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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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On ‘Parks and Recreation,’ the Joke’s on the Feds

February 11, 2015 NBC’s Parks and Recreation, arguably the most pro-government sitcom in the history of television, is going out with a bang this year. And in the process, intentionally or not, it is presenting the federal government in a hilarious -- if not always accurate -- fashion. For those who haven’t been...

Tales of a Government That Works

February 10, 2015 We’re very pleased to present a new free Government Executive ebook on innovative efforts in the federal sector. Called Making Government Work, it focuses on five stories: Interagency Cooperation: How six agencies came together to help veterans transition to civilian life. New Business Models: The Postal Service wants to deliver...

Jeb Bush Is No Anti-Government Crusader

February 6, 2015 This week, National Journal’s Ron Fournier scored an exclusive interview with Jeb Bush after the would-be Republican presidential contender addressed the Detroit Economic Club. It turned out that the latest Bush to weigh a White House run is pretty animated on the subject of the role of government -- and...

Bob Dylan is Thinking About the Government

January 23, 2015 “I’m on the pavement, thinking about the government,” Bob Dylan sang in Subterranean Homesick Blues in 1965. Apparently he’s been thinking about it again lately. Specifically, the folk and rock legend doesn’t think much of government as a job creator, and would prefer that wealthy business leaders pick up the...

This is What Congressional Micromanagement Looks Like

January 21, 2015 As congressional Republicans seek to develop a strategy to counter President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, they’ve hit on a new approach: Tell the president and the Homeland Security Department exactly how to secure the border -- right down to the specific type and amount of fences, roads and boat...

Seeing Red

January 21, 2015 You won’t see a lot of visual cliches on the covers of Government Executive. We try to avoid overusing the flag, Uncle Sam and other images indelibly associated with government simply because they’re too familiar and it’s too easy. Sometimes, though, we just can’t resist. That’s the case with this...

What if the Problem Isn’t the Rules, but the People?

January 13, 2015 One school of thought holds that the rules and regulations governing the federal acquisition process are so byzantine that the government simply can’t get access to the latest technology in a timely fashion. But what if the problem isn’t the rules, but the people who must work within them? At...

The Civil Servant Who Didn't Show Up to Work for 24 Years

January 9, 2015 One of the big criticisms of the U.S. civil service system is that it's simply too hard to fire poor-performing employees. But compared to India, it's apparently a breeze. Reuters reported this week on the case of A.K. Verma, an employee of India's Central Public Works Department, who recently was...

In Search of Heroes of the Public Service

January 6, 2015 Do you think it’s about time that outstanding public servants get some recognition for the work they do? Well, here’s your chance to do something about it. Nominations for this year’s Service to America Medals, sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service, are closing soon--Jan. 16, to be exact. All...

An Astronaut’s Life: Hyperscheduled and Bureaucratic

December 31, 2014 What is the most bureaucratic, rule-bound workplace in the world? It turns out it might be one that’s actually floating above the earth. In the latest issue of The Atlantic, James Fishman takes a fascinating look at life aboard the International Space Station. “All day, every day, half a dozen...

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