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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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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...

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A Crime Thriller, Office Decorating Tips and GovExec

December 9, 2015 Here at Government Executive world headquarters in Washington this week, we’ve been moving into a new suite of offices. That involves a lot of packing and unpacking, which in turn has unearthed some interesting items. GovExec editor at large Tim Clark found a long-forgotten copy To Live and Die in...

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More on Woodrow Wilson’s Legacy of Segregating the Civil Service

November 24, 2015 Last week, I wrote about the troubled legacy of President Woodrow Wilson with regard to his effort to re-segregate the federal workforce. Today, the grandson of one of those directly affected weighs in with a real-world story of the impact of Wilson’s policies. Writing in The New York Times, Gordon...

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When Woodrow Wilson Segregated the Federal Workforce

November 20, 2015 This week, Woodrow Wilson became the latest historical figure to be drawn into ongoing battles over the legacy of racism at colleges and universities. A group of Princeton students demanded that Wilson’s name be erased from campus facilities and programs--a huge undertaking, given that there’s an entire school at the...

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An End and a Beginning

November 17, 2015 In the spring of 1969, a new magazine called Government Executive debuted. The cover featured Richard Nixon and the headline: “What Government Can Expect From President Nixon.” The editors did not know what government could expect from President Nixon. Of course, there is much they could not have predicted all...

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Public Service is No Longer Just Government Service

September 10, 2015 On Sept. 11, 2001, a young David A. Bray, who was then working for the Centers for Disease Control's Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program, was supposed to brief the FBI and CIA on what technologies could be used to respond to a bioterrorism event. Bray had to postpone that briefing...

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Life and Death Matter

September 8, 2015 Ask the average person on the street for their view of the federal government’s involvement in the health care system, and you’re likely to get a wide variety of responses—most of them less than positive. For some, Uncle Sam is simply a heavy-handed meddler. Remember, for example, the “keep the...