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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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Procurement Policy Chief to Leave Post for Private Firm

December 20, 2013 In an unexpected move, Joseph Jordan, head of the White House procurement policy office, is leaving the administration to join a private firm that runs an online marketplace used by federal agencies. Jordan is joining FedBid, a company headquartered in Vienna, Va., the company said in a press release. He ...

These Awards Make Government Look Bad

December 17, 2013 Yesterday, when I wrote about the finalists for this year’s SAVE Awards, in which the Obama administration recognizes federal employees for ideas to improve the efficiency of federal operations, an erstwhile colleague of mine weighed in on Twitter: “Frankly, these seem like things that should have been fixed years ago,” ...

OMB Unveils Best Cost-Cutting Ideas

December 16, 2013 The Office of Management and Budget Monday announced the four finalists in the Obama administration’s annual SAVE Award competition, recognizing federal employees who come up with innovative cost-cutting ideas. The administration created the award in 2009, saying that the best ideas for improving efficiency in federal operations often come from ...

Can President Obama Manage Government?

November 26, 2013 According to a CNN poll released this week, only 40 percent of Americans say President Obama manages government effectively, down 12 points since June. That’s not exactly shocking, given the well-documented snafus in the rollout of Healthcare.gov. The problem is that these survey results are not a reflection of a ...

Which Metro Area Has the Highest Share of Federal Employees? Hint: Not Washington

November 15, 2013 There has been much talk lately about the effects of pay freezes, sequestration, furloughs and government shutdowns on the federal workforce and the overall economy. Naturally, the hardest-hit areas over the long haul are likely to be the ones with the highest concentrations of federal employees. You might think that ...

Boldly Going

November 15, 2013 The 16-day shutdown of government in October affected federal agencies in dramatically different ways. At the Housing and Urban Development Department, 96 percent of employees were sent home, according to an analysis of shutdown plans by Government Executive’s Eric Katz. At the Education Department, the figure was 95 percent. Among ...

Fanning: Air Force Having Trouble Keeping Pilots, and Pay Isn’t the Problem

November 14, 2013 The Air Force is offering big bonuses to keep its pilots in the service, but they’re not taking them because budget constraints are forcing the service to limit both current flying hours and opportunities to fly the next generation of aircraft, acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning said Thursday. Over ...

Obama Calls for IT Procurement Reform

November 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama on Monday called for an overhaul of the way the federal government purchases information technology in the wake of the troubled launch of the Healthcare.gov website. “There are a whole range of things that we’re going to need to do once we get this fixed -- to talk ...

Do Not Call a Navy Captain Fat

October 23, 2013 The Washington Post has the correction of the day, if not the year, in its print edition today: “An Oct. 14 Style article about access to the prison camp for terrorism suspects at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, incorrectly referred to Navy Capt. Robert Durand as “thickset.” ...

A Meeting of the Minds on the Future of Defense

October 21, 2013 With the war in Afghanistan coming to a close, the military engaged in a long-term shift in attention to the Asia-Pacific region and severe belt-tightening underway at the Pentagon, the Defense Department faces an almost unprecedented set of challenges. That's why we at Government Executive Media Group and Atlantic Media ...