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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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From GAO to House Speaker?

January 3, 2013 House Speaker John Boehner was reeelected to his post Thursday, in a development that wasn't exactly shocking. What was a little surprising was the other people who won support from House GOPers. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., got three votes from Republicans presumably disgruntled with Boehner's leadership. Former Rep. ...

Pulling back from the cliff: House passes compromise measure

January 1, 2013 The House voted Tuesday night to approve a measure aimed at preventing a series of tax increases and spending cuts from automatically going into effect, putting a temporary end to fears that the nation would drop off the fiscal cliff into a recession. After hours of political wrangling, House leaders ...

House votes to extend federal pay freeze

January 1, 2013 This article has been updated. While President Obama has signaled he wants an end to the two-year federal pay freeze this spring, the House of Representatives refused to go along Tuesday. The House voted Tuesday evening to block a scheduled increase for civilian federal employees this spring, as well as ...

How Feds Can Get a Pay Raise

January 1, 2013 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., took to the House floor on New Year's Day to make the GOP case for extending the two-year federal pay freeze. In the process, he acknowledged that federal employees were "hard-working," but said denying an across-the-board salary increase was simply ...

Obama: No long-term deal on sequestration

December 31, 2012 President Obama, speaking with a group of what the White House characterized as middle class Americans arrayed on a stage behind him, announced Monday afternoon that a deal to prevent a series of tax hikes from going into effect at the beginning of the New Year was "within sight." But ...

No Pay Increase for Congress

December 31, 2012 Update 1/1/13, 8:47 a.m.: The budget deal approved by the Senate early Tuesday prevents the scheduled pay increase for members of Congress from going into effect in March. Last week, President Obama issued an order that would bring an end to the two-year pay freeze and implement a 0.5 percent ...

Employees, unions get further details on furloughs

December 28, 2012 The Obama administration reached out to federal labor unions Friday to provide more detailed information about potential employee furloughs in the event the budget sequestration process unfolds, and the Office of Personnel Management posted answers to common questions about how the furlough process would work in practice. In a posting ...

The CIA vs. Hollywood

December 28, 2012 CIA officials are not happy about the way the agency and its employees are portrayed in Hollywood. Not at all. Which is kind of funny, considering the CIA's employees often are depicted in the movies as almost superhuman in their ability to extract intelligence and take out bad guys all ...

Obama orders end to pay freeze in spring

December 28, 2012 As Congress and the White House remain entangled in last-minute fiscal cliff negotiations, President Obama has made one thing clear: he wants an end to the two-year pay civilian federal employee pay freeze next spring. On Thursday, Obama issued an executive order that would lift the freeze and implement a ...

Federal News Straight to Your Phone

December 21, 2012 So maybe you're not going to be in the office all that much over the next week or so -- at least enjoying your Christmas Eve off. You can still keep up with all the latest news developments using our GovExec smartphone apps. Our iPhone and Android apps give you ...