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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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Obama Issues Plan for 1 Percent Pay Raise Next Year

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. The figure matches the amount the president requested in his fiscal 2014 budget proposal. Obama issued a separate plan providing 1 percent boost in monthly basic pay ...

Former Air Force Secretary To Reduce Hagel's Staff by 20 Percent

August 27, 2013 Former Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley will lead a review of the organizational structure of the Office of the Secretary of Defense aimed at slashing its budget and cutting the number of people who report directly to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Specifically, the Pentagon announced Tuesday, the review would ...

Ex-Air Force Chief to Lead Effort to Slash Defense Headquarters Operations

August 27, 2013 Former Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley will lead a review of the organizational structure of the Office of the Secretary of Defense aimed at slashing its budget and cutting the number of people who report directly to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Specifically, the Pentagon announced Tuesday, the review would ...

Tell Us How You Really Feel About Workplace Communication

August 23, 2013 President Obama has published 88 executive orders since 2011. While some of the directives are relevant only to a few agencies -- think ”Prohibiting Certain Imports of Burmese Jadeite and Rubies” -- others affect nearly every federal employee. The question is, do these and other messages from the top make ...

When Drinking on the Job Makes You Better

August 21, 2013 I've become a late-to-the-party devotee of Mad Men. One of the things that makes the show so engaging is its dedication to verisimilitude when it comes to historical accuracy, design and fashion -- oh, and also to the prodigious amount of in-office drinking that apparently went on in the 1960s. ...

Transforming Defense

August 1, 2013 The Defense Department is facing more than its share of challenges these days, from implementing sequestration to transitioning out of Afghanistan to dealing with the shift to the Asia-Pacific region. It’s a time of transformation in national defense, and the hunger for information about how to address it is large ...

The Highest-Performing Operation in Government

July 31, 2013 Some years ago, I wrote a rather churlish column for Government Executive 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 an impending ...

How to Hack the System to Change Government

July 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Jennifer Pahlka, the founder of the Code for America initiative who is now working for the Obama administration as deputy chief technology officer, has been in government for 37 days -- 51 if you count weekends. Pahlka is counting the days, because she has given herself a year to make ...

Contest: Make These Bills Rhyme

July 23, 2013 Last week, a bipartisan group of legislators introduced a package of nine bills aimed at making government more efficient and effective. In addition to advocating important ideas ranging from biennial budgeting to bulk purchasing, the authors of several of the bills managed to follow an impressive rhyme scheme: The Take ...

Hey, Let's Move Federal Employees to Detroit!

July 22, 2013 It's right there in the headline: "Six Crazy Ideas for Saving Detroit." So it's probably unlikely that many people will take seriously item no. 5 on the list compiled by the Washington Post's Wonkblog: "Move federal workers to Detroit." "There are about 2.7 million federal civilian workers," the Wonkbloggers note. ...