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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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Feds to Festival: Give Us Ice Cream and Air Conditioning

June 29, 2015 Burning Man, the annual no-holds-barred festival of freedom and artistic expression in the Nevada desert, has a rather interesting relationship with government, and the federal government in particular. And that relationship has gotten a lot more interesting in the past few days. Burning Man thrives on an ethos of self-governance,...

Obama: I’ll ‘Yank Government’ Into Changing Its Ways

June 15, 2015 President Obama is convinced that in his time left in office, he can transform an “ossified” and “stuck” federal government into a sleeker, more agile operation that works smoothly with Silicon Valley to bring the latest technology to bear to improve people’s lives. In a Q&A with Fast Company published...

DoD's HR Overhaul: From Yugo to Maserati in a Year and a Half

June 9, 2015 Working with 53 different pay and personnel systems, powered by 7 million lines of undocumented Cobol code, makes managing U.S. Army forces a rather large challenge, according to Roy Wallace. “Right now, I’m driving a Yugo and what I need is a Maserati,” said Wallace, the Army’s assistant deputy chief...

The Astronaut Poop Bandit of 1969

June 8, 2015 It appears that the Environmental Protection Agency was not the first federal agency to experience an employee poop problem. Last year, managers at one of the EPA’s regional offices had to send a memo to staff reminding them not to defecate in the hallways. But there was another workplace pooping...

OPM To Send Data Breach Notifications to Federal Employees Next Week

June 4, 2015 This article has been updated. The Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday that next week it would begin sending 4 million current and former federal employees notifications that their personal information has been breached in a massive hacking incident that investigators discovered in April. In an announcement posted on its...

What Do 99 Percent of Federal Employees Have in Common?

June 3, 2015 The 2 million or so people who work for the federal government are a varied bunch: They come from different educational backgrounds, do all kinds of different jobs and represent various races and ethnicities. But according to the nation’s politicians, 99 percent of them have one thing in common. They...

Bold Leaders Are Out There. Let's Celebrate Them.

June 2, 2015 Making a genuine difference in today’s government requires creativity, ingenuity and tenacity. In short, it requires boldness. That’s why we created the Nextgov Bold Awards several years ago: to honor people who were leveraging advances in technology not just to make things incrementally better, but to boldly challenge the status...

When the Best and Brightest Say No to Government

May 29, 2015 Much has been written about the views of the millennial generation toward public service: They don’t seem to mind big government in theory, but they’re not particularly enthralled by the idea of careers in federal agencies. To the extent millennials are disenchanted with the way government operates, they’re a lot...

What Government Will Look Like in 2020

May 28, 2015 At our sister site, Nextgov, a team of talented writers and editors spend their days exploring how information technology is shaping the future of government. And once a year, they take that conversation public in a big way. At Nextgov Prime, held annually in Washington, government and industry decision-makers, along...

The Truth About Government Performance

May 26, 2015 For more than 20 years, since the passage of the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act, federal agencies have been under the obligation to establish strategic plans, set goals and measure their progress toward achieving them. Their obligations were further refined with the passage of the Government Performance and Results...