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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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Battle of the Bulge.

October 29, 2004 Oh, I really didn't want to go here. But because it seems we just can't avoid "what were you thinking?" news about politics and the bureaucracy today, check out this story from online magazine Salon about the Bush "bulge" in the first presidential debate that has conspiracy theorists in a ...

Bad Timing.

October 29, 2004 It isn't really all that likely that the IRS is engaging in a politically motivated attack on the NAACP by launching an investigation into the group's tax-exempt status. But this is one of those cases where the timing of its actions is guaranteed to raise questions. On Oct. 8, agency ...

It's Not Over 'Til It's Over.

October 29, 2004 An alert reader notes that the National Archives and Records Administration seems to know a little more than the rest of us about what's going to happen next Tuesday. In an Oct. 6 bulletin, NARA announced it would conduct a "harvest" of federal Web sites by the end of January, ...

Fatty Nation.

October 28, 2004 Memo to OPM: You might want to broaden that HealthierFeds challenge. According to the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it's not just federal employees who are getting fatter by the minute. The average American adult weighs 25 pounds more than his or ...

Un-Cursed.

October 28, 2004 So I went to bed early last night, and had this bizarre dream: The Boston Red Sox, of all teams, won eight straight games in October and won the World Series. Weird, huh? All those who thought they'd ever see somebody in a Red Sox uniform and the words "I'm ...

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 ...