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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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8 Ways to Solve the Postal Service's Budget Problems

February 7, 2013 With the Postal Service poised to end Saturday delivery in the name of cost-cutting, The Onion has come up with a list of other ideas to address USPS's budget woes. Unfortunately, because it's The Onion, they're not exactly serious. Unless you think any of the following proposals might actually work: ...

Pentagon to Propose 1 Percent Pay Raise for Troops

February 7, 2013 The Defense Department will request a 1 percent pay increase for members of the uniformed military for 2014, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. Military service members received a 1.7 percent increase for 2013. "The proposal provides a pay raise for U.S. forces in an era of slowing defense spending," said Defense ...

Even with furloughs, Army may not be able to make payroll under sequester

February 6, 2013 Even if the Army furloughs every one of its more than 250,000 civilian employees for the maximum of 22 days this year, the service may fall short of meeting budget sequestration targets, briefing documents show. The documents, obtained by AOL Defense, show Army leaders believe that unless Congress grants them ...

John Kerry: 'Can a Man Actually Run the State Department?'

February 4, 2013 John Kerry formally reported for duty at State Department headquarters Monday, and began his day with an address to the department's employees. Some: highlights of the speech: So here’s the big question before the country and the world and the State Department after the last eight years: Can a man ...

Agencies cut thousands of jobs in January

February 1, 2013 Federal agencies shed 5,000 jobs in January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. On the whole, government, including the state and local sectors, lost 9,000 jobs during the month. Further losses may be on the horizon, with budget sequestration that would cut tens of billions of dollars from agency ...

Tell Your Story

February 1, 2013 Here’s a story: It involves an agency that shall remain nameless, a representative of which called me out of the blue recently (as federal officials sometimes do) to ask if we would be interested in interviewing a key official. Why yes, we would, I responded, after hearing about how this ...

The Secret to Success in Your Job This Year

January 31, 2013 So far, 2013 has been all about big challenges for those who run the government’s huge programs and operations. The threat of sequestration hangs over agencies, and whatever happens, managers and executives will be under pressure to find ways to get the job done at the lowest possible cost to ...

Behind the Huge Plunge in Defense Spending

January 30, 2013 If anyone was still wondering whether the biggest federal agency was cutting back its spending late last year in anticipation of a potential budget sequester, the answer came this morning -- and it was a resounding yes. In announcing that GDP had shrunk by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter ...

DoD Chief: No Lowering of Standards for Women

January 28, 2013 Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wants to clear up what he characterized as "misperceptions" about the Pentagon's move to rescind rules prohibiting women from combat roles. "Some fear that this decision will lower standards in our military," Dempsey said in a blog post. "That is ...

Is Government Now the Caboose of Technology?

January 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow TechCrunch has posted an interesting Q&A with veteran IT innovator Marc Andreesen on "the future of enterprise." It includes an insightful (if not wholly original) summary of the evolution of the computer industry, in which Andreesen makes the case that government used to fund and develop the big advances in ...