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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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Farewell to a friend, colleague, mentor and agitator

August 15, 2001 Government Executive and GovExec.com lost a friend, a colleague, a mentor and an agitator this week. Ned Lynch, former columnist on the Web site and contributor of several articles to the magazine, lost his battle with cancer on Monday. In his several decades of experience in government, which included service ...

OMB deputy says Bush will use Results Act to push reforms

March 28, 2001 The second-ranking official at the Office of Management and Budget said Tuesday that the Bush administration will use the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act as the cornerstone of its efforts to improve federal management. In an exclusive interview with GovExec.com, OMB Deputy Director Sean O'Keefe said management issues were ...

Bush proposes to cut middle management jobs

June 12, 2000 tshoop@govexec.com Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush said he would eliminate 40,000 middle management jobs in the federal government over the next five years and open to competition at least half of all jobs not defined as "inherently governmental." In a speech on government reform in Philadelphia on Friday, Bush ...

Gore pledges to put federal services online by 2003

June 6, 2000 tshoop@govexec.com In a campaign speech on Monday, Vice President Al Gore pledged to make nearly all of the services of the federal government accessible online by 2003 if he is elected President. Speaking at North Carolina State University, Gore said he would "create a more responsive form of government--we might ...

Forecast sees sunny skies on budget front

January 27, 2000 tshoop@govexec.com The Congressional Budget Office estimated Wednesday that federal budget surpluses could total as much as $1.9 trillion over the next decade. "The budgetary picture is a bright one," said CBO Director Dan Crippen in testimony before the Senate Budget Committee. Crippen cautioned, however, that while CBO can make estimates ...

How George W. Bush would govern

January 14, 2000 tshoop@govexec.com George W. Bush is not a detail-oriented, hands-on manager, said both Democrats and Republicans from Texas, along with journalists from the state, at a forum Thursday. But they agreed he has compiled an impressive record in crafting public policy on a bipartisan basis as Texas governor. Bush "really works ...

How Al Gore would govern

January 12, 2000 tshoop@govexec.com A group of panelists showed Tuesday that it's possible to hold a forum on the subject of how Al Gore would govern as President while barely making reference to the effort he has led over the past seven years to reinvent the executive branch of the federal government. A ...

How John McCain would govern

January 10, 2000 tshoop@govexec.com If John McCain were elected President, he would be a hands-on manager who would try to focus federal agencies on areas where government can be most effective, according to panelists at a forum in Washington last week. "He would be the chief of staff, he would be the commander, ...

How Bill Bradley would govern

January 5, 2000 tshoop@govexec.com Would Bill Bradley be the next Jimmy Carter? Several of Bradley's former colleagues in Congress, along with journalists and Bradley's former chief of staff, debated that question at a forum in Washington on Tuesday. Panelists at the forum described Bradley as a bright, detail-oriented, highly effective policy strategist. But ...

Freedom to Speak

December 1, 1999 tshoop@govexec.com his fall brought a cautionary tale about the relationship between government, its employees, the media and the First Amendment-involving the very magazine you're reading. The story starts in April 1996, when Government Executive published an article called "The Great Divide" about race relations in government and efforts to increase ...