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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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AP reports today that

January 20, 2005 AP reports today that "the president was in a cosmic frame of mind on the eve of his inaguration as he anticipated placing his hand on the Bible and promising once more to faithfully defend the Constitution." GovExec's David McGlinchey says he has no idea what this means. I don't ...

The much-ballyhooed "lockdown" of

January 20, 2005 The much-ballyhooed "lockdown" of Washington has had the hoped-for effect among those of us who commute into the city, but work outside the massive security zone: this morning, there was virtually no traffic at all heading downtown.

One of the nice

January 20, 2005 One of the nice things about being in Washington during one of these events is that you get drawn in even when you're actively seeking to avoid the whole thing on the grounds that it's just a big annoying hassle. Last night, several of us were treated to an indoor ...

Firing Line.

January 19, 2005 Newsweek's cover story this week makes the case that, contrary to popular perception, President Bush is both a policy wonk and a hands-on manager. The president, according to the piece, decided last fall to fire "basically everybody" in his Cabinet, on the grounds that they were all burned out and ...

Hatch's Act.

January 19, 2005 Richard Hatch may have been able to fool his fellow contestants on the inaugural edition of TV's Survivor into making him the show's first $1 million winner. But he can't fool the IRS. They've reminded him that cashing his million-dollar check and not paying taxes is not kosher.

Driven to Distraction.

January 18, 2005 One of my favorite things about following the federal bureaucracy is seeing an agency official pop up in the middle of a news story to puncture a bit of conventional wisdom that has found its way into public policy. Case in point: in a piece in today's NY Times about ...

How About "The Impaler"?

January 14, 2005 OK, I'll buy an AP story that says Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., has finally convinced President Bush to stop calling him "Nellie." But I simply don't believe that the president of the United States calls the president of Russia "Pootie-Poot."

Famous Ignoramus.

January 14, 2005 The January/February issue of The Atlantic reprints part of a 1959 speech by lengendary columnist Walter Lippman in which he imagines a critic ripping his efforts: "Is it not absurd," I heard the critic saying, "that anyone should think he knows enough to write so much about so many things? ...

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 ...