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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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No Coffee For You!

October 27, 2004 When I opened my e-mail today, I was greeted with another one of those too-bad-to-be-true stories of outrage, this one (allegedly forwarded from Marine Sgt. Howard C. Wright), charging that Starbucks had told a group of Marines in Iraq that it wouldn't send them free coffee because the company didn't ...

Hunted by Howard.

October 27, 2004 As if dealing with Janet Jackson and Bubba the Love Sponge weren't enough, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell had to endure a grilling from Howard Stern Tuesday, CNN reports. The infamous shock jock called in to a morning show on San Francisco's KGO radio on which Powell was appearing. ...

No Respect.

October 27, 2004 So I'm flipping channels between innings of the World Series game last night and happened to catch a great little scene on "NCIS," the CBS series about the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. This is the show formerly known by the most redundant title on television, "Navy NCIS," and starring perennial ...

Off His Crocker.

October 26, 2004 The Jackson (Tenn.) Sun reports that federal authorities have charged Demetrius "Van" Crocker of McKenzie, Tenn., with attempting to obtain Sarin nerve gas and C-4 explosives for the purposes of launching attacks on federal buildings. "It would be a good thing if somebody could detonate some sort of weapon of ...

Setting the Supercomputing Standard.

October 26, 2004 Want some good news? NASA and its partners, Silicon Graphics and Intel, have pretty much obliterated exisiting supercomputing standards, both for power and speed of construction. The Columbia supercomputer at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., built in just 15 weeks, has achieved sustained performance of 42.7 trillion ...

Jargon Watch.

October 26, 2004 OPM set the bar pretty high yesterday on sheer volume of jargon in a single press release. In the space of less than 150 words, the release manages to pack in the following terms: "task force," "business and architecture plan," "information technology solutions," "strategic management" (twice), "human capital," "cost-effective," "interoperable," ...

Off Message?

October 26, 2004 Fresh off the campaign trail for President Bush, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney let fly with some pointed criticism Monday of the federal government's homeland security efforts, Reuters reports. During an appearance at a security conference in Boston, Romney lamented the uncoordinated communication efforts of agencies in the homeland security bureaucracy. ...

Heed the Civilians.

October 25, 2004 The Wall Street Journal uncovers a draft directive from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's office instructing Pentagon officials to involve the State Department and other civilian agencies in future planning for postwar operations. (The text of the draft is here, if you're a WSJ subscriber.) Good move, but arguably a little ...

Greenhouse Effect.

October 25, 2004 First Time magazine on Sunday, then The New York Times today, push a story that could raise new questions about Halliburton. Before the start of the Iraq war, Bunnatine Greenhouse, the top civilian contracting official at the Army Corps of Engineers, expressed concerns that Halliburton officials were allowed to sit ...

Reporting for Duty.

October 25, 2004 The Associated Press reports that the Bush administration has deployed a "platoon of federal employees" to "trumpet" the president's accomplishments in the closing days of the campaign. Well, not exactly a platoon--it's mostly the same cadre of Cabinet officers that often hits the road to campaign for the boss at ...