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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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Celebrating Public Service Under 'Really Stupid Circumstances'

October 4, 2013 It was another really inspiring evening at the Partnership for Public Service's Service to America Medals gala in Washington Thursday night -- in fact, it was even more inspiring than usual, given the irony of seeing some truly amazing stories of outstanding public servants play out against a backdrop of ...

The 'Nonessential' Label: Cruel and Wrong

October 2, 2013 GovExec’s Eric Katz has been crunching the numbers on furloughs, and one thing is very clear about this government shutdown: It’s affecting various agencies in dramatically different ways. At the Housing and Urban Development Department, 96 percent of employees have been sent home. At the Education Department, the figure is ...

Obama to Troops, Civilians: We'll Support You in Shutdown

October 1, 2013 In a video message issued shortly after the federal government formally shut down early Tuesday morning, President Obama assured troops they would be paid for their continued service, and told civilians they "deserve better" than the recent treatment they have received as a result of sequestration and the shutdown. "Those ...

Government Giveth...

October 1, 2013 In early September, as what turned out to be a rather hectic summer drew to a close, my family managed to squeeze in a mini-vacation to Virginia Beach, Va. On the last day of the trip, we took a two-hour cruise on the nearby Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads Harbor ...

Obama: Federal Employees Will Be Hit Hard by Shutdown

September 30, 2013 Federal employees would be among those hardest hit by a government shutdown in the near term, President Obama said in a brief White House appearance Monday evening. Obama noted that federal office buildings would close, paychecks would be delayed, and vital services ranging from veterans’ programs to Hurricane Sandy relief ...

Alleged Navy Yard Shooter Worked Under Major IT Contract

September 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The alleged shooter in Monday's mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard worked as a subcontractor to a large federal information technology contractor. Officials at HP confirmed that Aaron Alexis, 34, of Fort Worth, Texas, worked on a major Navy information technology project. He was killed in the course of ...

Washington Navy Yard to Remain Closed Tuesday

September 16, 2013 The Washington Navy Yard will remain closed at most of its employees Tuesday, as federal and local law enforcement officials continue to investigate a shooting at the Naval Sea Systems Command that claimed the lives of 13 people, including the shooter, identified as Aaron Alexis of Texas. Naval District Washington ...

Lamenting a "Senseless Act of Terror" While Praising the Response

September 16, 2013 As law enforcement agencies, under the leadership of the FBI, continued a full-scale investigation into a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard Monday morning, observers from President Obama to leaders of federal labor unions mourned those killed in the attack. In due time, Obama said Monday, the nation will ...

No Excuses

September 1, 2013 Some years ago, I wrote a rather churlish column in this magazine on my experiences with the State Department’s passport processing operation. In it, I warned that customer service was about to become a critical issue for State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (which handles passport applications), because of a then-impending ...

Obama Wants to Give Troops, Civilians a 1 Percent Pay Raise in 2014

August 30, 2013 President Obama issued an alternative federal pay plan late Friday, setting an across-the-board increase for civilian federal employees of 1 percent in 2014. Obama issued a separate plan providing 1 percent boost in monthly basic pay rates for military service members. The figure matches the amount the president requested in ...