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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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Government’s Biggest Failures, 2001-2014

July 14, 2014 With scandals at agencies ranging from the IRS to the Veterans Affairs Department fresh in the public’s mind, a longtime scholar of federal management has published a new assessment of government’s failures since 2001. In the paper, called A Cascade of Failures: Why Government Fails, and How to Stop It,...

For Some Feds, Shutdown Was Baby-Making Time

July 11, 2014 Last fall, federal employees experienced growing anxiety as a government shutdown loomed, and then became a reality on Oct. 1. Nine months later, it looks like some feds found a (re)productive way to deal with the situation. Washington news station WNEW reports that there may be something of a baby...

The 99 Percent

July 9, 2014 In late June, President Obama felt compelled to stick up for federal employees, albeit in a somewhat odd way. “Are there some federal workers who do some boneheaded things? Absolutely,” Obama said at a town hall meeting in Minneapolis. The president recalled something that former Defense Secretary Robert Gates told...

This Guy Definitely Has the Strangest Federal Job

July 9, 2014 Among the many challenges of space missions is the fact that you can’t just crack a window up there and get some fresh air. That means astronauts have to be very careful about what they bring aboard spacecraft, lest they get stuck with a pungent odor they can’t escape --...

Now Covering States and Localities, Too!

July 9, 2014 Throughout the 45 years we’ve been reporting on the business of government at Government Executive (and for the 18 years we’ve been doing so at GovExec.com), the question we probably have been asked more than any other is, “Do you cover state and local government?” Now the answer is, “Yes.”...

How To Ruin Your Political Career: Run a Federal Agency

July 8, 2014 There was a time when running a major federal agency in Washington was a way to raise one’s profile, politically and otherwise, back home. Apparently, that time is no more -- at least in Ohio. Politico’s MJ Lee reports that Richard Cordray, who currently runs the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,...

What Does Running the VA Have to Do With Selling Soap?

July 2, 2014 On Monday, President Obama nominated Robert McDonald, former chief executive at Procter & Gamble, to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The choice was generally greeted warmly. McDonald, after all, is a West Point graduate and former Army ranger. And “he knows the key to any successful enterprise is staying...

Obama to Cabinet: I Expect Better Performance

July 1, 2014 In the midst of a series of high-profile management problems at agencies ranging from the Health and Human Services Department to the IRS to Veterans Affairs, President Obama provided another indication Tuesday that he is shifting priorities to focus on improving federal operations. In remarks before a Cabinet meeting, Obama...

Obama: Vast Majority of Federal Employees Are Not Boneheads

June 27, 2014 President Obama declared Thursday that 99 percent of federal employees are not boneheads. "Are there some federal workers who do some boneheaded things? Absolutely,” Obama said at a town hall meeting in Minneapolis, Politico reported. The president recalled something that former Defense Secretary Robert Gates told him: “One thing you...

OMB Wants Agencies to Move Beyond Measuring Performance

June 18, 2014 Much of the emphasis in the federal performance reporting process has been on measuring how well agencies are doing at meeting short-term goals, a key Office of Management and Budget official said Tuesday. Now with new strategic reviews underway, the focus should gradually shift to implementing improvements. There are three...

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