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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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NRA chief calls for corps of armed officers at schools

December 21, 2012 A key leader of the National Rifle Association called Friday for the creation of an armed security force to protect all of the nation’s schools. The corps would include police officers and active-duty and retired military service members. “There are millions of qualified and active retired police, active, reserve, and ...

The Best Government Christmas Video You'll Ever See

December 21, 2012 In a year in which videos tended to give federal employees a bad name, the staff of the U.S. Embasy in Warsaw, Poland, shows how to do it the right way:

Federal Employees: Santa's Little Helpers?

December 20, 2012 In a new video called "Public Elves," the watchdog group OMB Watch says Santa has some helpers that many Americans might not notice this holiday season: federal employees. "The holidays are a time to lift up what's important in life," says the video. "For celebrating friends and family and fellowship. ...

The Agency That Has Never Had a Confirmed Director

December 19, 2012 Sometimes inside government issues -- say, for example, the confirmation process -- actually turn out to be relevant to real-world crises. Actually, lots of times. Here's President Obama today, in his press briefing on gun control and the fiscal cliff: Considering Congress hasn’t confirmed a director of the Bureau of ...

'Whatever Power This Office Holds'

December 17, 2012 President Obama last night at a memorial service in Newtown, Ct.: If there’s even one step we can take to save another child or another parent or another town from the grief that’s visited Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek and Newtown and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that, ...

The Fiscal Cliff and Federal Agencies, Explained

December 11, 2012 Tuesday morning, on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, Government Executive senior correspondent Charlie Clark took up the subject of the fiscal cliff and the looming federal budget sequester, discussing the potential impact on federal operations. The potential budget cuts could bring widespread furloughs and cuts in key government services. Watch the full ...

Administration seeks $60 billion in Hurricane Sandy relief funding

December 7, 2012 The Obama administration formally requested $60.4 billion Friday in funding for Hurricane Sandy relief and to mitigate the effects of similar disasters in the future. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Jeffrey Zients, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, said the funds were needed ...

Air Force Bans Racy Photos in Workplace

December 6, 2012 Air Force leaders have decided that it's about time to make sexy pinup photos a thing of the past. Air Force Times reports that Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh has ordered a search of all workplaces and public spaces to root out items such as calendars, posters, and briefing ...

Furloughs, hiring freeze on the table as Defense begins sequester planning

December 5, 2012 The Defense Department has begun planning to implement a fiscal 2013 budget sequester in January, a spokesman confirmed Wednesday. “We are consulting with the Office of Management and Budget and have been instructed to pursue internal planning on sequestration,” the spokesman, George Little, said at a press availability today, according ...

Hackers already are in your network. Now what?

December 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To Shawn Henry, there are only two types of organizations in the world: Those that know that their networks already have been breached, and those that don’t. “It is nearly impossible to keep the most sophisticated adversaries out of networks,” said Henry, president of Crowdstrike Services and a former executive ...