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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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Postal Service reopens Washington facility; tests for anthrax negative

January 15, 2003 The Postal Service reopened a government mail processing facility in Washington Wednesday night, after tests for the presence of anthrax came back negative. "We do not have contamination at the federal mail sorting facility," said Thomas Day, the Postal Service's vice president of engineering, at a press conference Wednesday evening. ...

FBI, Homeland Security agencies track five men

December 30, 2002 The FBI and several agencies slated to move into the new Homeland Security Department are working together to track five men of Arab ancestry who are believed to have entered the United States illegally on Dec. 24. The FBI announced Sunday it was seeking the public's help in locating the ...

Military members, civilian personnel to get smallpox vaccinations

December 13, 2002 President Bush announced Monday that military service members and other federal personnel who work in "high-risk parts of the world" would receive smallpox vaccinations. Health care workers and emergency responders at other levels of government will also be offered the vaccine. Reports have indicated that 500,000 military members and 500,000 ...

Americans favor homeland agency even as trust in government drops

September 9, 2002 While Americans' overall trust in government has fallen from the very high levels reported after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, they still favor creation of a new Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security to prevent future attacks. In a CNN/Gallup/USA Today poll conducted last week, 60 percent of respondents said Congress ...

Bush demands pay, hiring flexibility in homeland security bill

August 15, 2002 In a speech at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota Thursday, President Bush renewed his push for a new Homeland Security Department unencumbered by detailed civil service rules and regulations, especially in the areas of pay and hiring. The president attacked the homeland security bill being debated by the Senate, saying ...

House homeland panel reverses field on baggage-screening deadline

July 19, 2002 The House Select Homeland Security Committee reversed itself Friday, first voting to retain a year-end deadline for the Transportation Security Administration to implement baggage-sreeening systems at airports, then later accepting an amendment shifting the deadline to Dec. 31, 2003. Friday morning, the committee accepted, on a 6-3 vote, an amendment ...

Transportation Security Administration may need more than 70,000 employees

April 18, 2002 The Transportation Security Administration may need to hire more than 70,000 employees-up from the 30,000 initially projected-to handle passenger and baggage screening duties at the nation's airports, according to the Transportation Department's inspector general. Transportation IG Kenneth Mead told a House appropriations subcommittee Wednesday that the requirement to screen checked ...

Bush budget rips agencies’ management in key areas

February 4, 2002 The Bush administration's proposed fiscal 2003 budget includes a scathing critique of the federal government's performance, giving almost every agency failing grades in each of five key categories of management. "The federal government is not a well-managed enterprise," Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels said at a budget ...

Bold Government

February 1, 2002 America has regained its love of big government. But can the romance last? ast October, the United States Senate engaged in a debate the likes of which Americans had not seen in decades. At issue was a proposal to have the federal government take over responsibility for security functions at ...

Bush calls for expanded federal role at home, abroad

January 29, 2002 President Bush made a pitch for at least temporarily beefing up the size and scope of the federal government in his first official State of the Union address Tuesday night, calling for an expanded federal role in winning the war against terrorism, protecting the United States and reviving the economy. ...