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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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The Chopping Block.

February 8, 2005 Have you seen the list of 150 programs the Bush administration wants to eliminate in its fiscal 2006 budget? Me neither, and there's a good reason: OMB's not releasing it. For now, the administration's position is that such information is "interlineated throughout the budget," as OMB Director Joshua Bolten so ...

Reform Goes Prime Time.

February 8, 2005 Here's evidence that civil service reform at the Homeland Security Department (and across the government, if President Bush has his way) has actually seeped into the popular culture.

Get Your Free Money!

February 6, 2005 I've always loved Matthew Lesko--you know, the nutball in the question mark suits who runs all over D.C. in cable-TV commercials hawking his books--like Free Money to Pay Your Bills!--that purport to show how to uncover piles of federal dough. (I remember seeing Lesko strolling downtown a couple of years ...

Getting it Wrong.

February 4, 2005 After reading the Post's "explanation" yesterday of President Bush's Social Security proposal, I swear I thought that one reason I couldn't really understand it was that they'd simply gotten it wrong. Turns out that was right.

Postal Fashion Victims.

February 4, 2005 I'm not a fan of Bravo's fashion design reality show, Project Runway, but luckily Tanya B., the Queen of all Managing Editors, is. So she alerted me to this week's episode, in which the plucky contestants had to try their hand at redesigning Postal Service uniforms. The results were a ...

Get Out of Town.

February 3, 2005 Sorry about the lack of posts this week. Sometimes the regular job they pay me to do happens to take up all of my time. Anyway, here's a link to a provocative op-ed by former Des Moines Register editor Jim Gannon in USA Today, making the case for moving substantial ...

Bush issues call to slash spending, create TSP-like retirement system

February 2, 2005 Calling the state of the union "confident and strong," President Bush issued a call Wednesday evening for steep cuts in domestic spending and for the creation of a system of private retirement accounts similar to the federal Thrift Savings Plan within the Social Security program. "America's prosperity requires restraining the ...

The Art of Quitting

February 1, 2005 Political appointees' resignation letters hold hidden lessons. President Bush's second term is in full swing, but many key members of his first-term team are heading for the exits. In some cases, the high-level departures were voluntary, in others perhaps a little less so. Either way, the resignation letters sent by ...

Hold on a Minute.

January 31, 2005 It didn't take long for the whole "governmentwide civil service reform now!" movement to start running out of steam. Having put the issue on the agenda with its front-page treatment last week of the news about DHS' new system and the possibility that it will be used as a blueprint ...

Computer Collapse.

January 31, 2005 The recent news about the collapse of the FBI's Virtual Case File project has once again thrown the spotlight on federal agencies' abysmal record with respect to large-scale information technology efforts. I think this situation is about to attract the attention of members of Congress in a big way. As ...