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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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Two Decades of GovExec.com

August 1, 2016 Twenty years ago today, I was sitting in my office eagerly — and tensely — waiting for our information technology team to flip the switch on a server and launch us into the digital age. We’d spent months building GovExec.com from scratch to reach this moment of truth. Luckily, it...

Good Luck With That 100-Day War on Waste, Mr. Trump

July 22, 2016 It was almost an afterthought in Donald Trump’s GOP nomination acceptance speech Thursday night, but in the midst of a law-and-order, America-first, no-more-bad-trade-deals address, there was a promise for a good old-fashioned war on waste in government. “We are going to ask every department head in government to provide a...

Bill Would Allow Special Pay, Bonuses for Hard-to-Fill Federal Jobs

July 13, 2016 Agencies having difficulty filling jobs and retaining employees in remote locations would get new hiring and pay flexibilities under legislation introduced in the Senate Wednesday. The Flexible Hiring and Improving Recruitment, Retention, and Education Act, backed by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., would increase agencies’ direct hiring authority, approve special pay...

George Voinovich, the Rare Politician Who Fought for Better Management

June 13, 2016 Largely lost in the terrible news out of Orlando this weekend was the passing of a central figure in the early 21st century world of federal management: former Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio. Voinovich, a two-term senator, was a rare political bird: a lawmaker who cared about how government agencies are...

It’s Not True That No One in Congress Takes Government Performance Seriously

June 7, 2016 Henry Cuellar is more than a little delighted to talk about government performance and customer service. After all, it’s not every day the Texas Democrat is asked to expound on a subject that’s clearly near and dear to his heart. And since he’s not only the driving force behind the...

TSA, Big Government and the Controversy That Was Inevitable

June 1, 2016 In February 2002, I wrote a story for Government Executive centered on the debate (such as it was) over federalizing airport security under the Transportation Security Administration. After the 9/11 attacks, in a stunning reversal of the trend at the time toward privatizing government services, Congress voted overwhelmingly to federalize...

What the FEMA Director Learned From Watching Monty Python

May 31, 2016 Over the weekend, Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, became the latest government figure to appear on Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, the weekly National Public Radio news quiz. He was a good sport, taking part in the show’s “Not My Job” segment, in which he gamely...

So, What Does a CIO Actually Do All Day?

May 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A day in the life of a chief information officer at a federal agency involves a lot of meetings, a search for consensus on key decisions and a dose of the unexpected. So said four federal CIOs who appeared at the ACT-IAC Management of Change conference Monday in Cambridge, Maryland....

The Man Who Showed How to Make Government Work

May 19, 2016 Few Americans would recognize Dwight Ink on sight. But millions of them have benefited from the work he did over decades of service as a career federal executive in a host of agencies. On Thursday, the National Academy of Public Administration honored Ink’s exemplary record of accomplishment by naming the...

Captain Make America Great Again: A Superhero Movie for the Time of Trump

May 9, 2016 The battle over the role of government in providing security and regulating the activities of its citizens isn’t just playing out on the presidential campaign trail. This weekend, in case you didn’t notice, it came to your local multiplex in the form of Captain America: Civil War. In the film...