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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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Ditched By Mitch.

January 14, 2005 Mitch Daniels, President Bush's first OMB chief, was never too popular with federal labor unions, what with his commitment to putting federal jobs up for private-sector competition and all. Now he's making an even bigger impression on his new employees in Indiana state government. National Journal reports this week that ...

Blast That Comet!

January 13, 2005 NASA and its political defenders spend much of their time trying to justify highly risky human space efforts on the grounds that exploration for exploration's sake is somehow hard-wired into our DNA. But the coolest stuff the agency is doing involves simply trying to find creative ways to answer nagging ...

Case Closed.

January 13, 2005 Uh-oh. The Los Angeles Times reports that the FBI's long-waited Virtual Case File system, aimed at allowing agents to more readily share information, might have to be scrapped. The system was originally scheduled to be completed at the end of 2003, but contractor Science Applications International Corp. didn't deliver a ...

Micromanaging Appointments.

January 13, 2005 Suppose you ran an immense bureaucracy (let's call it the "Defense Department") and you needed a new top procurement official. And suppose you've already got someone with several years experience as the top acquisition official at one of your biggest sub-units (let's call it the "Navy"). What's more, this person ...

Mike the Manager.

January 11, 2005 Is it Pollyannish of me to hold out a sliver of hope that President Bush's characterization of Homeland Security nominee Michael Chertoff as a "talented and experienced public servant" and a "practical organizer, skilled manager and brilliant thinker" shows some recognition that the department's central challenges right now (and for ...

Thanking the Little People.

January 11, 2005 I'm working on a column that looks at the resignation letters of people who have recently left the Bush administration. Not to give too much away, but I'm struck by how many of the letters praise career employees. So my question to you out there in the federal workforce is ...

Bush names new Homeland Security chief

January 11, 2005 President Bush announced Tuesday that he would nominate Michael Chertoff, a federal judge and former head of the Justice Department's criminal division, to be the new Homeland Security Secretary. Chertoff currently sits on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. From 2001 to 2003, he was assistant attorney general in charge ...

Just Another Unsung Hero.

January 10, 2005 Here's a story for those who were disgusted by--or at least were nodding their heads in agreement at--this morning's previous item. We received the following letter (which has been slightly edited) at GovExec world headquarters this weekend. Call it schmaltzy if you want. But I'm publishing it just because we ...

Conflict is the Story.

January 10, 2005 In an interview with the Post about his new memoir (scroll down to the middle of the page to find it), former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer hits the nail on the head. "My conclusion is that the press is biased -- biased in favor of conflict," Fleischer says. ...

Down the Tubes.

January 7, 2005 Since we can't seem to get off the subject of TV, let's just note that it hasn't been much of a week for federal agencies' efforts to promote themselves on the tube. First there was the news that GAO has determined that the White House violated anti-propaganda regulations by distributing ...