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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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Cop Out.

January 3, 2005 I have a theory that the portrayal of federal bureaucrats on TV and in the movies has improved dramatically in recent years, for various reasons. But there's one big exception. On any TV show involving a local law enforcement agency (which includes most cop shows), the feds are invariably portrayed ...

Maybe It Was Dr.

January 3, 2005 Maybe It Was Dr. Evil. Good news/bad news on the laser beams aimed at pilots story. Good: The spate of recent incidents is not the work of terrorists, the FBI has concluded. Bad: You can apparently bring down an aircraft from the deck of your house with a laser pointer. ...

Happy New Year!

January 3, 2005 Fedlog is back, after a longer absence than expected. I was hoping to do occasional updates last week, but you know how the time slips away with holiday revelry and all. But I'm back on the job, so new tidbits are on the way.

Tax Scheme

January 1, 2005 We're outsourcing some tax collection as if there were no alternative. In late November, as the elephantine fiscal 2005 omnibus appropriations measure remained temporarily stuck in the grand sausage factory on Capitol Hill, National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley noted a "great irony" in the proceedings. The bill had ...

There's a Scam Artist Born Every Minute.

December 23, 2004 Yeesh. The Nigerian scam apparently wasn't enough for the con artists who troll the Internet and roam the nation's phone systems. Now they're telling people they're from the "Government Grant Association" or the "Federal Government Grant Information Center," and if you only fork over $250, you'll get an $8,000 grant ...

Pat-Downs Toned Down.

December 23, 2004 TSA has apparently decided that molesting female passengers isn't such a great idea. The agency's not giving in to critics who say it should quit conducting assume-the-position pat-down searches of some travelers, but TSA officials have issued a new edict: No touching between the breasts.

With Friends Like These...

December 22, 2004 Latest sign of trouble for Donald Rumsfeld: Newt Gingrich has come to his defense.

Contractor Bailout.

December 22, 2004 I get the sneaking feeling this is a leading indicator: The LA Times reports that Contrack International Inc. has become the first holder of a major Iraq reconstruction contract to bail out of the country, citing out-of-control security costs. The Pentagon was quick to treat the company like a bad ...

Interrogation Impersonation.

December 21, 2004 Here's an angle to watch in today's stories about the ACLU release of FBI e-mails describing interrogation techniques used on detainees at Guantanamo Bay: Military personnel apparently posed as FBI agents (who were evidently the "good cops" in the scenario) in an effort to wring more information out of prisoners. ...

The Rummy Response.

December 21, 2004 The twofold White House response to the "dump Rumsfeld" boomlet is starting to emerge. Part one (from the president himself): Rummy's really not such a bad guy. Part two (from the Defense secretary himself): This isn't about Iraq, it's about my efforts to transform the military.