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Tom Shoop

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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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 ...

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 ...