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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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Did Big Government End Slavery?

April 10, 2014 The debate over the size of the federal government took a turn for the absurd this week, as former Sen. Jim DeMint, now head of the Heritage Foundation, found himself in the spotlight for mounting an argument that big government had nothing to do with ending slavery in the United ...

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Feds of the Future

March 28, 2014 There’s something altogether audacious about presuming to predict the future when it comes to federal agencies, especially considering the rapid pace of technological change and the inherent uncertainties of the American political system. But that’s what we’ve set out to do in this issue—to peer into the not-too-distant future when ...

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Air Force Official JFK Called ‘Silly Bastard’ Immortalized on Film

March 11, 2014 It has to go down in history as one of the great presidential phone calls of all time. It took place on July 25, 1963, after the Washington Post reported that the Air Force had spent $5,000 to refurbish a room at Otis Air Force Base in Massachusetts in the ...

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Hey Federal Techies -- Make Your Voice Heard!

February 21, 2014 If you work in federal information technology, you're operating in a world in which priorities, approaches and tools are evolving rapidly. To better understand the changing dynamics of IT management, the Government Business Council -- the research arm of Government Executive Media Group -- is conducting quarterly surveys of government ...

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Watch Jerry Seinfeld Rip the Postal Service

February 19, 2014 Jerry Seinfeld does not like the United States Postal Service. More than one episode of his classic eponymous sitcom was devoted to mocking the foibles of the postal bureaucracy, and a central character in the series, “Newman,” was a letter carrier whose work was characterized by laziness and ineptitude. In ...

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Have Feds Been Off the Job 25 Percent of the Time This Fiscal Year?

February 19, 2014 Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times presented an interesting statistic yesterday: Since the beginning of fiscal 2014, federal agencies in Washington “have been closed in whole or in part for 27 of the 105 weekdays.” In other words, the government in Washington has been open less than 75 percent of ...

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Obama Issues Order Boosting Minimum Wage for Contractors

February 12, 2014 President Obama issued an executive order Wednesday raising the minimum wage for workers under federal contracts to $10.10 per hour, starting next year. The move fulfills a pledge Obama made in his State of the Union address last month to take action on his own to raise wages for lower-paid ...

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Obama Tells Agencies to Give Unemployed Workers a Fair Shot at Federal Jobs

January 31, 2014 Federal agencies should not reject applicants for federal jobs on the grounds that they are unemployed, even if an applicant has been unable to find work for an extended period of time, President Obama said in a memo issued Friday. “Although executive departments and agencies generally can, and do, take ...

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State of the Union: A Call to (Limited) Action

January 28, 2014 10:30 p.m. When it comes to exercising the levers of government, this was a speech that was long on promises of action, with President Obama pledging multiple times to exercise his executive authority to spur federal measures he deems essential. At the same time, as he has done before, Obama ...

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Obama to Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

January 28, 2014 This story has been updated. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama will announce he is using his executive authority to raise the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts to $10.10 per hour. Obama has asked Congress to increase the minimum wage for all ...