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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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The Politics of Reform

April 10, 1997 tshoop@govexec.com Both Democrats in the Clinton Administration and Republicans on Capitol Hill like the idea of a government that works better and costs less. But when it comes to the particulars of reinventing government, there is still a fairly wide gulf between the two parties, a freewheeling "reinvention crossfire" session ...

Ron Brown Remembered

April 4, 1997 tshoop@govexec.com At an emotional ceremony yesterday at the Commerce Department, President Clinton paid tribute to former Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and other department officials who were killed a year ago in a plane crash while on a trade mission to Croatia. "When Ron Brown became Secretary of Commerce, he revolutionized ...

Hands Off Our E-Mail

April 3, 1997 tshoop@govexec.com In case anyone was thinking of suggesting that federal agencies should begin snooping in on private e-mail, a new survey shows that Americans aren't too hot on the idea. A poll on technology and the Internet, conducted by the Luntz Research Companies of Arlington, Va., for Merrill Lynch, shows ...

In Welfare's Wake

March 10, 1997 tshoop@govexec.com President Clinton has ordered agencies to try to help welfare recipients get a new kind of check from Uncle Sam--a paycheck for a job in government. In his weekly radio address on Saturday, Clinton gave federal departments and agencies 30 days to come up with plans to hire welfare ...

Show Us Your Plans

February 27, 1997 tshoop@govexec.com Republican congressional leaders took a further step this week to indicate that they intend to become heavily involved in monitoring the implementation of the Government Performance and Results Act (they've now taken to calling it simply the "Results Act"), which requires all agencies to submit strategic plans to Congress ...

More With Less

February 6, 1997 President Clinton today released a $1.7 trillion spending plan for fiscal 1998 that he says will eventually provide $98 billion in tax cuts, $51 billion in education investments and funding for a host of other new federal initiatives. Nevertheless, the White House says, spending cuts proposed by the President will ...

The Era of Small Government

February 5, 1997 A year after declaring that the era of big government had ended, President Clinton gave an outline of the smaller, more limited federal government he envisions for the 21st century in his State of the Union message last night. The President listed a wide-ranging set of new initiatives in his ...

Spotlight on Reinvention

September 20, 1996 t a campaign rally today in Portland, Ore., President Clinton released The Best Kept Secrets in Government, the fourth annual report of Vice President Gore's National Performance Review. One of the reasons those secrets are so well kept is that Gore and President Clinton have decided not to place too ...

Government For Sale

June 1, 1995 hen Vice President Gore launched the second phase of the Clinton Administration's reinventing government initiative last December, he dusted off a term that hadn't been heard much since the Reagan Administration, and which Democrats have almost never dared speak; privatization. REGO I, said Gore at a press conference, had set ...

Not Dead Yet

May 1, 1995 couple of months ago, on one of those chilly, gray drizzly days when Washington couldn't make up its mind whether to blossom into spring or stay in its winter shell, an angry knot of federal employees marched up the steps of the U.S. Capitol to deliver their verdict on the ...