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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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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 ...

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Making Newsletters Mobile-Friendly

January 22, 2014 If you’re among the hundreds of thousands of people who subscribe to one of our e-newsletters, you probably have noticed a difference in their appearance lately. We hope you’ve found that the change is for the better, especially if you’re among the rapidly growing number of subscribers who are doing ...

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Senators Push Bill to Rename Government Printing Office

January 22, 2014 The Government Printing Office clearly does not want to be tethered to the notion that’s it’s all about putting ink on paper -- so much so that it wants a new name. On Wednesday, Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., introduced legislation (S. 1947) that would formally change ...

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A Crusader for Limited Government to the End

January 21, 2014 When most people leave Congress, especially after relatively long careers, they like to tout their legislative accomplishments to burnish their legacies. But Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is not your typical lawmaker, and as he gets set to retire from the Senate due to health issues, he's singing a different tune. ...