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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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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 ...

Rand Paul Airs His Grievances Against Government

December 23, 2014 Fans of Seinfeld are no doubt already aware that today, Dec. 23, is Festivus, the Frank Costanza-invented anti-consumerist counter-holiday celebration. Festivus begins with the Airing of Grievances, in which participants let loose with all the faults they find in others: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is apparently a Seinfeld fan, because ...

Obama Makes it Official: 1 Percent Pay Raise For 2015

December 19, 2014 President Obama issued an executive order Friday implementing a 1 percent across the board pay increase for federal employees under the General Schedule in 2014. The salary boost marks the second 1 percent increase in a row for the entire white-collar federal workforce. Before that, a three-year pay freeze had ...

How to Beat Bureaucracy and Change a Federal Agency

December 17, 2014 You can’t turn around a federal bureaucracy--certainly not in the limited amount of time the typical political appointee is at the helm of an agency. Genuine innovation is difficult, if not impossible, in the public sector. There’s no way to manage a government organization and its programs to win support ...

Top-Performing Executives to Advise Policymakers on Improving Government Performance

December 3, 2014 Here’s a thought: Maybe the people who have been awarded the highest honor given to senior federal executives might have some expertise to offer to policymakers, government officials and academic institutions. That’s what the Professional Development League of the Senior Executives Association and the Volcker Alliance think. SEA and the ...

Reimagining Defense

November 11, 2014 Department leaders were talking a lot about reductions—in the size of forces and in the budgets of the armed services. With military operations over in Iraq and winding down in Afghanistan, the consensus was that it was time to take the country off its war footing and position it to ...

Actually, the Elections Were About Making Government Work

November 6, 2014 Republicans are in an an ebullient mood this week, having exceeded their own electoral expectations by taking over the majority in the Senate and padding their advantage in House seats. You might expect that this would unleash the firebrand side of the GOP, with renewed talk of slashing and burning ...

A Perk for Federal VIPs: Park Service’s Mountain Getaway

October 29, 2014 Back in the day, the National Park Service had several VIP properties across the country, reserved for the use of members of Congress, presidents and high-ranking federal officials. These included Bodie Island Cottage, a three-bedroom lodge at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina, and Little Cinnamon House in Virgin Islands ...

What the Decline in Public Trust Means for Government

October 27, 2014 When it comes to dealing with the threat of Ebola, writes Ron Fournier in National Journal today, the problem is trust: The White House doesn't trust the governors. The governors don't trust the White House. Doctors don't trust nurses. Nurses don't trust hospital administrators. Hospital administrators don't trust federal officials, ...