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

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The Era of Small Government

February 5, 1997 A year after declaring that the era of big government had ended, President Clinton gave an outline of the smaller, more limited federal government he envisions for the 21st century in his State of the Union message last night. The President listed a wide-ranging set of new initiatives in his...

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Spotlight on Reinvention

September 20, 1996 t a campaign rally today in Portland, Ore., President Clinton released The Best Kept Secrets in Government, the fourth annual report of Vice President Gore's National Performance Review. One of the reasons those secrets are so well kept is that Gore and President Clinton have decided not to place too...

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Government For Sale

June 1, 1995 hen Vice President Gore launched the second phase of the Clinton Administration's reinventing government initiative last December, he dusted off a term that hadn't been heard much since the Reagan Administration, and which Democrats have almost never dared speak; privatization. REGO I, said Gore at a press conference, had set...

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Not Dead Yet

May 1, 1995 couple of months ago, on one of those chilly, gray drizzly days when Washington couldn't make up its mind whether to blossom into spring or stay in its winter shell, an angry knot of federal employees marched up the steps of the U.S. Capitol to deliver their verdict on the...

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June 1, 1994 n his State of the Union address last January. President Clinton had a rare opportunity to put his administration's crusade to reinvent government on the national agenda. Here's how he chose to describe it: "We've cut staff, cut perks, even trimmed the fleet of federal limousines. After years of leaders...

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Targeting Middle Managers

January 1, 1994 hat set the Clinton Administration's National Performance Review apart from previous federal reform efforts was its earnest bureaucrat-friendliness. Vice President Al Gore's team, distancing itself from the abortive reforms of the Carter and Reagan eras, operated from the premise that convoluted systems of government, not individual bureaucrats were the source...

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Goring the Bureaucracy

October 1, 1993 hen President Clinton put Vice President Gore in charge of the National Performance Review last March it was by no means clear that the massive management-reform effort would be taken any more seriously than the dozen or so other efficiency commissions in this century that have already tried to make...