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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 'Things That Don’t Make a Lot of Noise:' Craig Fugate on Managing FEMA

December 9, 2016 Leading the Federal Emergency Management Agency is a high-risk proposition. The agency’s administrator is always one failed emergency response away from opprobrium and dismissal. So perhaps W. Craig Fugate’s most impressive accomplishment is simply surviving nearly eight years at the helm of FEMA. (He took charge of the agency in...

Obama Boosts 2017 Civilian Federal Pay Raise to 2.1 Percent

December 8, 2016 In a surprise move, President Obama on Thursday evening increased next year’s average pay raise for civilian federal employees to 2.1 percent, up from the 1.6 percent he had proposed earlier in the year and reaffirmed in late November. The raise goes into effect in January 2017, unless Congress takes...

A Gingrich Commission to Reorganize Government?

December 2, 2016 Former House Speaker and erstwhile presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has ruled out serving in Donald Trump’s cabinet, saying he’ll “be focused on strategic planning.” This week the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page weighed in with a proposal for the kind of planning Gingrich could be involved in: heading an effort...

The YouTube Effect: Intelligence Operations Move Out of the Shadows

November 17, 2016 In an age when threats are proliferating and once-secretive military operations often are broadcast in real time across a range of social media, the nation’s integrated intelligence community must be “agile and adaptive,” the Pentagon’s intelligence chief said Thursday. Speaking at the Defense One Summit in Washington, Defense Undersecretary for...

Federal Employees, You’ve Got Some Explaining to Do

November 15, 2016 In the final stretch of the presidential campaign, Government Executive’s research arm, the Government Business Council, conducted a survey of federal employees which covered not only their presidential preferences (Hillary Clinton by a wide margin), but their attitudes on serving the next administration. More than a quarter of those who...

State Cyber Officials Say Governors Are Paying More Attention to Them

September 20, 2016 ORLANDO, Fla. — The nation’s governors and other high-ranking state officials are putting increased focus on cybersecurity issues and the people responsible for managing them, according to a new study. The survey of state chief information security officers and leaders of business operations in state government found that more than...

For State CIOs, the Time Has Come to Be Agile

September 19, 2016 ORLANDO, Fla. — After years of pressure to prevent costly missteps on big information technology projects, state chief information officers are increasingly experimenting with agile software development, CIOs said at a conference here Monday. Agile is an incremental approach that contrasts with the traditional “waterfall” method, in which a project...

Trump on Government: ‘Lean and Mean,’ But With a ‘Big, Fat Beautiful Heart’

August 31, 2016 Donald Trump expounded on his views of the federal government Tuesday, saying he would make it streamlined and effective, but with a “big, fat beautiful heart.” At a campaign rally in Everett, Washington, the GOP nominee said that in a Trump administration, “government will become lean and mean, except —...

Trump Team Offers Inside Look at Transition Efforts--For $5,000

August 30, 2016 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is heading up Donald Trump’s presidential transition planning, will host an “inside look” at how it is unfolding next month for donors who contribute $5,000 to help fund the effort. Politico’s Playbook reported the news of the fundraiser Tuesday. The event, for 40 donors,...

Donald Trump Has Great Faith in Federal Bureaucrats

August 8, 2016 In a major economic address Monday at the Detroit Economic Club, Donald Trump offered up some boilerplate GOP criticism of his Democratic rival: “All Hillary Clinton has to offer,” he said, “is more of the same: more taxes, more regulations, more bureaucrats, more restrictions on American energy and American production.”...