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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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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 ...

Defending Government, Halfheartedly

January 22, 2013 In 1981, President Reagan, fresh from taking the oath of office, stepped to a microphone on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and fleshed out a theme that he had doggedly developed through months of campaigning: " In this present crisis," he intoned, "government is not the solution to our ...

Public Sector Union Membership is in Freefall

January 17, 2013 It's no secret that public sector jobs have taken a beating in the recession and slow recovery. A total of more than 600,000 jobs at all levels of government have been eliminated since 2009, and while other sectors of the economy have bounced back (at least a little), public sector ...