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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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Repeat After Me

July 28, 2005 For a case study in staying on message, check out the FBI's press release about the new IG report that concluded that "key deficiencies remain in the FBI’s foreign language translation program." The first paragraph in the release says, "the OIG commented on the improvements to our program, to include...

Cross-Cultural Forces

July 27, 2005 Members of the Army's Special Forces units get highly specialized training in unconventional warfare. Now they're also being trained in "adaptive thinking, negotiation, conflict resolution, and leadership within cross-cultural settings"--via a computer game developed with the help of Sandia National Laboratories.

That's Not Amore

July 27, 2005 If you've been reading GovExec today, you know that last night the House passed landmark legislation to overhaul postal operations. The bill sailed through, but without, sadly, one proposed amendment, submitted by Rep. Ted Strickland, D-Ohio, and summarized by the House Rules Committee this way: "Expresses the sense of Congress...

Privatize Those Interns

July 27, 2005 The Post's Chris Lee throws a barb at White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card today, noting that he used an appearance at a Partnership for Public Service event on attracting young people to the civil service as an opportunity to tell interns that the best place to look for...

The Reformers

July 27, 2005 As the Excellence in Government conference winds down, I didn't want to forget to mention the dinner Monday night marking the 10th anniversary of the conference. Various reformers of the past decade were feted at the event, including key officials in both the Clinton and Bush administrations. Just listening to...

House approves postal overhaul bill

July 27, 2005 The House voted Tuesday night to enact sweeping postal reform legislation for the first time since the creation of the modern Postal Service in 1970. The measure (H.R. 22) passed on a 410-20 vote. "The laws that govern the Postal Service are outdated and unsuited for today's competitive environment," said...

Bringing Life to Mars

July 26, 2005 Just when NASA finally gets the space shuttle off the ground again, somebody has another bone to pick with the agency. The National Research Council says that NASA needs to be more meticulous in its grooming habits. If the spacecraft we send to Mars aren't squeaky clean, the council argues...

Retiring Types

July 26, 2005 I'm back at Excellence in Government. I listened to a group of managers this morning talk about retirement and career planning issues, and it became clearer than ever that government is heading for, as one participant put it, "chaos." A whole crop of Civil Service Retirement System employees are reaching...

Chimp Heaven

July 25, 2005 We interrupt this string of conference reports to bring you the following (before we forget): Don't miss the Sunday NY Times Magazine report this week on Chimp Haven, the government's new retirement home for chimpanzees--most of whom were used for NASA projects or federally funded medical research. The chimps' quarters...

People Persons

July 25, 2005 It was standing room only at the Excellence in Government session that just ended on the DHS and DoD personnel systems. OPM's Ron Sanders set the stage, saying the departments' systems performance-based pay systems were set to "emerge from the primordial ooze." The audience was, as you can imagine, skeptical...