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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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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 ...

Should Lance Armstrong Give the Postal Service Its Money Back?

January 16, 2013 Now that Lance Armstrong is coming clean to Oprah Winfrey about doping during his years as a world-class cyclist, another issue is rising to the forefront: Should he have to pay back the money the U.S. Postal Service paid to sponsor his cycling team -- along with damages? The Justice ...

Freshman lawmaker on pay, benefits: None for me, thanks

January 14, 2013 Freshman Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to pay and benefits for those in public service -- or, more accurately, using his mouth to declare he's not interested in the benefits, and maybe not the money either. The Hill reports that ...

Know a Great Public Servant? Nominate 'Em!

January 10, 2013 Do you know someone who embodies the best of what public service is all about? Then now's the time to nominate him or her for one of the 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service. Because while the nomination period has been ...

Bureaucratic Horoscope: Financial Windfalls, Mental Agony

January 9, 2013 In the United States, it's shaping up to be another grim year for public servants: Budget uncertainty just keeps dragging on, a two-year pay freeze is in effect (with the possibility that it will be extended even further), and the long-term fiscal outlook isn't exactly rosy. But in India, the ...

What Does Trust in Government Have to do With Gun Control?

January 4, 2013 Don't hold your breath waiting for changes in gun-control policy to be implemented, writes Yale law professor Stephen L. Carter in Bloomberg View. Why? Because Congress can't pass a budget. Carter's logic works like this: In the wake of the Newtown mass shooting, more Americans say they're willing to accept ...

From GAO to House Speaker?

January 3, 2013 House Speaker John Boehner was reeelected to his post Thursday, in a development that wasn't exactly shocking. What was a little surprising was the other people who won support from House GOPers. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., got three votes from Republicans presumably disgruntled with Boehner's leadership. Former Rep. ...

Pulling back from the cliff: House passes compromise measure

January 1, 2013 The House voted Tuesday night to approve a measure aimed at preventing a series of tax increases and spending cuts from automatically going into effect, putting a temporary end to fears that the nation would drop off the fiscal cliff into a recession. After hours of political wrangling, House leaders ...

House votes to extend federal pay freeze

January 1, 2013 This article has been updated. While President Obama has signaled he wants an end to the two-year federal pay freeze this spring, the House of Representatives refused to go along Tuesday. The House voted Tuesday evening to block a scheduled increase for civilian federal employees this spring, as well as ...

How Feds Can Get a Pay Raise

January 1, 2013 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., took to the House floor on New Year's Day to make the GOP case for extending the two-year federal pay freeze. In the process, he acknowledged that federal employees were "hard-working," but said denying an across-the-board salary increase was simply ...