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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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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. ...

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New Year, New Approach

January 21, 2014 Longtime readers of Government Executive will notice some subtle but significant changes starting with this issue. For almost 45 years, we’ve undertaken it as our mission to provide news and information to federal managers about what is happening in the executive branch and how their peers are tackling key challenges. ...

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Obama Lauds OMB Staffers

January 17, 2014 On Friday evening, President Obama signed into law the omnibus appropriations bill funding federal agencies through the end of the fiscal year. And he did so in an unusual location: the New Executive Office Building near the White House, and home to many of the employees of the Office of ...

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Last Chance to Nominate a Peak Public Servant

January 16, 2014 If you know of someone who’s working above and beyond the call of duty in your organization, now is the time to try to get him or her for some recognition. Because time is just about up to nominate peak-performing public servants for this year’s Service to America medals. Nominations ...

Gates’ Love-Hate Relationship with Bureaucracy

January 8, 2014 Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is making quite a splash with his new memoir, and it’s not even out yet. Commenters on the book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, have noted Gates’ highly critical assessment of President Obama, the White House national security team and members of Congress. ...

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Robert Gates’ Love-Hate Relationship With the Bureaucracy

January 8, 2014 Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is making quite a splash with his new memoir, and it’s not even out yet. Commenters on the book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, have noted Gates’ highly critical assessment of President Obama, the White House national security team and members of Congress. ...