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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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The Bush Deal

December 1, 2004 All together now: Welcome back, big government! Times are indeed strange when you can make the case that the defeat of a liberal Massachusetts Democrat by a conservative Texas Republican in a presidential election will result in a continuing rise in the size, scope and power of the federal government. ...

Borrow and Cut.

November 29, 2004 It's becoming clearer just how the Bush administration and Republicans on Capitol Hill intend to pay the hundreds of billions (maybe even trillions) of dollars it would cost to partially privatize the Social Security system. (Such a move entails short-term costs, because some of the money that currently goes into ...

Go West, Young Blogger.

November 26, 2004 Your loyal FedLogger is headed West, to a workshop on Web publishing at Stanford next week. I'll impart some bits of wisdom from the West Coast if I can. If not, see you when I get back.

Hide in Plain Sight.

November 26, 2004 Fascinating piece in the Post today about a super-secret Navy project right in the heart of the National Mall, near the Jefferson Memorial. They call it a "utility assessment and upgrade," but it's pretty clear there's something more going on. Best part is the I-could-tell-you-but-then-I'd-have-to-kill-you comments from, of all people, ...

Taxing Question.

November 24, 2004 National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley's got a point about all the hubbub over the embarassing provision in the omnibus spending bill that would have allowed appropriations committees to poke through individual tax returns. Is that really worse, Kelley wonders, than "handing over the tax returns of 2.6 million ...

Wild Pork.

November 24, 2004 If it's Thanksgiving, it must be time for John McCain's annual rant about pork-barrel spending. (He used to crank up his attack long before the holidays, but that was back in the days when Congress, quaintly, actually passed spending bills before the fiscal year started.) Am I the only who's ...

When the Money Ran Out.

November 23, 2004 So did anybody get up in the middle of the night Saturday to go spend some federal money and violate the Anti-Deficiency Act, just for the heck of it? Technically, there was a gap between when a continuing resolution providing temporary fiscal 2005 funding for agencies expired at midnight Saturday ...

Tortured Analogy.

November 23, 2004 Guy Womack, lawyer for Cpl. Charles Graner, accused of abusing detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, tells the Wall Street Journal that it was "no big deal" for Graner and other soldiers to force prisoners to wedge themselves together into a human pyramid. "Cheerleaders all across America form pyramids every ...

Loyal to a Fault.

November 23, 2004 The "Bush-is-trying-to-rein-in-the-bureaucracy" story line continues to develop, with Reuters weighing in with its take. Aren't we getting a little ahead of ourselves here? Sure, there have been a few well-publicized anecdotes about hard-to-control bureaucrats at the CIA and the FDA over the past week. And certainly, the president seems to ...

Who's Protecting Who?

November 22, 2004 Looking at that video of President Bush going to the rescue of his Secret Service agent down in Chile, didn't you think for just a second there that he was about to go all Ron Artest on the Chilean security forces?