefatigable political operator, he envisioned ending up as White House counsel in a Bush administration. Things turned out...

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Offices in Washington Area to Remain Shuttered Tuesday

January 25, 2016 Federal offices in and around Washington will remain closed Tuesday, the Office of Personnel Management announced Monday evening. The announcement came as local jurisdictions struggled to remove the massive amounts of snow dumped on the region in last weekend’s snowstorm. Main roads were open across the area Tuesday, but crews...

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Washington-Area Federal Agencies to Remain Closed Monday

January 24, 2016 Federal offices in the Washington region will remain closed on Monday, the Office of Personnel Management announced Sunday evening. Emergency and telework-ready employees must follow their agencies' individual policies regarding work, OPM said. The move came as the national capital region continued to dig out from a massive winter storm...

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When ‘Ignorance’ and ‘Contempt’ for Government Is a Political Winner

January 20, 2016 Several good-government groups have mounted campaigns to improve the presidential transition process this year, with the aim of smoothing the path for the next administration to begin governing effectively. But there may be a complicating factor: Several of the candidates on the GOP side have little faith or trust in...

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Seeking Nominations for the Best in Public Service

January 14, 2016 Who are the best of the best in the federal government? If you know, now’s the time to speak up. Because nominations close Friday for the 2016 Service to America Medals. The Sammies, as the awards are known, are given annually by the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit group...

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State of the Union Highlights: Bureaucracy, Big Government and Benefits

January 12, 2016 Live updates from President Obama's State of the Union address, highlighting his statements about government management and federal employees. 10:09 p.m. The State of the Union, in one word: "strong." And that's a wrap. 10:02 p.m. A challenge to all Americans on working to get the government they want: "It...

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Federal Employees Harassed in Oregon Standoff

January 12, 2016 As federal officials take a hands-off approach to the standoff with armed militants who have occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., the militia members have responded this week by escalating the situation on the ground. In a statement Monday, Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward said the militants, many...

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Why Paul Ryan Didn’t Shut Down the Government

December 22, 2015 In his first weeks on the job, House Speaker Paul Ryan faced a whole bunch of “first tests.” But none was bigger than trying to avoid a government shutdown when the continuing resolution keeping agencies open expired in early December. In an appearance Tuesday on conservative talk radio host Bill...

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Wasteful Government Project or Indie Rock Band?

December 11, 2015 Earlier this week, Sen. Jeff Flake released a study called Wastebook: The Farce Awakens, a painfully Star Wars-themed report detailing what his office characterized as “egregious, outrageous and unnecessary government spending.” The report continues a tradition established by former Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., of issuing annual, barbed reports on questionable...