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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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Apply Now! Or Maybe Later.

April 10, 2005 More on the impending boom in passport applications: In her press conference Wednesday, Bureau of Consular Affairs chief Maura Harty went out of her way to thank members of the media for being there, because they could help get out the word that people should take their time applying for...

Passport Processing Pileup.

April 7, 2005 Here's one of those stories about how policy initiatives translate into real work on the front lines: At a press conference yesterday, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Maura Harty said that with the new border security initiative requiring many people to have passports to travel to Canada and...

It's in the Bag.

April 6, 2005 Never let it be said that the Defense Commissary Agency doesn't want to save the planet. Or money. I just got forwarded a DeCA press release noting that Earth Day is a great day for customers to buy into the agency's push to reduce double bagging at commissaries. Of course,...

A Matter of Trust.

April 6, 2005 Now the president himself has gone to personally inspect that Bureau of the Public Debt filing cabinet that contains the Social Security "trust fund."

Christ Arrested.

April 5, 2005 Matthew Christ, a Foreign Service officer, was arrested Monday on charges of masterminding a plot to sell U.S. visas in Lithuania, AP reports. His alleged payoff? More than $40,000 and--go figure--a vintage BMW motorcycle. Update: The State Department says, "Employees who commit visa malfeasance are a very small percentage of...

This Is Only A Test.

April 5, 2005 Check out the transcript of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff's news conference yesterday on the department's ongoing TOPOFF 3 terrorism response exercise. Some reporters are clearly trying to play along and get him to respond as a participant, but he's so concerned about a War of the Worlds scenario unfolding,...

Take Your Time.

April 4, 2005 I love this on so many levels: the Transportation Department, which oversees the nation's time zones (who knew?) has told the good people of Indiana that it's OK, they can go ahead and join (most) of the rest of the country in observing Daylight Saving Time in June, if the...

Fly Now, Change Culture Later.

April 4, 2005 I'd be a lot more comfortable about the space shuttle's return to flight as early as next month if there was a huge, sweeping consensus that the agency's cuture had dramatically changed. But as the NY Times notes today, that's too much to hope for. In fact, the consensus actually...

Not Rocket Science.

April 1, 2005 If you believe this, then you don't remember what day it is.

O Bureaucrat!

April 1, 2005 Here's an unlikely source of inspiration about civil service reform: Walt Whitman. This spring, a group known as Washington Friends of Walt Whitman announced a citywide festival cele- brating the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of the poet's masterpiece, Leaves of Grass. The D.C. setting is...

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