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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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Can President Obama Manage Government?

November 26, 2013 According to a CNN poll released this week, only 40 percent of Americans say President Obama manages government effectively, down 12 points since June. That’s not exactly shocking, given the well-documented snafus in the rollout of Healthcare.gov. The problem is that these survey results are not a reflection of a ...

Which Metro Area Has the Highest Share of Federal Employees? Hint: Not Washington

November 15, 2013 There has been much talk lately about the effects of pay freezes, sequestration, furloughs and government shutdowns on the federal workforce and the overall economy. Naturally, the hardest-hit areas over the long haul are likely to be the ones with the highest concentrations of federal employees. You might think that ...

Boldly Going

November 15, 2013 The 16-day shutdown of government in October affected federal agencies in dramatically different ways. At the Housing and Urban Development Department, 96 percent of employees were sent home, according to an analysis of shutdown plans by Government Executive’s Eric Katz. At the Education Department, the figure was 95 percent. Among ...

Fanning: Air Force Having Trouble Keeping Pilots, and Pay Isn’t the Problem

November 14, 2013 The Air Force is offering big bonuses to keep its pilots in the service, but they’re not taking them because budget constraints are forcing the service to limit both current flying hours and opportunities to fly the next generation of aircraft, acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning said Thursday. Over ...

Obama Calls for IT Procurement Reform

November 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama on Monday called for an overhaul of the way the federal government purchases information technology in the wake of the troubled launch of the Healthcare.gov website. “There are a whole range of things that we’re going to need to do once we get this fixed -- to talk ...

Do Not Call a Navy Captain Fat

October 23, 2013 The Washington Post has the correction of the day, if not the year, in its print edition today: “An Oct. 14 Style article about access to the prison camp for terrorism suspects at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, incorrectly referred to Navy Capt. Robert Durand as “thickset.” ...

A Meeting of the Minds on the Future of Defense

October 21, 2013 With the war in Afghanistan coming to a close, the military engaged in a long-term shift in attention to the Asia-Pacific region and severe belt-tightening underway at the Pentagon, the Defense Department faces an almost unprecedented set of challenges. That's why we at Government Executive Media Group and Atlantic Media ...

Americans Hate Federal Government, Love Federal Agencies and Employees

October 18, 2013 In the latest in what has become a seemingly endless litany of reports about plummeting trust in government, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press reports today that its latest study, conducted just before the shutdown ended, shows that only 19 percent of Americans trust the government ...

OMB to Agencies, Employees: Get Back to Business

October 17, 2013 In the wee hours of Thursday morning, after President Obama signed a measure ending the government shutdown and lifting the federal debt limit until early 2014, the Office of Management and Budget sent a formal message to agencies and their employees: It's time to get back to work. "You should ...

House GOPer: No Back Pay for Feds Home Watching Netflix

October 11, 2013 When the House voted unanimously last Saturday to grant back pay to furloughed federal employees when and if this shutdown ever ends, among those casting "yes" votes was Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla. This was despite the fact that Yoho has been among the hardest of the conservative hardliners in using ...