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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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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 ...

Case Closed.

January 13, 2005 Uh-oh. The Los Angeles Times reports that the FBI's long-waited Virtual Case File system, aimed at allowing agents to more readily share information, might have to be scrapped. The system was originally scheduled to be completed at the end of 2003, but contractor Science Applications International Corp. didn't deliver a ...

Micromanaging Appointments.

January 13, 2005 Suppose you ran an immense bureaucracy (let's call it the "Defense Department") and you needed a new top procurement official. And suppose you've already got someone with several years experience as the top acquisition official at one of your biggest sub-units (let's call it the "Navy"). What's more, this person ...

Mike the Manager.

January 11, 2005 Is it Pollyannish of me to hold out a sliver of hope that President Bush's characterization of Homeland Security nominee Michael Chertoff as a "talented and experienced public servant" and a "practical organizer, skilled manager and brilliant thinker" shows some recognition that the department's central challenges right now (and for ...

Thanking the Little People.

January 11, 2005 I'm working on a column that looks at the resignation letters of people who have recently left the Bush administration. Not to give too much away, but I'm struck by how many of the letters praise career employees. So my question to you out there in the federal workforce is ...

Bush names new Homeland Security chief

January 11, 2005 President Bush announced Tuesday that he would nominate Michael Chertoff, a federal judge and former head of the Justice Department's criminal division, to be the new Homeland Security Secretary. Chertoff currently sits on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. From 2001 to 2003, he was assistant attorney general in charge ...