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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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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...

Postal Plea: Let Us Have It

May 4, 2005 Give 'em credit for bravery over at the Postal Service. First they announce they're going to have to raise rates if Congress doesn't approve a postal reform bill, and then they say they're "inviting customer comment" about the future direction of the agency. Good luck with that.

Where the Astronauts Roam

May 4, 2005 Did NASA really just issue a $4,298,235 contract to cover "International Roaming Charges for AT&T Wireless Blackberry"? That's a lot of emails. (Thanks, NASA Watch.)

Just Do It

May 3, 2005 Often, the best (and most overlooked) examples of effective civil servants in action involve not begging for legislation or unveiling flashy new programs, but simply rolling up your sleeves and working together to get the job done. There was a great story on this phenomenon in the NY Times yesterday....

Just Wait 'Til Summer

May 3, 2005 The Army missed its recruiting goals for the third month in a row, USA Today reports. But service leaders say spring's never any good for signing up recruits, and they'll make up the difference this summer.

Passport to Efficiency

May 1, 2005 Front-line service makes all the difference in the world when it comes to public perception. Federal agencies have spent years-in some cases decades-trying to improve the efficiency of their operations and the quality of their customer service. The growth of the Internet has helped immensely, leading to the current obsession...

Hold On

April 29, 2005 Kudos to the Wall Street Journal editorial page today (as usual, no link--I'm reading the dead-tree edition because I don't have access to the subscription-only online version), for casting a spotlight on the widespread--and highly undemocratic--tradition under which senators can place "holds" on presidential nominees, delaying or preventing confirmation votes....