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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 First Great Career Civil Servant

May 7, 2019 In the annals of American government, Charles Lyman is little more than a footnote. But he holds the distinction of not only being a central figure in the creation of the modern civil service, but an exemplar of dedication to a career of high-ranking service in the federal government at...

Trump Lauds Government Employees in Kickoff to Public Service Recognition Week

May 5, 2019 At the beginning of the annual Public Service Recognition Week, President Trump on Saturday issued a proclamation praising government employees and the work they do on behalf of the country. "Each day, millions of government employees serve their fellow citizens, and we as a Nation recognize the valuable role they...

GovExec at 50: The Dawn of Hollow Government

April 17, 2019 In this, the 50th anniversary year of Government Executive, we’re taking an occasional look back at some of our most influential articles. We’ll start with the cover story of the October 1989 issue of the magazine, “Hollow Government.” The piece sounded the alarm about the “incapacitating consequences of continuing austerity”...

Nominations Open for New Government Leadership Awards

April 9, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Click here for more information and to nominate someone This year marks the 50th anniversary of Government Executive, and in honor of that landmark, we're introducing a new awards program to honor distinguished federal managers and executives and industry leaders for outstanding achievement in delivering on government’s promise to serve...

Nominations Open for New Government Leadership Awards

April 8, 2019 Click here for more information and to nominate someone This year marks the 50th anniversary of Government Executive, and in honor of that landmark, we're introducing a new awards program to honor distinguished federal managers and executives and industry leaders for outstanding achievement in delivering on government’s promise to serve...

Trump Orders 'A Plus Treatment' for Alabama Tornado Victims

March 4, 2019 President Trump said Monday morning that he had ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to put forward its best efforts to respond to a series of tornadoes that killed at least 23 people in Alabama on Sunday. “FEMA has been told directly by me to give the A Plus treatment...

Five Decades of Government Executive

March 1, 2019 On March 1, 1969, a new magazine for and about high-ranking federal officials called Government Executive made its debut. "Our plan," founding editor and publisher C.W. Borklund wrote in the first issue, "is to publish challenging ideas; tempered only by the demand that our work be responsible journalism." That idea...

The President’s Oddly Specific Lies About How He’s Managing Government

February 22, 2019 As reporters and fact checkers have exhaustively documented, President Trump’s relationship with the truth has been complicated during his tenure as chief executive. Usually, his questionable statements and outright falsehoods concern policy initiatives, such as his claim to having enacted the largest tax cut in history and winning approval of...

Yay! We’re Back to Traditional Dysfunctional Spending Negotiations

February 13, 2019 In the wake of the longest government shutdown in history, negotiations over a massive federal spending measure have returned to their traditional level of dysfunction. Believe it or not, that’s a good thing, because at least then there’s some level of predictability to the process. Indeed, it usually unfolds in...

Senate Passes Back Pay Bill for Furloughed Feds, Trump Says He Will Sign It

January 10, 2019 The Senate voted unanimously Thursday evening to provide back pay to federal employees furloughed as a result of the ongoing partial government shutdown, and President Trump indicated he would sign it. “When we reopen, they will be paid,” said Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., who backed the legislation. Federal employees deemed...