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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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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...

Pain and Suffering.

March 31, 2005 The Humane Society is not pleased that the Pentagon is conducting tests of a "pulsed energy projectiles"--which are "designed to inflict non-lethal but excruciating pain and suffering on the individuals they target from as far as 2 kilometers away"--on animals.

Stinky Study.

March 30, 2005 Never let it be said that the Agricultural Research Service isn't focusing on issues of importance to Americans. Olfactory importance, that is. "Unmistakable cattle manure odors have become a bigger issue during the last several years as more and more people move from cities and suburbs to rural areas," the...

Collect Call.

March 30, 2005 The IRS announced yesterday that the "tax gap"--that is, the difference between what people owe in taxes and what they actually pay--topped $300 billion in 2001. Enforcement activities resulted in recovering only $55 billion of that amount. Anybody still think the IRS shouldn't get more money and staff for enforcement?

Help Really Wanted.

March 29, 2005 The Wall Street Journal's piece today on the planned air traffic controller hiring surge has the following interesting pair of statistics. Number of controllers the FAA wants to hire over the next decade: 12,500. Number hired last year: 13.

I Tax Dead People.

March 29, 2005 Good news for Toni Lausch of Cumru Township, Pa.: the Social Security Administration has confirmed that she is indeed alive. The agency had inadvertently attached a "death coding" to Lausch's SSA records, despite the fact that she's alive and well. This attracted the notice of the IRS when Lausch tried...

Pentagon lowers estimate of excess base capacity

March 29, 2005 Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday that the Pentagon's long-standing estimate that up to 25 percent of the nation's military base infrastructure consists of excess capacity is too high. Rumsfeld said at a news conference that while the Clinton administration had estimated excess base capacity at 20 to 25 percent,...

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