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,, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.
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Greenspan and the Grads

May 18, 2005 It's that time of year, when Washington's movers and shakers leave the capital to offer up words of wisdom to graduates of the nation's finest institutions of higher learning. Generally they just serve up platitudes about how bright the future is, the importance of following one's dreams, etc. But sometimes...

Inside Hack Job

May 17, 2005 Here's something for those obsessed with cybersecurity to keep in mind: A new report from the Secret Service and the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute’s CERT found that most acts of insider sabotage on computer systems in critical infrastructure sectors were perpetrated by former employees--motivated at least in part by...

Out of Court

May 17, 2005 Federal judges aren't happy with the information the U.S. Marshals Service is providing them about securing courtrooms, the Chicago Tribue reports. The Marshals Service says it's not a separation of powers issue; it's just that they don't want to share security information with anybody but their overseers on the Hill.

The Wrong Questions

May 16, 2005 Sometime GovExec contributor and longtime public service expert Paul Light had a nice column in Newsday Sunday on the John Bolton situation. On the form Bolton had to fill out before he was nominated, Light notes, "none of the more than 200 questions asked about Bolton's definition of leadership, his...

Hope Springs Eternal

May 16, 2005 Now comes the time in the military base-closing process when members of Congress seek to deflect accusations that they failed to protect all of their states' facilities by gamely suggesting it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings. Just a few examples: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas: "This recommendation list...

No Ice, Please

May 16, 2005 Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago have discovered a new kind of water that doesn't freeze--even at temperatures near absolute zero. “Even though people have been modeling water for decades,” said visiting scientist Christian J. Burnham from the University of Houston, “we are only now just beginning to appreciate...

Insecure Future

May 15, 2005 TSA could be killed just as quickly as it was created. In retrospect, that moment after the Sept. 11 attacks when Americans fell back in love with big government, seeking protection from the fears raised by the most egregious act of terrorism ever perpetrated on American soil, seems to have...

There Otter Be A Law

May 13, 2005 You might think that Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., has re-introduced the Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act to support sea otter research programs at the Fish and Wildlife Service just because the little critters are so darn adorable. You'd be right. The title of his press release says it...

No Rapture Regs

May 12, 2005 Another urban legend bites the dust: No, the FAA does not have regulations stating that Christian airline pilots must be paired with non-believers in cockpits to keep planes from falling out of the sky when the Rapture occurs and Christians are swept up into the clouds to meet Jesus.

Head for the Heels

May 12, 2005 Best detail I've seen yet from yesterday's "Run for your lives, a Cessna's attacking Washington" reporting comes from the Washington Times: "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fled in her stocking feet when Capitol Police officers lifted her out of her shoes."