Government Executive - Authors - Tom Shoophttp://www.govexec.com/voices/tom-shoop/2204/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 <i>Government Executive</i> magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.en-usFri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:14 -0500Obama Makes it Official: 1 Percent Pay Raise For 2015http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/12/obama-approves-federal-pay-raise-2015/101769/President issues order implementing increase for civilian federal employees and uniformed military service members.Tom ShoopFri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:14 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/12/obama-approves-federal-pay-raise-2015/101769/Pay & BenefitsPresident Obama spoke to reporters at the White House Dec. 19, before heading to Hawaii for Christmas.Carolyn Kaster/Associated PressHow to Beat Bureaucracy and Change a Federal Agencyhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/how-beat-bureaucracy-and-change-federal-agency/101472/Rajiv Shah leaves an impressive legacy at the U.S. Agency for International Development.Tom ShoopWed, 17 Dec 2014 12:41:39 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/how-beat-bureaucracy-and-change-federal-agency/101472/News - FedblogAlex Brandon/APTop-Performing Executives to Advise Policymakers on Improving Government Performancehttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/top-performing-federal-executives-advise-policymakers-improving-government-performance/100418/Senior Executives Association and Volcker Alliance create network of Presidential Distinguished Rank Award winners.Tom ShoopWed, 03 Dec 2014 17:07:17 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/top-performing-federal-executives-advise-policymakers-improving-government-performance/100418/ManagementActually, the Elections Were About Making Government Workhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/actually-elections-were-about-making-government-work/98339/But can Republicans deliver on that promise?Tom ShoopThu, 06 Nov 2014 12:27:56 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/actually-elections-were-about-making-government-work/98339/News - FedblogOffice of The Speaker of the HouseA Perk for Federal VIPs: Park Service’s Mountain Getawayhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/perk-federal-vips-park-services-mountain-getaway/97697/Vice President Biden offers to reimburse NPS for his stay at a cabin in Grand Teton National Park.Tom ShoopWed, 29 Oct 2014 11:06:04 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/perk-federal-vips-park-services-mountain-getaway/97697/OversightBrinkerhoff LodgeNational Park Service photoWhat the Decline in Public Trust Means for Governmenthttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/what-decline-public-trust-means-government/97514/The lack of faith spreads from elected officials to federal institutions.Tom ShoopMon, 27 Oct 2014 15:44:53 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/what-decline-public-trust-means-government/97514/News - FedblogNavy Cmdr. James Lawler, right, a member of the Defense Department medical support team, shows students how to remove their personal protective equipment during training in San Antonio last week.Defense DepartmentAmazing True Stories of the Bureaucracy!http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/amazing-true-stories-bureaucracy/94895/For one night a year, government’s unsung heroes take center stage.Tom ShoopTue, 23 Sep 2014 17:01:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/amazing-true-stories-bureaucracy/94895/News - FedblogPartnership for Public ServiceA Modest Proposal: Hire 1 Million New Federal Employeeshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/modest-proposal-hire-1-million-new-federal-employees/93023/An argument for a much bigger bureaucracy.Tom ShoopWed, 03 Sep 2014 14:49:10 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/modest-proposal-hire-1-million-new-federal-employees/93023/News - FedblogJirsak/Shutterstock.comDoes Obama Have ‘Zero Control’ Over the Bureaucracy?http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/does-obama-have-zero-control-over-bureaucracy/91163/The administration’s arms-length view of government has extended well into the president’s second term.Tom ShoopMon, 11 Aug 2014 16:53:24 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/does-obama-have-zero-control-over-bureaucracy/91163/News - FedblogDefense Department file photoWhat Government Never Could Have Expected from President Nixonhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/what-government-never-could-have-expected-president-nixon/91001/The president who tried to leverage the bureaucracy to “screw” his opponents resigned 40 years ago.Tom ShoopFri, 08 Aug 2014 12:53:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/what-government-never-could-have-expected-president-nixon/91001/News - FedblogAP file photoObama: It Shouldn’t Be So Hard to Fire Incompetent, Unethical Execshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/obama-it-shouldnt-be-so-hard-fire-incompetent-unethical-execs/90932/Also, quit punishing whistleblowers, the president says.Tom ShoopThu, 07 Aug 2014 16:50:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/obama-it-shouldnt-be-so-hard-fire-incompetent-unethical-execs/90932/News - FedblogState DepartmentIs Burning Man Really a Government-Free Zone?http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/burning-man-really-government-free-zone/90647/The annual artistic adventure promotes self-reliance, but is run by a series of organizations that look suspiciously like a government.Tom ShoopTue, 05 Aug 2014 16:02:46 