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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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TSA Spending Spree

June 30, 2005 It's tempting to sit slack-jawed in amazement at the Post's report this morning on out-of-control spending at TSA during the mad rush to staff up the agency. But really, nobody should be that surprised. This is what you get, when as a nation, you demand the instant creation of a...

Fear of Bureaucracy

June 29, 2005 If you haven't read Jim Barnes' introduction to the new National Journal Decision Makers special issue (reprinted on GovExec.com today as our Management Matters column), do yourself a favor and check it out. It's a great analysis of President Bush's second-term approach to running the executive branch. The first few...

July 4th Blowout

June 29, 2005 Least surprising news of the day: The Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that almost 70 percent of fireworks-related injuries occur around the Fourth of July. Best factoid in the report: Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees--hot enough to melt some metals.

Tiger Attack Mystery

June 28, 2005 Who was responsible for the anthrax attacks in 2001? What happened to Saddam's weapons of mass destruction? These unsolved mysteries have officially been joined by another: Why did Siegfried and Roy's white tiger, Montecore, attack Roy on stage in October 2003? AP has uncovered an Agriculture Department report showing that...

To the Moon, Managers!

June 28, 2005 Looks like Michael Griffin's Great NASA Purge is going over about as well as you'd expect in the agency's ranks. Washington Times reports today on how the folks at NASA Watch are saying that the old "climate of fear" is returning as a result of Griffin's moves. "It sends a...

Friendly Face

June 27, 2005 As promised, I have indeed returned, from 10 days in lovely Ireland. I believe I'm the first tourist to have sucessfully managed to get a sunburn while visiting the country. In a lame effort to remain on-topic, I'll offer up a couple of observations: The U.S. government takes a beating...

Gimme a Break

June 15, 2005 Fedblog is going on vacation. I'll be back on June 27, rested and ready to go.

The Witness from Outer Space

June 15, 2005 Another landmark in the desperate quest to keep Americans interested in supporting NASA's human space flight efforts: A House committee actually heard testimony from Astronaut John Phillips yesterday--live from the International Space Station.

Deep Throat vs. Deep Throat

June 15, 2005 Another irresistible Deep Throat twist: Mark Felt "was, at heated moments during the scandal, in charge of finding the source of Woodward and Bernstein's Watergate scoops," David Corn and Jeff Goldberg write in The Nation. "In a twist worthy of le Carré, Deep Throat was assigned the mission of unearthing--and...

It's a Boy's, Boy's, Boy's World

June 15, 2005 Boys rule! For the 63rd year in a row, more boys than girls were born in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.