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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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The Mayor, the Smart Sewer System and Burrito Night

February 14, 2018 South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg—whose claim to fame used to be that he was the youngest mayor of a city of more than 100,000 people in the United States—was a guest last weekend on National Public Radio’s news quiz show, Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me. In the course of...

How Come FBI’s McCabe Gets to Take Leave Before Retiring?

January 30, 2018 In reading news reports about the abrupt departure of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe yesterday, I was struck by one aspect of the story. As the Washington Post reported, “McCabe had planned to retire in March and use accrued vacation time to reach the date he becomes eligible for full...

Trump Continues to Insist He’ll Never Fill Some Top Government Jobs

November 3, 2017 President Trump took up the issue of the slow pace of political appointments in his administration Thursday, again indicating some of the top slots will never be filled. In a Fox News interview, Laura Ingraham asked Trump whether the lack of appointees at the State Department was hindering his ability...

Trump to Cabinet: I’m Cutting Your Budgets, But Expect ‘Lots of Heart’

October 16, 2017 President Trump held a Cabinet meeting Wednesday to discuss a range of domestic policy issues. He opened the session by telling the assembled department leaders they needed to fight to reduce their own budgets. But lest the president be perceived as a cold, calculating cost-cutter, he said he still expected...

Trump Disbands Labor-Management Forums at Federal Agencies

September 29, 2017 President Trump issued an order Friday disbanding labor-management forums at federal agencies that were created during the Obama administration. Trump rescinded Executive Order 13522, issued in December 2009, which established a National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations and set up a mechanism for implementing department- and agency-level labor-management forums across...

Federal Agencies Respond to ‘Unprecedented’ Texas Storm

August 27, 2017 As massive amounts of rainfall associated with Hurricane Harvey caused severe flooding in Houston, Texas and other areas of the state, federal officials worked closely with state and local officials on rescue and recovery efforts. Harvey made landfall late Friday as a category 4 hurricane. By Sunday, it had been...

Federal Agencies Respond to ‘Unprecedented’ Texas Storm

August 27, 2017 As massive amounts of rainfall associated with Hurricane Harvey caused severe flooding in Houston, Texas and other areas of the state, federal officials worked closely with state and local officials on rescue and recovery efforts. Harvey made landfall late Friday as a category 4 hurricane. By Sunday, it had been...

Doing Bold Work? Share Your Story

June 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last year, in the inaugural weeklong Fedstival, Government Executive and Nextgov convened leading federal officials and thinkers to share ideas about tackling government’s biggest challenges. Now, we’re deep into planning for Fedstival 2017, which will take place from Sept. 18-22 in Washington. The series of events culminates in Bold Friday,...

Doing Bold Work? Share Your Story

June 23, 2017 Last year, in the inaugural weeklong Fedstival, Government Executive and Nextgov convened leading federal officials and thinkers to share ideas about tackling government’s biggest challenges. Now we’re deep into planning for Fedstival 2017, which will take place from Sept. 18-22 in Washington. The series of events culminates in Bold Friday,...

Most Feds Say Agencies Aren’t Interested in Their Ideas

June 5, 2017 Earlier this year, Trump administration officials said they would seek out the input of federal employees as they craft plans for reforming and reorganizing government. If that actually happens, many federal employees apparently would find it to be a refreshing change. According to a new survey released by Eagle Hill...