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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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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...

Trump: Most Furloughed Employees Are Democrats

December 27, 2018 Attempting to persuade Democratic leaders to back his proposal for billions of dollars in new federal spending for a border wall, President Trump Thursday said most of those affected by the current partial government shutdown are Democrats. “Do the Dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are...

Trump’s Estimate of Joint Chiefs Chairman’s Pay Was Only Off By $4.8 Million

November 26, 2018 President Trump’s assumptions about compensation for the nation’s top military leaders is apparently rooted more in his private sector experience than his knowledge of government pay scales. The Washington Post reported Sunday that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been telling others a story of watching television with...

To Improve Customer Experience, Start With Morale, Not Technology, Feds Say

November 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s no secret that federal agencies are under pressure to improve their dismal ratings in the area of customer experience. And when it comes to actually making that happen, federal employees think cultural factors are more important information technology or budgetary issues. In a new survey of 625 respondents across...

Federal Retirees to Receive Biggest COLA Boost in Years

October 11, 2018 Federal retirees will receive a cost-of-living adjustment of 2.8 percent in their benefits next year, the largest increase in several years. The boost—which applies more broadly to recipients of Social Security benefits—comes on top of a 2 percent boost in 2018. That increase came after a couple of years of...

The Problem With Government Is Not the People

July 13, 2018 Twenty-five years ago, then-Vice President Al Gore’s National Performance Review issued a report on the Clinton administration’s plans to “reinvent” the federal government. The document made Gore’s position very clear: Bureaucrats were not to blame for government’s woes: The problem is not lazy or incompetent people: it is red tape...