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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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White House opposes pay parity, job competition restrictions

May 22, 2003 The Bush administration announced Thursday that it opposes language in the House version of the fiscal 2004 defense authorization bill calling for pay parity for military service members and civilian federal employees. "Civilian and military pay linkage is not necessary," the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement ...

GAO seeks personnel flexibility, name change

April 30, 2003 General Accounting Office chief David Walker has proposed legislation that would give the congressional watchdog agency freedom from key personnel restrictions contained in Title 5 of the U.S. Code, and would change the name of the agency to the Government Accountability Office. The bill would give GAO permanent authority to ...

EEOC threatens employee furloughs over budget shortfall

March 6, 2003 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will have to furlough all of its employees for 16 to 19 days this year unless Congress acts to remedy a budget shortfall at the agency, EEOC Chairwoman Cari M. Dominguez wrote in a letter to members of Congress this week. The furloughs, wrote Dominguez, ...

Washington-area agencies dig out, reopen

February 18, 2003 After two days of closures due to more than a foot of snow that fell over the weekend, the Office of Personnel Management announced Tuesday that federal agencies in the Washington area would reopen Wednesday. Agencies will operate under an unscheduled leave policy, meaning that employees who are unable to ...

NASA launches multi-agency investigation of shuttle tragedy

February 1, 2003 On what NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe called "a tragic day for the NASA family" and the nation, the space shuttle Columbia broke up as it descended over central Texas en route to a scheduled landing Saturday morning at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. "The Columbia is lost. There are no ...

Bush speaks of big initiatives, small government

January 28, 2003 In a State of the Union address dominated by initiatives to jump-start the U.S. economy and warnings of impending war in Iraq, President Bush told most federal agencies and employees to expect lean times ahead. "We gather in this chamber deeply aware of the decisive days that lie ahead," President ...

Postal Service reopens Washington facility; tests for anthrax negative

January 15, 2003 The Postal Service reopened a government mail processing facility in Washington Wednesday night, after tests for the presence of anthrax came back negative. "We do not have contamination at the federal mail sorting facility," said Thomas Day, the Postal Service's vice president of engineering, at a press conference Wednesday evening. ...

FBI, Homeland Security agencies track five men

December 30, 2002 The FBI and several agencies slated to move into the new Homeland Security Department are working together to track five men of Arab ancestry who are believed to have entered the United States illegally on Dec. 24. The FBI announced Sunday it was seeking the public's help in locating the ...

Military members, civilian personnel to get smallpox vaccinations

December 13, 2002 President Bush announced Monday that military service members and other federal personnel who work in "high-risk parts of the world" would receive smallpox vaccinations. Health care workers and emergency responders at other levels of government will also be offered the vaccine. Reports have indicated that 500,000 military members and 500,000 ...

Americans favor homeland agency even as trust in government drops

September 9, 2002 While Americans' overall trust in government has fallen from the very high levels reported after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, they still favor creation of a new Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security to prevent future attacks. In a CNN/Gallup/USA Today poll conducted last week, 60 percent of respondents said Congress ...