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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 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...

What We Talk About When We Talk About the VA

August 1, 2014 This week, GovExec’s sister publication, 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...

Which Federal Agency Has the Rowdiest Employees?

August 1, 2014 There’s a simple notation near the beginning of the White House transcript of President Obama’s remarks at the Housing and Urban Development Department Thursday: “(Applause).” Apparently, the reaction from the assembled HUD employees went a little beyond mere polite clapping, though. “Clearly, HUD has the rowdiest employees,” Obama said of...

She Never Stopped Working to Make Government Better

July 31, 2014 Sometimes in life, you’re lucky enough to encounter people who are willing to take the time to help you learn how to do your job better. For a journalist, that means finding someone who guides you through complex subjects until you reach at least a minimal level of understanding of...

Umm, Congressman, Those Federal Executives Testifying Before You Are Not Foreigners

July 25, 2014 Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more strange on Capitol Hill comes this story of an embarrassing case of mistaken identity. On Thursday, Nisha Biswal, assistant secretary of State for south and central Asian affairs, and Arun Kumar, assistant secretary of Commerce for global markets, testified before the...

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