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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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New procurement data system to debut at end of month

December 16, 2004 General Services Administration officials said Wednesday that a revamped system for providing access to information on federal prime contracts will be available to the public by the end of the year, as scheduled. The system, known as Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation, is being developed by Global Computer Enterprises of ...

Sort of Screened.

December 15, 2004 Nice to know that if you try to sneak a bomb onto a plane in your luggage at Newark International Airport, a screening machine will probably catch it. Not so nice to know that the bag might make it onto the plane anyway.

Appoint Now, Ask Questions Later.

December 15, 2004 The NY Times gets to the heart of the Kerik fiasco today, reporting that the reason FBI agents didn't uncover any of his questionable activities was because they hadn't even started their background investigation when President Bush announced his appointment to the Homeland Security post. Why not? Because the Bush ...

Senior Soldier.

December 15, 2004 Thanks to GovExec alumnus Jason Peckenpaugh for this tidbit: The Marion (Ohio) Star reports that the Army has called up a 70-year-old doctor (and long-since-retired colonel) for service in Afghanistan.

Electoral College Flunkout.

December 14, 2004 It was one thing when Florida ballots proved to be too complicated for some people, but now members of the Electoral College apparently can't figure out exactly what they're doing. The Star Tribune reports that one of Minnesota's 10 electors wrote in "John Ewards" on his or her presidential ballot ...

Bernie, We Hardly Knew Ye.

December 14, 2004 The Kerik Affair shows no signs of letting up, despite his hasty withdrawal from the nomination process. Now Newsday reports that he had a third wife he never told anybody about--and that his first two marriages may have overlapped! The ol' vetting process is just not what it used to ...

Blast Off.

December 13, 2004 Wow, some folks aren't letting the door hit Sean O'Keefe on the way out of NASA before ripping him. Check out the following comments and characterizations just from one AP story: "abandoning a sinking ship;" "bean counter;" "co-opted by the system." C'mon, people, at least give the guy a chance ...

'Roid Rage.

December 13, 2004 I know, I'm guilty of reading too much into headlines. But this one struck me as funny: "McCain's Steroids Push Puts Him in '08 Mix." I think John McCain can take all the performance-enhancing drugs he wants, and it's not going to help him in the next presidential race.

Nanny State.

December 13, 2004 I think Slate's Mickey Kaus (one of my blogging heroes) is on to something when he writes that the "nanny problems" that Homeland Security nominee Bernard Kerik offered up as a reason for his withdrawal may be the new equivalent of resigning to "spend more time with my family"--a way ...

Armor All.

December 10, 2004 The story of the Soldier Who Stood Up to Rumsfeld is certainly getting more interesting. First the Post reports that a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press put the soldier up to asking the question about scrounging for armor in Iraq. And USA Today uncovers two companies who say ...