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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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Factoid of the Day.

March 1, 2005 As GovExec's Shawn Zeller reports, the number of federal employees who lost their jobs due to reductions in force last year (1,276) was less than half the number (2,826) who died while members of the civil service.

Tracking Tax Cheats.

March 1, 2005 Here's one for the you-get-the-government-you-pay-for files, from today's NY Times story on the arrest of a man accused of evading $450 million in taxes: "The government has stepped up investigations but managed to recommend only 1,400 tax prosecutions out of the 130 million tax returns filed annually. For budgetary reasons, ...

Apparent Conflict.

March 1, 2005 You know what phrase bugs me? "The appearance of a conflict of interest." Discussions of ethics rules invariably get around to someone saying, "we want to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest." Or using phrases like "rules or practices designed to prevent conflicts of interest and the ...

Not Half Bad

March 1, 2005 The latest report on high-risk federal programs contains-surprise, surprise-some good news. On Jan. 26, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., took to the House floor for one of those run-of-the-mill speeches that take up much of the typical legislative day. Schiff expressed his condolences to the victims of that morning's train crash ...

Broken Bureaucracy.

February 28, 2005 Don Kettl cut to the chase in his op-ed in Sunday's Post on civil service reform: "The civil service system that drives the bureaucracy is broken. Every careful look at it over the last decade, including two commissions and a series of reports by the Government Accountability Office, has concluded ...

Space Case.

February 27, 2005 The Biloxi, Miss., Sun-Herald reports today on NASA's A-76 competition to set up a shared services center to handle financial, human resources, procurement, information technology and customer relations operations. The twist: Not only do companies and the employee team have to submit their best bid for running such a center, ...

First, Outsource All The Lawyers.

February 26, 2005 Fedlawyerguy says attorneys who work for Uncle Sam shouldn't kid themselves that they won't lose their jobs in A-76 competitions.

Trust Social Security.

February 26, 2005 So there really is a Social Security trust fund? Yup, and it sits a couple of binders in a file cabinet in a Treasury Department office in West Virginia, of all places. In 1994, Congress required that Treasury create a "physical document in form of bond, note or certificate of ...

Overhaul Ethics Rules First, Ask Questions Later.

February 24, 2005 So it turns out that as many as 80 percent of those NIH scientists who allegedly cut shady deals with pharmaceutical companies didn't actually do anything wrong. So not only was this a case of overkill, it involved jumping the gun, too. Score another one for the federal ethics police.

Pandemic Blues.

February 24, 2005 This week's New Yorker features a story on the looming threat of a deadly avian-flu pandemic. (The article isn't available online, but a Q&A with its author, Micahel Specter, is.) If the subject sounds familiar to GovExec readers, that's because Katherine McIntire Peters already went down this gloomy path in ...