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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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Whose Passport Policy?

April 14, 2005 At the risk of beating a dead horse on this Canada-Mexico passport thing, here's a truly incredible comment from President Bush on his own administration's initiative: "When I first read that in the newspaper, about the need to have passports, particularly today's crossings that take place -- about a million,...

Uniformity.

April 13, 2005 It's the little things that count. That's why the Navy is leaving no bureaucratic stone unturned in its effort to approve new uniforms for sailors. Here's how a Navy press release yesterday described the ongoing process: "As sailors around the fleet continue to assess the new Navy Working and Service...

Pulp Fiction.

April 13, 2005 Has Tom Davis been watching a few too many Quention Tarantino movies lately? At a conference yesterday, he offered up this rather gruesome image: "When the government wants to lose weight, they usually try to cut off some fingers and toes, when they should be cutting off fat." What's wrong...

Get the Knack.

April 12, 2005 The president of the United States has "My Sharona" on his iPod. I'm speechless. Speechless. I have no speech. But I'll have something to talk about if I ever meet the president. Because maybe he once waited in line for several hours to get tickets to see the Knack, too.

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,...

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