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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 Soldier Who Pawned His iPhone, or Why Management Matters

July 15, 2013 Army medic Shawn Aiken pawned his iPhone last year. That is not exactly shocking. Soldiers, like other Americans, sometimes get in over their heads financially and are forced to take extreme measures. In the case of Aiken and his fiancée, those also included selling off jewelry and the medical bag ...

Obama on Management Reform: It's a Private Matter

July 8, 2013 Some excerpts from President Obama's remarks at the White House today on what the administration is calling its "new management agenda": We started by recruiting some of the smartest people from the private sector to work side-by-side with some of the smartest people in the public sector to help get ...

Moneyball Government, Again

July 1, 2013 The Moneyball movement in government is gaining steam again. It started with the release of the film version of the Michael Lewis book in 2011, bringing to dramatic life the story of the Oakland A’s’ Billy Beane, and his efforts to substitute (or at least substantially augment) baseball scouts’ intuition ...

Breaking Ranks

July 1, 2013 In April, I had the privilege of attending the Senior Executives Association’s annual Presidential Distinguished Rank Award banquet, honoring the recipients of the highest awards to civil servants for on-the-job performance. I’ve attended the annual event several times. As usual, it was a classy, dignified affair, held at the State ...

Obama Breaks Ranks With Senior Executives

June 14, 2013 In April, I had the privilege of attending the Senior Executives Association’s annual Presidential Distinguished Rank Award banquet, honoring the recipients of the highest awards to civil servants for on-the-job performance. I’ve attended the annual event several times, and as usual it was a classy, dignified affair, held at the ...

Meeting Your Goals in a Time of Austerity

June 6, 2013 In the May/June issue of Government Executive, Kellie Lunney explores how the tight budgets that are in place across government actually are driving innovation at certain agencies. Sequestration, personnel reductions and pay freezes have led them to seek creative solutions to meeting long-term goals. How are they doing it? That's ...

Management and the Romney Transition That Wasn't

May 30, 2013 This week, my colleague Charlie Clark told the story of the Romney transition that wasn't. The 2012 Republican contender's campaign, the first to operate under a 2010 law designed to smooth the presidential transition process by facilitating advance planning, had a remarkably robust operation. By late summer 2012, some 500 ...

An Audacious Endeavor

May 28, 2013 In mid-May, hundreds of federal managers and executives gathered in Washington for our annual Excellence in Government event. This year, with across-the-board budget cuts in place, further reductions looming, and agencies still facing the prospect of widespread furloughs, it was an audacious time to even be thinking about the concept ...

A New Publication for New Challenges in Defense

May 15, 2013 The Defense Department is facing more than its share of challenges these days, from implementing the sequester to transitioning out of Afghanistan to dealing with the shift to the Asia-Pacific region. It's a time of transformation in national defense, and the hunger for information about the challenges the nation's defense ...

Van Halen, Brown M&Ms, and the Bureaucracy

May 3, 2013 How does a rock band's famed contract rider requiring that its members be served M&Ms with all of the brown ones removed explain seemingly inexplicable bureaucratic decisions? Ezra Klein provides the answer in the Washington Post's Wonkblog. "Call it the Van Halen Principle," he writes. "Tales of someone doing something ...