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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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Micromanaging Appointments.

January 13, 2005 Suppose you ran an immense bureaucracy (let's call it the "Defense Department") and you needed a new top procurement official. And suppose you've already got someone with several years experience as the top acquisition official at one of your biggest sub-units (let's call it the "Navy"). What's more, this person...

Mike the Manager.

January 11, 2005 Is it Pollyannish of me to hold out a sliver of hope that President Bush's characterization of Homeland Security nominee Michael Chertoff as a "talented and experienced public servant" and a "practical organizer, skilled manager and brilliant thinker" shows some recognition that the department's central challenges right now (and for...

Thanking the Little People.

January 11, 2005 I'm working on a column that looks at the resignation letters of people who have recently left the Bush administration. Not to give too much away, but I'm struck by how many of the letters praise career employees. So my question to you out there in the federal workforce is...

Bush names new Homeland Security chief

January 11, 2005 President Bush announced Tuesday that he would nominate Michael Chertoff, a federal judge and former head of the Justice Department's criminal division, to be the new Homeland Security Secretary. Chertoff currently sits on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. From 2001 to 2003, he was assistant attorney general in charge...

Just Another Unsung Hero.

January 10, 2005 Here's a story for those who were disgusted by--or at least were nodding their heads in agreement at--this morning's previous item. We received the following letter (which has been slightly edited) at GovExec world headquarters this weekend. Call it schmaltzy if you want. But I'm publishing it just because we...

Conflict is the Story.

January 10, 2005 In an interview with the Post about his new memoir (scroll down to the middle of the page to find it), former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer hits the nail on the head. "My conclusion is that the press is biased -- biased in favor of conflict," Fleischer says....

Down the Tubes.

January 7, 2005 Since we can't seem to get off the subject of TV, let's just note that it hasn't been much of a week for federal agencies' efforts to promote themselves on the tube. First there was the news that GAO has determined that the White House violated anti-propaganda regulations by distributing...

No Homeland CEO.

January 6, 2005 Thank you, Fred Kaplan of Slate, for pointing out that what the Homeland Security Department needs right now is not a tough cop like Bernie Kerik (even if he wasn't ethically challenged), but a skilled CEO to manage the ongoing merger of the 22 agencies that were mashed together to...

I'd Like to Thank the Academy...

January 5, 2005 If you think those NOAA folks who seem to be on TV 24 hours a day during weather emergencies deserve some sort of award, you're not alone. Max Mayfield, director of NOAA's National Hurricane Center, won an Emmy in December for his "devotion to television audiences." (Thanks to GovExec's Beth...

Not Exactly Dr. Evil.

January 5, 2005 So the laser man of New Jersey turns out not to be a terrorist, just one of the bigger cowards in recent memory. Blaming your 7-year-old daughter when the cops show up to question you about your shenanigans? Weak.

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