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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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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...

State Cyber Officials Say Governors Are Paying More Attention to Them

September 20, 2016 ORLANDO, Fla. — The nation’s governors and other high-ranking state officials are putting increased focus on cybersecurity issues and the people responsible for managing them, according to a new study. The survey of state chief information security officers and leaders of business operations in state government found that more than...

For State CIOs, the Time Has Come to Be Agile

September 19, 2016 ORLANDO, Fla. — After years of pressure to prevent costly missteps on big information technology projects, state chief information officers are increasingly experimenting with agile software development, CIOs said at a conference here Monday. Agile is an incremental approach that contrasts with the traditional “waterfall” method, in which a project...

Trump on Government: ‘Lean and Mean,’ But With a ‘Big, Fat Beautiful Heart’

August 31, 2016 Donald Trump expounded on his views of the federal government Tuesday, saying he would make it streamlined and effective, but with a “big, fat beautiful heart.” At a campaign rally in Everett, Washington, the GOP nominee said that in a Trump administration, “government will become lean and mean, except —...

Trump Team Offers Inside Look at Transition Efforts--For $5,000

August 30, 2016 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is heading up Donald Trump’s presidential transition planning, will host an “inside look” at how it is unfolding next month for donors who contribute $5,000 to help fund the effort. Politico’s Playbook reported the news of the fundraiser Tuesday. The event, for 40 donors,...

Donald Trump Has Great Faith in Federal Bureaucrats

August 8, 2016 In a major economic address Monday at the Detroit Economic Club, Donald Trump offered up some boilerplate GOP criticism of his Democratic rival: “All Hillary Clinton has to offer,” he said, “is more of the same: more taxes, more regulations, more bureaucrats, more restrictions on American energy and American production.”...

Two Decades of GovExec.com

August 1, 2016 Twenty years ago today, I was sitting in my office eagerly — and tensely — waiting for our information technology team to flip the switch on a server and launch us into the digital age. We’d spent months building GovExec.com from scratch to reach this moment of truth. Luckily, it...

Good Luck With That 100-Day War on Waste, Mr. Trump

July 22, 2016 It was almost an afterthought in Donald Trump’s GOP nomination acceptance speech Thursday night, but in the midst of a law-and-order, America-first, no-more-bad-trade-deals address, there was a promise for a good old-fashioned war on waste in government. “We are going to ask every department head in government to provide a...

Bill Would Allow Special Pay, Bonuses for Hard-to-Fill Federal Jobs

July 13, 2016 Agencies having difficulty filling jobs and retaining employees in remote locations would get new hiring and pay flexibilities under legislation introduced in the Senate Wednesday. The Flexible Hiring and Improving Recruitment, Retention, and Education Act, backed by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., would increase agencies’ direct hiring authority, approve special pay...

George Voinovich, the Rare Politician Who Fought for Better Management

June 13, 2016 Largely lost in the terrible news out of Orlando this weekend was the passing of a central figure in the early 21st century world of federal management: former Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio. Voinovich, a two-term senator, was a rare political bird: a lawmaker who cared about how government agencies are...

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