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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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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 ...

Conan O'Brien Wants to Talk About Your Pension

February 20, 2013 The White House Correspondents Association announced Wednesday that Conan O'Brien would be the speaker at its annual dinner in April. The late-night funnyman is clearly excited about the gig, but perhaps not for the reason you might think -- at least judging from the tweet he sent out after the ...

GSA Chief: Streamlining Offices Key to Improving Agency

February 19, 2013 The ongoing process of consolidating functional offices at the General Services Administration is critical to cutting costs and delivering better service to other federal agencies, GSA's administrator said Tuesday In a blog post, Dan Tangherlini said an ongoing "top to bottom" review of agency operations has led to decisions to ...

Who's More Friendly, TSA or the Postal Service?

February 13, 2013 Who's better at taking care of their customers, the screeners at the Transportation Security Administration or the employees of the U.S. Postal Service? While given these agencies' overall level of popularity, many Americans doubtless would say "neither," Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., has an opinion. Fox Nation reports that in the ...

State of the Union: In Defense of Government and its Employees

February 12, 2013 10:16 p.m. That's a wrap. Final thoughts: This was, by the standards of recent history, a clarion call for activist government, and a strong defense of the people who work in it -- at least in the national security arena. And it included a direct acknowledgment that threatening to shut ...

Senate Panel Backs Hagel Nomination on Party-Line Vote

February 12, 2013 The Senate Armed Services Committee voted Tuesday to approve the nomination of Chuck Hagel to head the Defense Department on a 14-11 vote. All of the 14 votes for Hagel came from Democrats; all opposed to the nominee were Republicans. Republicans have indicated they may try to block Hagel's nomination ...

Defense Extends Benefits to Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Service Members

February 11, 2013 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta formally extended a set of military benefits to same-sex partners of service members Monday. "Discrimination based on sexual orientation no longer has a place in the military," Panetta wrote in a memo to senior military leaders. "Today, our military leaders are ensuring that all America's sons ...

What's Really To Blame for the Postal Service's Woes

February 11, 2013 Over at our (big) sister site, The Atlantic, James Fallows has been on a tear lately with a series of posts about the Postal Service's decision to end Saturday mail delivery. Two items stand out. In the first, Fallows refers to a piece by John Tierney in Salon making the ...