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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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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 ...

Feds Crack Down on Refrigerator Magnets!

February 23, 2005 On Web scams that trick folks into thinking they can get rich assembling them at home, that is.

Weather Warning.

February 22, 2005 This year's winner in the "Washington Monument syndrome" sweepstakes is the National Weather Service. (For those unfamiliar with the syndrome, its symptoms involve issuing dire warnings--such as, "We'll have to close the Washington Monument"--to ward off cuts or less-than-desired increases in an agency's budget.) Just as Congress prepares to take ...

Mailbag Entry of the Week.

February 22, 2005 In response to Brian Friel's excellent Management Matters column on sloganeering in the workplace, an Army contractor, tells of quickly deleting a higher-up's e-mail detailing a new employee suggestion program, an action which landed him in the doghouse with a civilian manager. "The exchange," the contract employee writes, "ended surrealistically ...

Happy Birthday, G.W.!

February 20, 2005 "Let's face it, 'First in war, first in peace, and seventh in the hearts of his countrymen,' doesn't sound very impressive."--Ted Widmer, a professor of history at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., on George Washington finishing seventh in a recent poll on the greatest presidents.

Intelligent Appointments.

February 18, 2005 Like many others, I have my share of reservations about whether last year's intelligence reform will lead to an effective overhaul of the intelligence bureaucracy. Because of the ambiguous nature of the new structure set up by the law, a lot depends on who holds the top slots. And in ...

Report: TSP needs to assess customer service

February 18, 2005 The managers of the federal Thrift Savings Plan have stepped up their customer service efforts in recent years, but lack a system to measure whether the new approaches are meeting the needs of participants, according to a new report. The TSP, which consists of tax-deferred savings accounts for federal employees-similar ...

Drugs and Ethics.

February 17, 2005 Very interesting piece on Slate today about NIH's spanking-new ethics rules. In the article, Richard A. Epstein, a University of Chicago law professor (and, it should be noted in this context, consultant for Pfizer and PhRMA, the drug industry trade association), makes the case that the new rules, which were ...