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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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The Interior Secretary Went to Work on Horseback. Here’s How Other Cabinet Secretaries Should Commute

March 2, 2017 Newly confirmed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke arrived at work in novel fashion Thursday: astride a horse. Flanked by mounted U.S. Park Police officers, the cowboy-hatted Zinke rode through the streets of Washington like he was back home in Montana. This got me thinking: Outside of Zinke, Cabinet secretaries have shown...

Why Trump Has Made So Few Appointments

February 28, 2017 As president, Donald Trump has the opportunity and the obligation to name about 4,000 people to fill political appointee slots — and more than 1,000 of those jobs require Senate confirmation. So far, he’s filled only a tiny fraction of them. Of the 549 positions the Partnership for Public Service...

Is President Trump Getting a Federal Paycheck?

February 27, 2017 When Donald Trump became president on Jan. 20, he immediately went on the federal payroll at a $400,000 annual salary. But he’s pledged to take virtually none of it. During the campaign, Trump declared that he would not accept a paycheck if elected. (“That’s no big deal for me,” he...

Good Government Academy Names New Leader

December 20, 2016 After a months-long search, the National Academy of Public Administration has found a new president and CEO: Teresa Gerton, an Army veteran who also has extensive civilian federal management experience. Gerton is currently deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Labor Department’s Veterans Employment and Training service. Before that, she...

How FEMA Identified Its Mission and Consolidated

December 13, 2016 Leading the Federal Emergency Management Agency is a high-risk proposition. The agency’s administrator is always one failed emergency response away from opprobrium and dismissal. So perhaps W. Craig Fugate’s most impressive accomplishment is simply surviving nearly eight years at the helm of FEMA. (He took charge of the agency in...

The 'Things That Don’t Make a Lot of Noise:' Craig Fugate on Managing FEMA

December 9, 2016 Leading the Federal Emergency Management Agency is a high-risk proposition. The agency’s administrator is always one failed emergency response away from opprobrium and dismissal. So perhaps W. Craig Fugate’s most impressive accomplishment is simply surviving nearly eight years at the helm of FEMA. (He took charge of the agency in...

Obama Boosts 2017 Civilian Federal Pay Raise to 2.1 Percent

December 8, 2016 In a surprise move, President Obama on Thursday evening increased next year’s average pay raise for civilian federal employees to 2.1 percent, up from the 1.6 percent he had proposed earlier in the year and reaffirmed in late November. The raise goes into effect in January 2017, unless Congress takes...

A Gingrich Commission to Reorganize Government?

December 2, 2016 Former House Speaker and erstwhile presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has ruled out serving in Donald Trump’s cabinet, saying he’ll “be focused on strategic planning.” This week the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page weighed in with a proposal for the kind of planning Gingrich could be involved in: heading an effort...

The YouTube Effect: Intelligence Operations Move Out of the Shadows

November 17, 2016 In an age when threats are proliferating and once-secretive military operations often are broadcast in real time across a range of social media, the nation’s integrated intelligence community must be “agile and adaptive,” the Pentagon’s intelligence chief said Thursday. Speaking at the Defense One Summit in Washington, Defense Undersecretary for...

Federal Employees, You’ve Got Some Explaining to Do

November 15, 2016 In the final stretch of the presidential campaign, Government Executive’s research arm, the Government Business Council, conducted a survey of federal employees which covered not only their presidential preferences (Hillary Clinton by a wide margin), but their attitudes on serving the next administration. More than a quarter of those who...