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/burning-man-really-government-free-zone/90647/News - FedblogFlickr user Julia WolfWhat We Talk About When We Talk About the VAhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-va/90302/At least some of the emphasis should be on what VA is doing right.Tom ShoopFri, 01 Aug 2014 09:19:48 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-va/90302/News - FedblogVeterans Affairs DepartmentWhich Federal Agency Has the Rowdiest Employees?http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/which-federal-agency-has-rowdiest-employees/90275/President Obama has an opinion.Tom ShoopFri, 01 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/which-federal-agency-has-rowdiest-employees/90275/ManagementObama spoke to HUD employees ThursdayUnited States Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentShe Never Stopped Working to Make Government Betterhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/she-never-stopped-working-make-government-better/90227/A tribute to Rosslyn S. Kleeman.Tom ShoopThu, 31 Jul 2014 15:42:08 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/she-never-stopped-working-make-government-better/90227/News - FedblogUmm, Congressman, Those Federal Executives Testifying Before You Are Not Foreignershttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/umm-congressman-those-federal-executives-testifying-you-are-not-foreigners/89759/An embarrassing case of mistaken identity on Capitol Hill.Tom ShoopFri, 25 Jul 2014 17:15:30 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/umm-congressman-those-federal-executives-testifying-you-are-not-foreigners/89759/News - FedblogForeign Policy via VimeoGovernment’s Biggest Failures, 2001-2014http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/governments-biggest-failures-2001-2014/88678/A scholar looks at recent instances of where government has fallen short, either in oversight or operations.Tom ShoopMon, 14 Jul 2014 17:46:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/governments-biggest-failures-2001-2014/88678/ManagementAfrica Studio/Shutterstock.comFor Some Feds, Shutdown Was Baby-Making Timehttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/some-feds-shutdown-was-baby-making-time/88558/Finding a (re)productive way to address a bad situation.Tom ShoopFri, 11 Jul 2014 17:03:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/some-feds-shutdown-was-baby-making-time/88558/News - FedblogNadezda Cruzova/Shutterstock.comThis Guy Definitely Has the Strangest Federal Jobhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/guy-definitely-has-strangest-federal-job/88273/NASA’s designated smeller sniffs out obnoxious odors so astronauts don’t have to.Tom ShoopWed, 09 Jul 2014 15:21:01 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/guy-definitely-has-strangest-federal-job/88273/News - FedblogScience Channel via YoutubeNow Covering States and Localities, Too!http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/now-covering-states-and-localities-too/88243/The launch of GovExec.com’s new state and local channel.Tom ShoopWed, 09 Jul 2014 10:58:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/now-covering-states-and-localities-too/88243/News - FedblogSpringfield is both the county seat for Sangamon County and the capitol of Illinois.Henryk Sadura/Shutterstock.comHow To Ruin Your Political Career: Run a Federal Agencyhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/how-ruin-your-political-career-run-federal-agency/88111/Apparently there’s no greater sin than turning into an “administration lifer.”Tom ShoopTue, 08 Jul 2014 11:30:15 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/how-ruin-your-political-career-run-federal-agency/88111/News - FedblogRichard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection BureauHouse Subcommittee on Oversight and ReformWhat Does Running the VA Have to Do With Selling Soap?http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/what-does-running-va-have-do-selling-soap/87745/From Procter & Gamble to one of government’s biggest bureaucracies.Tom ShoopWed, 02 Jul 2014 14:05:02 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/what-does-running-va-have-do-selling-soap/87745/News - FedblogCharles Dharapak/APObama to Cabinet: I Expect Better Performancehttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/obama-cabinet-i-expect-better-performance/87646/President tells agency heads they’ve got room for improvement.Tom ShoopTue, 01 Jul 2014 12:25:36 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/obama-cabinet-i-expect-better-performance/87646/ManagementPresident Barack Obama speaks to the media during a meeting with his cabinet members in the Cabinet Room of the White House.Jacquelyn Martin/APObama: Vast Majority of Federal Employees Are Not Boneheadshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/obama-there-arent-many-boneheaded-federal-employees/87415/Only 1 percent of workforce is screwing up at any given moment, president estimates.Tom ShoopFri, 27 Jun 2014 09:02:47 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/obama-there-arent-many-boneheaded-federal-employees/87415/News - FedblogObama made the comments at a town hall meeting at Minneapolis' Minnehaha Park.Jim Mone/APOMB Wants Agencies to Move Beyond Measuring Performancehttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/06/omb-wants-agencies-move-beyond-measuring-performance/86722/Long-term focus should be on taking action to improve operations, official says.Tom ShoopWed, 18 Jun 2014 16:33:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/06/omb-wants-agencies-move-beyond-measuring-performance/86722/ManagementTish1/Shutterstock.com