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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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Royal Pain

June 7, 2005 A war on street drugs is one thing, but a federal crackdown on prescription painkillers like OxyContin is quite another, the libertarian Cato Institute argues in a new report. The study says the media has blown the OxyContin story out of proportion, and the resulting crackdown by the Drug Enforcement...

Social Security Reform, You're No TSP

June 7, 2005 The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare says President Bush is wrong to compare his Social Security reform proposal to the federal Thrift Savings Plan. The TSP, the group notes, was designed to complement Social Security, not replace it. But you know that, because you read it in...

Paying the Patent Piper

June 6, 2005 Washington Monthly, which, unlike most other Washington-based magazines, has a history of actually paying attention to what happens in the bureaucracy, rakes the Patent and Trademark Office over the coals in its latest issue. The piece, by Zachary Roth, highlights another example of the perils of fee-based government. "The 1991...

Deeper Motives

June 2, 2005 For those who aren't Deep-Throated out yet (and I, for one, am nowhere close to being tired of this story), Slate's Jack Schafer does a terrific job of laying out Mark Felt's real motivations for turning into the world's most famous whistleblower. It ain't pretty, and it's nobody's fairy tale...

Delayed Data

June 2, 2005 Looks like the Defense Department is trying to buy some time to put the best face possible on declining recruitment numbers. Check out this report from American Forces Press Service, the Pentagon's in-house news organ. It notes that monthly recruiting data, which had been made available to the public on...

Stop That Asteroid!

June 2, 2005 I think I speak for all of us when I say I'd like to see the federal government protect the Earth from a very large asteroid strike. Luckily, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., is on the case. In fact, he wants an entire new federal asteroid-response agency, according to a Wired...

Going Deeper

June 1, 2005 I can't resist saying more about Deep Throat's surfacing. First off, here's a link to a fantastic 1992 piece by James Mann, a former colleague of Bob Woodward's at the Post, in Government Executive's sister publication, The Atlantic. Thirteen years ahead of Vanity Fair, Mann all but outs Deep Throat...

Spend and Spend Alike

June 1, 2005 In government, when you spend money on one thing, you have even more to spend on something else! California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, like many of his constituents, doesn't think the federal government is doing a good enough job of securing U.S. borders. In an appearance on Fox News Sunday in...

Deep Threat

May 31, 2005 With all the hubbub today about the Vanity Fair article in which former high-ranking FBI official W. Mark Felt claims he was Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's Deep Throat source during the Watergate era, it's worth looking back at why Felt denied being the mysterious figure for so long. One...

Sen. Blutarski

May 27, 2005 The Pentagon has released its base-closing list, the BRAC Commission has begun its debates, and the House is voting down another effort every day to slow or kill the base-closing process. It's time to start accepting reality, right? Not if you're Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who unseated former Senate Minority...

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