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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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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...

'Rocky' Start

July 25, 2005 Almost forgot: Chertoff noted with amusement that music was played as he took the stage, and said that in the future he might request that the theme from "Rocky" be played before all of his appearances. Make of that what you will.

Excellence in Blogging

July 25, 2005 I'm back, and, as promised, coming to you live from Excellence in Government. It's not yet 11:00, and attendees have heard from two Cabinet secretaries already, so things are off to a pretty good start. Homeland Security's Michael Chertoff certainly gave the impression of being obsessed with management issues--not the...

Homeland Security begins training managers on new personnel system

July 25, 2005 The Homeland Security Department this week began the process of training its managers and supervisors in how to use its new human resources system, a DHS personnel official said Monday. Todd Turner discussed the transition to the new system at the Excellence in Government conference in Washington. The conference is...

Caffeine and Contracts

July 19, 2005 I've spent the better part of the past week going over the numbers for this year's edition of our annual Top 200 Federal Contractors issue. I don't want to give anything away before the issue comes out Aug. 15, but to put the numbers in perspective, think about this: If...

On The Road Again

July 19, 2005 Your loyal Fedblogger is off again, this time to the great state of Minnesota. I'll be back on Monday, ready to liveblog at Excellence in Government. Until then, I'll update when and if I can.

A Soldier's Tale

July 19, 2005 How's this for a story? Army medic is shot in the chest by Iraqi sniper, pops right back up (thanks to body armor), helps his unit track down the shooter (who is wounded in the process), and then administers medical care to him. Read about it in Army Times, and...

Dinosaurs and Dollars

July 19, 2005 The National Parks Conservation says it's great that a dinosaur track was recently uncovered in Denali National Park, but not so great that the group's 2003 assessment concluded “funding is woefully inadequate to carry out needed research and protection” at the park. Denali received a “poor” rating for the condition...

Will This Be On The Test?

July 19, 2005 Get ready for your Constitution lessons. The Post reports today on a measure, tucked into an appropriations bill last year, requiring that all executive branch employees receive training materials about the Constitution on Sept. 17, the holiday marking the day the document was signed in 1787. The provision was a...

Giving Aid and Comfort to the Press

July 18, 2005 Memo to Defense Department public affairs officers: The boss says if you don't give reporters the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, well, then you're a traitor. From Donald Rumsfeld's op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal: "When a government official is found to have put out information...