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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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Whistleblower's Vindication.

March 22, 2005 The is-he-or-isn't-he case of would-be whistleblower and former Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Andy Eller (See March 8 item below) gets a little clearer today, with the news that FWS admits it messed up its reports on on the habitat needs of the Florida panther.

The $367 Million Scavenger Hunt.

March 21, 2005 What does it cost to bring the work at Los Alamos National Laboratory to a standstill for a month, and order all employees to spend their working hours trying to hunt down a few missing computer disks? Between $120 million and $367 million, depending on whether you believe the high-end ...

Marked Man.

March 18, 2005 Because it was the House Government Reform Committee that decided to anoint itself the investigator of steroids in baseball, I'm exercising my option to deconstruct the testimony of Mark McGwire yesterday. First, imagine the scene: He's sitting just a few chairs down from Jose Canseco, the guy who has fingered ...

Wrestlemania.

March 17, 2005 If you were starting a military program to develop a spacecraft to grab enemy satellites and bounce them out of orbit, you'd want to find a way to to call it "Sumo," wouldn't you? Apparently, so would the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Tech notes. It is seeking $35 ...

What's in a Name?

March 17, 2005 I'm not taking a position on the possible ICE-CBP merger. I've seen the fights in the Mailbag between the ICE and CBP folks, and I want no part of them. But I will say this: Members of Congress, if you decide to take action, please address the truly important issue ...

From the Sublime...

March 17, 2005 Yesterday, Tom Davis was on his high horse about reorganizing GSA's Federal Supply Service and Federal Technology Service. Today, it's steroids in baseball. Funny government, isn't it?

True Stories of the Bureaucracy.

March 16, 2005 After I wrote about good ol' Matt Lesko (you know, Mr. Free Money From The Government) on Feb. 6, he sent me an e-mail saying how much he loved bureaucrats. Now he's showing his devotion by running a contest on his own blog seeking "amazing stories of people in government ...

All Work and No Pay.

March 16, 2005 The Interior Department has one solution for that pesky problem of coming up with enough money in the budget to meet payroll costs: more volunteers.

Naming Names.

March 15, 2005 Thanks for keeping those job-appropriate names rolling in. Some of the latest: Lt. Cmdr. Peter Seaman, Coast Guard. Norm Covert, former public affairs officer, Ft. Detrick, Md. Edgar Swindell, HHS's designated agency ethics official. Sgt. Scott Fear, public information officer, U.S. Park Police. James Kennedy, director of NASA's Kennedy Space ...

Nice Try, But...

March 15, 2005 Here are three dopey things you can't say to try to get out of paying your taxes, according to the IRS: "The income tax is unconstitutional." "I'm withholding my taxes to protest government programs I don't like." "I want my Social Security taxes back, and I promise not to take ...