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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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Spending and More Spending

May 9, 2005 California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, according to a report in the Washington Times, says efforts like the Minuteman Project--under which some folks are sitting in lawn chairs next to barbecue grills in Arizona in order to ward off would-be illegal immigrants--are what happens when the federal government doesn't do its job...

Feint Praise

May 9, 2005 It's not every day that a United States senator puts out a press release praising the efficiency and effectiveness of a federal program--even when it is a pet program of the senator's, and the praise is mostly designed to prevent budget cuts.

The Gambler

May 9, 2005 The Justice Department announced Friday that ex-Bureau of Engraving and Printing employee Donald Edward Stokes had been arrested for allegedly stealing $30,000 in currency from the agency's Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas. He was charged with theft of government property. (Well, I suppose that's what it was, technically.)...

Naming Conventions

May 9, 2005 Seventy or eighty or so years from now, you're going to be able to walk into a nursing home and shout "Emily! Jacob!" and half the people will turn around. That's right, the Social Security Administration has reported that once again, those two names were the most popular baby names...

Rules of the Roadless

May 6, 2005 Let's play "Press Release Roulette." Who do you believe about the Bush administration's new rule on roadless areas in national forests? The Forest Service ("Forest Service acts to conserve roadless areas in national forests"), the Natural Resources Defense Council ("Bush administration replaces roadless rule with treeless rule"), the American Forest...

Thar She Blows!

May 6, 2005 So what would happen if Washington's Mount Rainier erupted in "a catastrophic seismic event that triggers a landslide and massive debris flow"? FEMA characterizes that as a "high consequence, low probability" scenario (whew!), but that's not stopping the agency from working with the Defense Department on how they'd respond to...

Less Roaming

May 5, 2005 Dang, I knew it was too good to be true. The actual amount of the recent NASA contract for CrackBerry--oops, BlackBerry--international roaming charges is $42,982, not more than $4 million.

Swatting a Saddam Story

May 5, 2005 I sympathize with federal public affairs officials who must decide which news reports are simply too outlandish to justify comment, and which they should make an effort to bat down. Apparently, Pentagon press officials think a recent report in a London-based Arab newspaper that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld took a...

Water Works

May 5, 2005 Sure, the big issues of the day are Iraq, the economy, the ridiculous price of gas, Social Security reform and runaway brides. But that doesn't mean that other critical issues are escaping the attention of vigilant members of Congress. Witness the press release yesterday from Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairman...

Hey Big Spender!

May 4, 2005 For awhile now, I've been arguing that President Bush likes to declare that he's a small-government conservative by walling off defense and homeland security programs as though they don't count as "government." Now comes the Cato Institute with a new report showing that even if you exclude such expenditures, Bush...