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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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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 ...

Do Lawmakers Fear Mobs of Angry Feds?

October 11, 2013 Over at "The Corner," on National Review Online, Jonathan Strong adds this tidbit today to an update on ongoing talks to try to break the stalemate on Capitol Hill and at the White House over a continuing resolution, the debt ceiling, Obamacare, entitlement spending and everything else that's being thrown ...

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 ...