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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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A Perk for Federal VIPs: Park Service’s Mountain Getaway

October 29, 2014 Back in the day, the National Park Service had several VIP properties across the country, reserved for the use of members of Congress, presidents and high-ranking federal officials. These included Bodie Island Cottage, a three-bedroom lodge at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina, and Little Cinnamon House in Virgin Islands ...

What the Decline in Public Trust Means for Government

October 27, 2014 When it comes to dealing with the threat of Ebola, writes Ron Fournier in National Journal today, the problem is trust: The White House doesn't trust the governors. The governors don't trust the White House. Doctors don't trust nurses. Nurses don't trust hospital administrators. Hospital administrators don't trust federal officials, ...

Amazing True Stories of the Bureaucracy!

September 23, 2014 Have you heard about the big scandal at the Veterans Affairs Department? Thought so. How about Dr. William A. Bauman and Ann M. Spungen of the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, who have worked tirelessly for years to help people with spinal cord injuries? Didn't think ...

Out of Control

September 9, 2014 This summer, writing in Rolling Stone, Reid Cherlin, a former spokesman for President Obama, explored the reasons for the president’s uncomfortable, adversarial relationship with the media. In the process, he illuminated an ongoing issue for the administration: Even in Obama’s second term, it’s clear that he and his team are ...

A Modest Proposal: Hire 1 Million New Federal Employees

September 3, 2014 Give John DiIulio credit for bravery: In a new book and a piece in the Washington Post over Labor Day weekend, he makes the most counterintuitive proposal about the federal bureaucracy in recent memory: that government would be better served if agencies hired 1 million more employees by 2035. This ...

Does Obama Have ‘Zero Control’ Over the Bureaucracy?

August 11, 2014 Last week, in Rolling Stone, Reid Cherlin, a former spokesman for President Obama, explored the reasons for the president’s uncomfortable, adversarial relationship with the media. In the process, he illuminated an ongoing issue for the administration: Even in Obama’s second term, it’s clear that he and his team are having ...

What Government Never Could Have Expected from President Nixon

August 8, 2014 Forty years ago, on Aug. 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon addressed the nation in a televised speech from the Oval Office. Faced with the near-certainty of impeachment and removal from office, he did what had until recently had seemed unthinkable: announced he would resign as president of the United States. ...

Obama: It Shouldn’t Be So Hard to Fire Incompetent, Unethical Execs

August 7, 2014 One of the central provisions in the Veterans Affairs reform bill President Obama signed into law Thursday allows for the streamlined firing of VA senior executives for alleged misconduct. Under the law, VA Secretary Bob McDonald can fire any Senior Executive Service member immediately, and his or her only recourse ...

Is Burning Man Really a Government-Free Zone?

August 5, 2014 Last week, our friends at National Journal reported on Grover Norquist’s announcement that he would be attending this year’s Burning Man event in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. This was noteworthy for two reasons: Norquist is a buttoned-down, conservative, Washington-based longtime anti-tax activist. Burning Man is an annual artistic adventure in ...

What We Talk About When We Talk About the VA

August 1, 2014 This week, Defense One co-hosted a symposium on veterans issues with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. The timing couldn’t have been better: the day after House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., reached a deal with his Senate counterpart, Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on VA reform legislation, Miller appeared ...