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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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Second-Term Blues.

October 21, 2004 Pretty interesting panel discussion at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington today on "How Would George W. Bush Govern in a Second Term?" The Brookings Institution's Tom Mann pointed out that in policy terms, second-term records in the modern presidency are less than spectacular. Even those presidents who aren't sidetracked ...

Nameless and Faceless

October 15, 2004 Why do federal officials hide behind the cloak of anonymity-and why does the news industry indulge them? Is that cherished Washington institution, the anonymous background briefing, about to go the way of the dinosaur? Don't bet on it. For those who are blessedly unfamiliar with the anonymous backgrounder, it works ...

Goodbye, Newman

October 1, 2004 Hollywood gets over its obsession with bureaucratic ineptitude and corruption. Time was, the irritating, obnoxious, moronic postal carrier Newman from Seinfeld was about the best federal employees could hope to see of their kind on television. After all, Newman was merely a comic foil. Plots centered around, for example, his ...

Trivial Pursuit

September 15, 2004 The quixotic effort to give managers more leeway to make minor workplace decisions. In late August, the National Treasury Employees Union joined with its sometime rival, the American Federation of Government Employees, to file a friend-of-the-court brief asking a federal appeals court to overturn a Federal Labor Relations Authority ruling ...

Kerry backs 'Department of Wellness'

September 9, 2004 Throughout the presidential race, John Kerry has assiduously avoided proposals that might taint him as a traditional big-government liberal. His campaign documents are remarkably free of bureaucracy-building proposals. And in August, Kerry moved to pick up former President Bill Clinton's new-Democrat reinventing government mantle, unveiling a proposal to cut management ...

Call to Action

September 1, 2004 Nothing is more pressing than the need to rationalize the counter-terrorism bureaucracy. Members of Congress and Bush administration officials did what they least wanted to do this long, hot summer: return to Washington. And they did so for one of their least favorite reasons: to try to figure out how ...

The Muddy Middle

August 15, 2004 Don't look for any serious discussion about the size and role of government to emerge from this presidential campaign. Sometimes, presidential campaigns and the administrations that follow them revolve around grand debates about the state of the federal government. In 1932, Franklin Roosevelt attacked Herbert Hoover's failure to address the ...

Kerry, Edwards unveil plan to cut managers, trim bureaucracy

August 4, 2004 In separate appearances Tuesday, John Kerry and John Edwards, the Democratic contenders for president and vice president, unveiled a series of proposals to overhaul the federal bureaucracy, including a pledge to slash the ranks of managers and supervisors at agencies. In a campaign swing through southern Wisconsin, Kerry spoke about ...

Better Management, Naturally

August 1, 2004 If the Defense Department wants more effective civilian managers, it's going to have to create them. In early July, Navy Secretary Gordon England, who is heading up the Pentagon's effort to design a massive new civilian personnel system, met with employees to discuss progress on the project. He offered little ...

Kerry backs military, intelligence overhaul in convention speech

July 30, 2004 John Kerry made the case that he would be an effective commander-in-chief and a leader of reform in the federal government -- especially with regard to the country's intelligence establishment -- in his speech Thursday night accepting the Democratic nomination for president. Kerry returned repeatedly to the subject of his ...