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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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Desperate Housewives

May 27, 2005 At the behest of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has ordered a company to stop sending “date lonely wife” spam e-mail. The spam, according to the FTC, "violates nearly every provision of the CAN-SPAM Act. It contains misleading headers and deceptive subject lines. It does not contain a...

In Memoriam

May 27, 2005 As you fire up that barbecue and kick off the start of summer this Memorial Day weekend, ponder these facts, courtesy of the Veterans Affairs Department: More than 42.3 million people have served in the U.S. military during wartime since the Revolutionary War, and 1.2 million of them died in...

Shaq, the King and the Law

May 26, 2005 From the You-Can't-Make-This-Stuff-Up Department: Shaquille O'Neal was recently sworn in as a deputy U.S. marshal and has joined a Justice Department task force that tracks down sexual predators who target children on the Internet. This puts him in very good company. You remember who else got the whole honorary law...

Throwing People at the Problem

May 26, 2005 Here's a message for all those members of Congress who grandstand year after year about increasing the size of the Border Patrol to stem the tide of illegal immigration on the country's southern border: It's not just about adding more bodies. As AP reports, bringing on 2,000 more agents next...

Quaking in Their Boots

May 26, 2005 Hey, L.A. denizens, here's a day-brightener for ya: The U.S. Geological Survey and the Southern California Earthquake Center say that potential earthquakes on the Puente Hills fault underneath the city could result in 3,000 to 18,000 fatalities, 142,000 to 735,000 displaced households, and more than $250 billion in total damages.

Blame the Weatherman

May 25, 2005 Apparently, space weather forecasters aren't any better at predictions than their terrestrial counterparts.

Putting Out Fires

May 25, 2005 Job title of the day: Nina Hatfield, deputy assistant secretary of Interior for business management and wildland fire. I imagine there are days when the two parts of her job seem like exactly the same subject.

Into the Woods

May 24, 2005 GAO report title of the day: "Federal Agencies Are Engaged in Various Efforts to Promote the Utilization of Woody Biomass, but Significant Obstacles to Its Use Remain." Obstacles to woody biomass? That's just not a subject I want to read any more about, at least not while I'm trying to...

Fighting Spirit

May 24, 2005 Marines with the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment have formed a new platoon called "Team America" to help maintain a military presence over the large area of operations they must cover. It's not this Team America, I hope.

Bouncing Bases From the List

May 23, 2005 The independent base-closing commission won't be a "rubber stamp," chairman Anthony Principi tells the NY Times. Maybe not, but changing the Pentagon's list won't be easy. Some installations could be spared the ax, but adding others to replace them on the closure rolls will be difficult: Seven out of the...

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