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,, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.
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Trump: The Federal Government Should Do These Three Things. Or Maybe Just One.

March 30, 2016 On the campaign trail, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has expressed little confidence in the federal government’s ability to “make America great again,” and backed steep spending cuts in such agencies as the Education Department and the Environmental Protection Agency. But he wants to dramatically boost the Defense Department and...

Lawmaker Puts Federal Zombies on Notice

March 16, 2016 Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., is a zombie hunter. At least, she’s making full use of the zombie metaphor to push legislation to force Congress to reauthorize federal programs or watch them disappear into the sunset. Late last week, McMorris Rodgers posted this video on YouTube: It features spooky music...

Obama Looks to Outsiders to Fix “Big and Bloated” Government

March 12, 2016 As his second term in office draws to a close, President Obama has surveyed the federal landscape and sees a government that is incapable on its own of addressing critical national problems. So he’s making the case that outsiders--specifically, tech-savvy citizens--must step in and show federal agencies the way to...

The One Federal Agency Donald Trump Loves

March 3, 2016 It’s no secret that Donald Trump is not a fan of many federal agencies. He’s called the management of the Veterans Affairs Department “ absolutely unacceptable,” singled out the Education Department and Environmental Protection Agency as candidates for major cuts, and said he sees waste, fraud and abuse “all over...

Donald Trump’s Plan for Cutting Government

February 26, 2016 In Thursday’s CNN/Telemundo Republican presidential debate-turned-cage-match, moderator Wolf Blitzer asked Donald Trump how he would pay for his proposed tax cut and bring the federal budget into balance. Here’s how he responded: We're going to make many cuts in business. We're getting rid of -- we're going to get rid...

I’m Not a ‘Big Government, Crazy Liberal,’ Obama Insists

February 23, 2016 As President Obama’s second term draws to a close, he’s not exactly taking a victory lap. But he is making a concerted effort to challenge the perception that he’s a lover of big government who has spent his time in office seeking to expand the federal footprint. On Monday, the...

Ted Cruz vs. ‘Plush-Bottomed Bureaucrats’

February 17, 2016 In a major address on the future of the U.S. military in South Carolina Tuesday, GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz laid out an expansive vision of a beefed-up force that would project power all over the world. But Cruz, who has previously said the United States should “carpet bomb” the...

Presidential Hopefuls Rip Wasteful Bureaucracy--and That’s Just the Democrats

February 12, 2016 The two remaining Democratic presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, have long and longer lists of initiatives the federal government should undertake or beef up, in areas ranging from job creation to health care. Clinton has sought to position herself as the more moderate of the two candidates–charging in...

OPM Seeks To Honor (and Reward) Top-Performing Executives

February 9, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management issued a call this week for federal agencies to nominate high-performing senior executives for recognition and bonuses in the Presidential Rank Awards program. “Federal senior executive employees perform valuable services on behalf of the American public and those with the highest level of sustained performance...

Really, Federal Government? You Don't Regulate Flamethrowers? Really?

January 27, 2016 Ever been so mad at something that you just wanted to just take a flamethrower to it? According to, “getting your hot little hands on one may be a lot easier than you think.” That’s because “there is no federal prohibition against owning a working one.” Rep. Eliot Engel,...

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