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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 Art of Quitting

February 1, 2005 Political appointees' resignation letters hold hidden lessons. President Bush's second term is in full swing, but many key members of his first-term team are heading for the exits. In some cases, the high-level departures were voluntary, in others perhaps a little less so. Either way, the resignation letters sent by...

Hold on a Minute.

January 31, 2005 It didn't take long for the whole "governmentwide civil service reform now!" movement to start running out of steam. Having put the issue on the agenda with its front-page treatment last week of the news about DHS' new system and the possibility that it will be used as a blueprint...

Computer Collapse.

January 31, 2005 The recent news about the collapse of the FBI's Virtual Case File project has once again thrown the spotlight on federal agencies' abysmal record with respect to large-scale information technology efforts. I think this situation is about to attract the attention of members of Congress in a big way. As...

Homeland in the Headlines.

January 27, 2005 Is anyone else shocked that the Post gave the story of Homeland Security's new personnel system the front-page banner headline treatment? Goodness gracious, they're acting as though this is a huge development that could affect the lives of thousands of their readers. Oh wait, it is.

RIP, Rusty.

January 27, 2005 Warren "Rusty" Asher of the Office of Personnel Management's communications office was found dead last week in his Washington apartment. I didn't know Rusty personally, only having talked to him on the phone a couple of times. But what I heard from our reporters on a regular basis was that...

Quiet, Please.

January 26, 2005 I've got C-SPAN on in my office, and they're showing a debate on the House floor. I am once again astonished by how much time the leaders of the House spend merely trying to get members to be quiet so debate can begin. For the past several minutes, all C-SPAN...

Benefits and the Budget.

January 25, 2005 Today's Wall Street Journal features a front-page takeout on how rising costs of health care coverage and other benefits for military retirees is exerting tremendous pressure on the Defense budget. Not to toot our own horn or anything, but GovExec's Katherine Peters warned in a piece more than three years...

Border Agent Backdown.

January 25, 2005 It's always nice to see lame-duck Cabinet secretaries loosen up a little bit and start telling it like it is. Tom Ridge acknowledged in a USA Today interview Monday that while the intelligence overhaul bill President Bush signed late last year called for adding new Border Patrol agents at the...

You're Fired, Bro.

January 24, 2005 Would you take a Cabinet job if it meant your brother had to get fired to clear the way for you? According to Steve Barr's column in the Post today, VA Secretary-designate Jim Nicholson would.

Terror Talk.

January 21, 2005 I just started reading Graham Allison's book, Nuclear Terrorism, and came across this chilling statement from Suleiman Abu Gheith, Osama bin Laden's spokesman, issued nine months after 9/11: What happened to America is something natural, an expected event for a country that uses terror, arrogant policy and suppression against the...

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