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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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Speak No Evil

March 1, 2004 The only thing more dangerous in government than trying to convey bad news up the hierarchy is going public with it. obody likes to be the bearer of bad news. But in the career federal service, the job comes with the territory. While higher-ups talk of dreams, visions and grand ...

Postal Service runs $3.9B surplus; White House backs reforms

December 9, 2003 The Postal Service announced Tuesday that it finished fiscal 2003 with a $3.9 billion budget surplus, exceeding its projections by $300 million. "These financial results are important to the American consumer and American businesses, for they reinforce our confidence that we can hold current stamp prices unchanged until 2006," said ...

President moves to limit 2004 federal pay raise

August 27, 2003 President Bush issued a plan Wednesday designed to limit the pay increase for white-collar federal employees to an average of 2 percent in 2004. Under a formula included in the 1990 Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act, federal workers covered under the General Schedule would be due a 2.7 percent base ...

House GOP frosh create waste-watching brigade

July 17, 2003 Three freshmen members of Congress have become the latest to launch a crusade against misuse of taxpayer dollars by federal agencies. On Wednesday, Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Tom Feeney, both Florida Republicans, and Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, announced the creation of "Washington Waste Watchers: A Working Group to Combat Government Waste, ...

NASA needs management overhaul, shuttle investigators told

June 12, 2003 In its final public hearing Thursday, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board moved beyond the search for the immediate cause of the loss of the space shuttle on Feb. 1 to probe the overall state of NASA's management. Witnesses told panel members that the agency suffers from several key weaknesses, especially ...

Plan for new entry-exit system falls short, report says

June 9, 2003 The plan to create a new entry-exit system to collect information about foreigners who visit the United States lacks key information, such as what the system will cost and how immigration officials at the Homeland Security Department will manage the acquisition process, according to a new General Accounting Office report. ...

Supreme Court refuses to overturn ruling denying vets free health care

June 2, 2003 The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to consider overturning a ruling by a federal appeals court that veterans are not entitled to free lifetime health care, even if recruiters promised they would get it decades ago. During the World War II and Korean War eras, military recruits were often lured ...

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, ...