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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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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?

Bureaucrat Battler.

November 22, 2004 Sort of an odd story in the Washington Post today about President Bush's efforts to rein in the bureaucracy. It makes a tortured attempt to connect Cabinet shifts with the administration's on-again, off-again efforts at civil service reform (and with efforts to overhaul the regulatory process).

Lack of Intelligence.

November 22, 2004 If you need an example of why public trust in government continues to erode, look no further than this weekend's (lack of) action on the intelligence overhaul bill. Now there's lots of room for debate about the merits of the bill, as I've noted before. But at the end of ...

Party On.

November 19, 2004 Guess we have our answer on the relative level of lavishness of the inauguration. President Bush has named three of his top fundraisers to drum up big bucks for the festivities. Taxpayers will kick in $2.8 million, too.