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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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Appeals court rules Obama recess appointments unconstitutional

January 25, 2013 This article has been updated. President Obama's three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board last year violated the Constitution, a federal appeals court has ruled. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that Obama's move, which came at a time when ...

An IG Report So Shocking You'll Never Read About It

January 25, 2013 A new Defense Department inspector general report is destined for obscurity. Its contents are unlikely to draw news coverage and will not be discussed at the highest levels of the department -- or anywhere else, for that matter. Is there a cover-up at work here? Does this report reveal something ...

Watch John Kerry Get Emotional Talking About Public Servants

January 24, 2013 Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., President Obama's nominee to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, got chocked up in his confirmation hearing Thursday when he spoke about the State Department's employees and the value of the service they provide to the country. Indeed, he had to take a moment to ...

Defending Government, Halfheartedly

January 22, 2013 In 1981, President Reagan, fresh from taking the oath of office, stepped to a microphone on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and fleshed out a theme that he had doggedly developed through months of campaigning: " In this present crisis," he intoned, "government is not the solution to our ...

Public Sector Union Membership is in Freefall

January 17, 2013 It's no secret that public sector jobs have taken a beating in the recession and slow recovery. A total of more than 600,000 jobs at all levels of government have been eliminated since 2009, and while other sectors of the economy have bounced back (at least a little), public sector ...

Should Lance Armstrong Give the Postal Service Its Money Back?

January 16, 2013 Now that Lance Armstrong is coming clean to Oprah Winfrey about doping during his years as a world-class cyclist, another issue is rising to the forefront: Should he have to pay back the money the U.S. Postal Service paid to sponsor his cycling team -- along with damages? The Justice ...

Freshman lawmaker on pay, benefits: None for me, thanks

January 14, 2013 Freshman Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to pay and benefits for those in public service -- or, more accurately, using his mouth to declare he's not interested in the benefits, and maybe not the money either. The Hill reports that ...

Know a Great Public Servant? Nominate 'Em!

January 10, 2013 Do you know someone who embodies the best of what public service is all about? Then now's the time to nominate him or her for one of the 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service. Because while the nomination period has been ...

Bureaucratic Horoscope: Financial Windfalls, Mental Agony

January 9, 2013 In the United States, it's shaping up to be another grim year for public servants: Budget uncertainty just keeps dragging on, a two-year pay freeze is in effect (with the possibility that it will be extended even further), and the long-term fiscal outlook isn't exactly rosy. But in India, the ...

What Does Trust in Government Have to do With Gun Control?

January 4, 2013 Don't hold your breath waiting for changes in gun-control policy to be implemented, writes Yale law professor Stephen L. Carter in Bloomberg View. Why? Because Congress can't pass a budget. Carter's logic works like this: In the wake of the Newtown mass shooting, more Americans say they're willing to accept ...