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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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A New Publication for New Challenges in Defense

May 15, 2013 The Defense Department is facing more than its share of challenges these days, from implementing the sequester to transitioning out of Afghanistan to dealing with the shift to the Asia-Pacific region. It's a time of transformation in national defense, and the hunger for information about the challenges the nation's defense ...

Van Halen, Brown M&Ms, and the Bureaucracy

May 3, 2013 How does a rock band's famed contract rider requiring that its members be served M&Ms with all of the brown ones removed explain seemingly inexplicable bureaucratic decisions? Ezra Klein provides the answer in the Washington Post's Wonkblog. "Call it the Van Halen Principle," he writes. "Tales of someone doing something ...

Pete Williams, Government Operations and Getting it Right

April 19, 2013 Brian Resnick of National Journal has a fascinating piece up about why Pete Williams of NBC News is winning plaudits for consistently getting it right (and being measured in his reporting) during the Boston bombing aftermath. Part of it is simply taking time and care before you broadcast anything. But ...

A Framework for Response to Boston Explosions

April 15, 2013 While details of what happened in Boston today, with multiple explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, are just beginning to emerge, there is a framework in place for federal, state and local officials to respond to such situations -- and try to prevent them from occurring in ...

Obama Lauds Berry -- and Feds

April 12, 2013 Many people in the federal community have stepped up this week to offer words of praise for John Berry as he leaves his post as head of the Office of Personnel Management. Now you can add one more name to the list: President Obama. In a statement issued Friday, Obama ...

The Boldest Leaders in Government

April 11, 2013 Those who have dedicated their careers to public service often get little in the way of recognition. That's especially true in the case of risk-takers who go out of their way to bring innovation to the federal sector. Our sister publication, Nextgov, which focuses on how technology is transforming the ...

Sally Jewell Confirmed as Interior Secretary

April 10, 2013 The Senate voted Wednesday 87-11 to confirm Sally Jewell as the next Interior Secretary. Jewell is president and CEO of Recreational Equipment Inc., an outdoor and recreational retailer. She replaces Ken Salazar as secretary. "With her extensive business experience, including her background in the energy sector, along with her lifelong ...

The Real Impact

April 1, 2013 March 1 was the day that the unthinkable became the inevitable, followed shortly by settling into the routine. It was the Day of Sequestration. On that day, $85 billion in federal spending was eliminated in one great across-the-board swoop. It was, as President Obama reminded Americans multiple times in January ...

Is the Secret Service Hiring Alien Reptile Shapeshifters?

March 26, 2013 The Secret Service has had more than its share of issues lately, from a prostitution scandal to getting caught in the middle of a political tiff over canceling White House tours due to sequestration. But at least the agency's leaders weren't doing anything truly crazy, like hiring alien reptilian shapeshifters ...

The Federal Management Event of the Year

March 15, 2013 I'm very pleased to announce that registration is now open for the premier federal management event of the year -- Excellence in Government. The training and education event will take place May 13-14 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington. We've expanded EIG to two days this year, because, well ...