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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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Last Chance to Nominate a Peak Public Servant

January 16, 2014 If you know of someone who’s working above and beyond the call of duty in your organization, now is the time to try to get him or her for some recognition. Because time is just about up to nominate peak-performing public servants for this year’s Service to America medals. Nominations ...

Gates’ Love-Hate Relationship with Bureaucracy

January 8, 2014 Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is making quite a splash with his new memoir, and it’s not even out yet. Commenters on the book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, have noted Gates’ highly critical assessment of President Obama, the White House national security team and members of Congress. ...

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Robert Gates’ Love-Hate Relationship With the Bureaucracy

January 8, 2014 Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is making quite a splash with his new memoir, and it’s not even out yet. Commenters on the book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, have noted Gates’ highly critical assessment of President Obama, the White House national security team and members of Congress. ...

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The Top 7 Federal Stories of the Year

December 31, 2013 In many ways, 2013 was a year to forget, with a shutdown of government, scandals aplenty, budget cuts and furloughs, a botched rollout of the Healthcare.gov website and the tragic deaths of several federal employees at the hands of a shooter at the Washington Navy Yard. But before we put ...

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VA Employee’s Prescription Tracking Idea Wins Administration Cost-Cutting Contest

December 23, 2013 The Veterans Affairs Department routinely mails out most of its outpatient prescriptions using U.S. mail, and if veterans want to check on the status of their prescriptions, they must pick up the phone and give their local VA medical center a call. Kenneth Siehr had an idea to change that, ...

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Procurement Policy Chief to Leave Post for Private Firm

December 20, 2013 In an unexpected move, Joseph Jordan, head of the White House procurement policy office, is leaving the administration to join a private firm that runs an online marketplace used by federal agencies. Jordan is joining FedBid, a company headquartered in Vienna, Va., the company said in a press release. He ...

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These Awards Make Government Look Bad

December 17, 2013 Yesterday, when I wrote about the finalists for this year’s SAVE Awards, in which the Obama administration recognizes federal employees for ideas to improve the efficiency of federal operations, an erstwhile colleague of mine weighed in on Twitter: “Frankly, these seem like things that should have been fixed years ago,” ...

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OMB Unveils Best Cost-Cutting Ideas

December 16, 2013 The Office of Management and Budget Monday announced the four finalists in the Obama administration’s annual SAVE Award competition, recognizing federal employees who come up with innovative cost-cutting ideas. The administration created the award in 2009, saying that the best ideas for improving efficiency in federal operations often come from ...

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Can President Obama Manage Government?

November 26, 2013 According to a CNN poll released this week, only 40 percent of Americans say President Obama manages government effectively, down 12 points since June. That’s not exactly shocking, given the well-documented snafus in the rollout of Healthcare.gov. The problem is that these survey results are not a reflection of a ...

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Which Metro Area Has the Highest Share of Federal Employees? Hint: Not Washington

November 15, 2013 There has been much talk lately about the effects of pay freezes, sequestration, furloughs and government shutdowns on the federal workforce and the overall economy. Naturally, the hardest-hit areas over the long haul are likely to be the ones with the highest concentrations of federal employees. You might think that ...