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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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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 ...

Appeals court rules Obama recess appointments unconstitutional

January 25, 2013 This article has been updated. President Obama's three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board last year violated the Constitution, a federal appeals court has ruled. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that Obama's move, which came at a time when ...

An IG Report So Shocking You'll Never Read About It

January 25, 2013 A new Defense Department inspector general report is destined for obscurity. Its contents are unlikely to draw news coverage and will not be discussed at the highest levels of the department -- or anywhere else, for that matter. Is there a cover-up at work here? Does this report reveal something ...

Watch John Kerry Get Emotional Talking About Public Servants

January 24, 2013 Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., President Obama's nominee to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, got chocked up in his confirmation hearing Thursday when he spoke about the State Department's employees and the value of the service they provide to the country. Indeed, he had to take a moment to ...