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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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This is What Congressional Micromanagement Looks Like

January 21, 2015 As congressional Republicans seek to develop a strategy to counter President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, they’ve hit on a new approach: Tell the president and the Homeland Security Department exactly how to secure the border -- right down to the specific type and amount of fences, roads and boat...

Seeing Red

January 21, 2015 You won’t see a lot of visual cliches on the covers of Government Executive. We try to avoid overusing the flag, Uncle Sam and other images indelibly associated with government simply because they’re too familiar and it’s too easy. Sometimes, though, we just can’t resist. That’s the case with this...

What if the Problem Isn’t the Rules, but the People?

January 13, 2015 One school of thought holds that the rules and regulations governing the federal acquisition process are so byzantine that the government simply can’t get access to the latest technology in a timely fashion. But what if the problem isn’t the rules, but the people who must work within them? At...

The Civil Servant Who Didn't Show Up to Work for 24 Years

January 9, 2015 One of the big criticisms of the U.S. civil service system is that it's simply too hard to fire poor-performing employees. But compared to India, it's apparently a breeze. Reuters reported this week on the case of A.K. Verma, an employee of India's Central Public Works Department, who recently was...

In Search of Heroes of the Public Service

January 6, 2015 Do you think it’s about time that outstanding public servants get some recognition for the work they do? Well, here’s your chance to do something about it. Nominations for this year’s Service to America Medals, sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service, are closing soon--Jan. 16, to be exact. All...

An Astronaut’s Life: Hyperscheduled and Bureaucratic

December 31, 2014 What is the most bureaucratic, rule-bound workplace in the world? It turns out it might be one that’s actually floating above the earth. In the latest issue of The Atlantic, James Fishman takes a fascinating look at life aboard the International Space Station. “All day, every day, half a dozen...

Rand Paul Airs His Grievances Against Government

December 23, 2014 Fans of Seinfeld are no doubt already aware that today, Dec. 23, is Festivus, the Frank Costanza-invented anti-consumerist counter-holiday celebration. Festivus begins with the Airing of Grievances, in which participants let loose with all the faults they find in others: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is apparently a Seinfeld fan, because...

Obama Makes it Official: 1 Percent Pay Raise For 2015

December 19, 2014 President Obama issued an executive order Friday implementing a 1 percent across the board pay increase for federal employees under the General Schedule in 2014. The salary boost marks the second 1 percent increase in a row for the entire white-collar federal workforce. Before that, a three-year pay freeze had...

How to Beat Bureaucracy and Change a Federal Agency

December 17, 2014 You can’t turn around a federal bureaucracy--certainly not in the limited amount of time the typical political appointee is at the helm of an agency. Genuine innovation is difficult, if not impossible, in the public sector. There’s no way to manage a government organization and its programs to win support...

Top-Performing Executives to Advise Policymakers on Improving Government Performance

December 3, 2014 Here’s a thought: Maybe the people who have been awarded the highest honor given to senior federal executives might have some expertise to offer to policymakers, government officials and academic institutions. That’s what the Professional Development League of the Senior Executives Association and the Volcker Alliance think. SEA and the...