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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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Big Hacks, Big Data and the Government of Tomorrow

August 21, 2015 With the breach of the Office of Personnel Management’s database and theft of personal information about millions of federal employees, issues of cybersecurity and the government’s data management practices have captured the nation’s attention. That’s why this year we’ve decided to focus squarely on these topics at Nextgov Prime 2015,...

Why Obama’s Post-Presidential Role Model Could be Herbert Hoover

August 19, 2015 Earlier this week, the New York Times reported on President Obama’s burgeoning effort to determine exactly what to do after he leaves the Oval Office for the last time in January 2017. It involves holding several dinners in recent months with business executives, thinkers, and those who might be interested...

Smithsonian Holds Out Virtual Tin Cup for Spacesuit Restoration

August 18, 2015 You might think a suit designed to be worn on the surface of the moon would be highly durable. But that’s not the case. Spacesuits are actually fragile and subject to decay, which is why those from the early days of the space program have spent much of their time...

Millennials: More Government, Please

August 14, 2015 Much has been written about the disgust of the millennial generation with the state of the American political system and about how federal agencies haven’t been able to get younger folks to commit to careers in public service. But this doesn’t apparently translate into a distrust of government generally, or...

TSA to Move Headquarters to Alexandria

August 12, 2015 The Transportation Security Administration will move its headquarters from Arlington, Virginia, to an office building in neighboring Alexandria, the General Services Administration announced Wednesday. The move, which is scheduled to take place in 2017, will save taxpayers $15 million over the life of the 15-year lease on the new facility,...

What ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Tells Us About the Big Government Debate

August 10, 2015 The literary event of the year is the breathlessly awaited publication of Go Set a Watchman, the prequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. While the book arrived to mixed reviews, and questions about whether Harper Lee actually wanted it to see the light of day, it is at the very...

There Won’t Be a Shutdown, Senate Leader Says

August 4, 2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged Tuesday that the government would not shut down at the end of the fiscal year, despite several contentious issues that divide Republicans and Democrats in Congress. McConnell, who has previously promised to avoid ever shutting down government again, renewed that vow Tuesday. “Let...

Here’s Your Chance to Vote Someone On To Government’s All-Star Team

July 21, 2015 Last week, the American League beat the National League in baseball’s annual All-Star Game, with a team of starters voted on by fans across the country (especially those of the Kansas City Royals). This fall, the annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals winners, representing the all-stars of federal...

How Government Can Get Better at Managing Big Programs

July 17, 2015 Even as federal agencies take on ever more complicated endeavors, they have been slow to adopt program management techniques common in the private sector, a new report concludes. “Large complex change initiatives have become a major feature of agencies once associated with the most routine production operations, whether it be...

Yes, There Will Be a Federal Spending Spree This Fall

July 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies typically squeeze much of their contract spending in at the end of the federal fiscal year, and that trend is expected to continue this fall, analysts and agency officials said Wednesday. Since 2009, agencies have spent an average of 32 percent of their annual contract dollars in the...