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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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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 ...

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 ...