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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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How Happy Are You at Work? Tell Us.

March 13, 2013 Our crack research team at Government Executive is in the midst of the largest study they've ever conducted. It involves assessing employee engagement across the federal government -- that is, how involved employees are in their work and how enthusiastic they are about it. Here's where you come in: We ...

How to Find Your Next Job

March 6, 2013 If you’ve been following GovExec.com closely over the past couple of weeks, you may have noticed a new link in the upper right corner of every page on the site. Its one-word description pretty much says it all: “Jobs.” The link leads to our new job listings section, featuring a ...

Obama: 'We Can Manage Through' Sequester

March 4, 2013 President Obama had a new message about sequestration Monday, in the form of a challenge to federal agencies: This may be difficult and nobody's idea of sound public policy, but "we can manage through it." Prior to a meeting with his Cabinet -- including new members Jack Lew of Treasury ...

Obama Issues Order Implementing Sequester

March 1, 2013 In the end, the long-feared sequester of federal funds came swiftly and quietly. On Friday evening, President Obama issued an order putting sequestration into effect. He was required by law to do so by the end of the day in the absence of a congressional agreement to stop the $85 ...

The Real Problem With Sequestration

March 1, 2013 Happy Sequestration Day, everybody! What was once unthinkable has now taken on an air (maybe stench is a more appropriate word) of inevitability. And here's what people will be talking about: whether President Obama overplayed his hand politically, the extent to which cuts actually will be felt by Americans and ...

OMB: Some Agencies Could Begin Furloughs in March

February 27, 2013 If the across-the-board cut in federal spending known as sequestration goes into effect at the end of the week, it could take weeks for the process of formally notifying employees of impending furloughs to unfold at many agencies. That would mean, in many cases, that individual employees would not be ...

Obama Wants it Both Ways on Sequester

February 26, 2013 During his stop-the-sequester roadshow stop in Newport News, Va., today, President Obama cut to the heart of the issue. What doesn't make sense about sequestration, he argued, is what he has previously characterized as its "meat-cleaver" approach to budget cuts: Now, the reason that we're even thinking about the sequester ...

Sequestration Questions and Answers

February 25, 2013 I was on C-SPAN's Washington Journal this morning, doing my best to explain the impact of the impending sequestration on federal agency operations -- including answering some tough questions from a group of students at Mount Vernon High School in northern Virginia. In the course of the appearance, I hope ...

Agencies Are Supposed to Avoid Furloughs

February 25, 2013 With sequestration of agency budgets just days away, much of the talk lately has been about furloughs. The Pentagon has warned that more than 700,000 civilian employees could be subject to furloughs lasting up to 22 days. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has talked of furloughs of up to 14 ...

Jose Canseco Does Not Like the Sequester

February 21, 2013 Ex-baseball star (and enthusiastic steroids user) Jose Canseco has public opinions about a lot of things, but until recently, federal fiscal policy hasn't been among them. But last night, Canseco (ar at least the verified Twitter account of Canseco) waded into the Washington scene. First, he apparently accepted BuzzFeed's invitation ...