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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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The Real Impact

April 1, 2013 March 1 was the day that the unthinkable became the inevitable, followed shortly by settling into the routine. It was the Day of Sequestration. On that day, $85 billion in federal spending was eliminated in one great across-the-board swoop. It was, as President Obama reminded Americans multiple times in January ...

Is the Secret Service Hiring Alien Reptile Shapeshifters?

March 26, 2013 The Secret Service has had more than its share of issues lately, from a prostitution scandal to getting caught in the middle of a political tiff over canceling White House tours due to sequestration. But at least the agency's leaders weren't doing anything truly crazy, like hiring alien reptilian shapeshifters ...

The Federal Management Event of the Year

March 15, 2013 I'm very pleased to announce that registration is now open for the premier federal management event of the year -- Excellence in Government. The training and education event will take place May 13-14 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington. We've expanded EIG to two days this year, because, well ...

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 ...