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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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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....

Tipping the Scales

April 29, 2005 Here's a little piece of advice if you're in the military and looking to turn a profit on a do-it-yourself move: Don't drive a 10,000-pound forklift onto the scales to boost the total weight of your household goods to 21,000 pounds. It's a bit obvious, and you're just going to...

You've Got Questions? Fire Away.

April 27, 2005 Ever wonder how (or why) we do what we do here at GovExec.com? Want to talk about any of stuff that appears in this somewhat random collection of items we call Fedlog? Now's your chance to make it a two-way conversation. Next Wednesday, May 4, from noon to 1 p.m....

Drop and Give Me Two Million

April 27, 2005 Bad news for all those who thought the Ab Energizer was going to give them six-pack abs without the hassle of situps or crunches: The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement under which the marketers of the Energizer and certain retailers will pay more than $2 million for making...

Letter Litigation

April 26, 2005 Things must be getting a little slow over at the Supreme Court. The justices have decided to take on the issue of whether the Postal Service can be held responsible for the injuries a woman received when she slipped on a pile of mail that had been dropped in front...

Happy Hubble Anniversary

April 26, 2005 Happy 15th birthday, Hubble Space Telescope!

Doobie-ous Distinction

April 25, 2005 NASA today announced the members of its new Exploration Systems Advisory Committee. They include Dr. Kenneth M. Baldwin, a professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of California-Irvine; Dr. Amy Kronenberg, program leader for radiation biology at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and retired Air Force...