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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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Beam Me Up.

November 9, 2004 I have no idea how I missed this last week, but I can't let it pass unnoticed. USA Today reported that the Air Force paid $25,000 to one Eric W. Davis of Warp Drive Metrics in Las Vegas for a study of various forms of teleportation. And it got its...

Out of Control.

November 9, 2004 Apparently there's no substitute for a human air traffic controller--yet. The Dallas Morning News reports (registration required) that the Federal Aviation Administration has quietly halted a test of an automated system to control some flights departing from Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport. Four incidents--including one in which two jets flew closer...

Piling On.

November 9, 2004 This tiresome who's-leaving-the-Cabinet-and-when story is finally starting to get interesting. Last week, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher told reporters to stop asking when Colin Powell was going to make his long-rumored exit. Of course, they didn't. Yesterday, some dogged journalist brought up a moldy report from last May about how...

It's His Pleasure.

November 8, 2004 The White House announced this morning that Andy Card's staying as White House chief of staff. Press secretary Scott McClellan said Card was "honored" to accept Bush's offer to hang around for a second term, adding "he serves at the pleasure of the president just like the rest of us."...

Bioterror Bureaucracy.

November 8, 2004 Seeing this in the Washington Post more than three years after Sept. 11 doesn't exactly inspire confidence: "Overlapping jurisdiction among federal agencies working on biodefenses--including the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services--leads to confusion inside and outside government about who is in charge of preparations for, and...

Space Case.

November 8, 2004 Now that Burt Rutan has picked up his $10 million check for sending the first privately manned rocket into space, he'll have that much more time to spend on his other hobby: ripping NASA for excessive bureaucracy. Maybe the space agency will figure out how to fight back after NASA...

Kerry Beats Bush!

November 5, 2004 In the race to be a commissioner of the Hennepin County, Minn., Soil and Water District, that is. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that no one actually filed to run for the vacant commissioner's post, leaving county officials to tally write-in votes to try to determine a winner. And...

Vested Interest.

November 5, 2004 Vindication for NASA scientist Robert M. Nelson! (See Oct. 29 item). The Secret Service tells The Hill newspaper that the bulge on George W. Bush's back during the first presidential debate was the strap for a bulletproof vest. Nelson, after doing some photo analysis on his own time, had said...

Hurricane Charlie.

November 5, 2004 Looks like Charlie Mahtesian's story about FEMA and the Florida election has hit a nerve among Mailbag contributors. With all due respect to those who are up in arms, I don't think the piece suggests that FEMA was engaged in a nefarious political scheme to aid the Bush reelection effort....

Best-Laid Plans.

November 4, 2004 Honestly, I'm not trying to gum this up with politics. And I certainly don't want to endorse the political views of a former Clinton adminstration Cabinet secretary. But I think Robert Reich is very close to the mark in his analysis of the election in Slate today: "I don't think...

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