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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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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...

'Evil' and 'Villainy' at Interior

July 18, 2005 U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth has really gone (or been driven, depending on how you look at it) around the bend in his hatred of the Interior Department. Last week, the Post noted some choice quotes in his latest opinion in the long-running dispute over the department's handling of billons...

ICE Crosses OSHA

July 18, 2005 Interesting backstory to the recent report that Immigration and Customs Enforcement had pulled off a raid targeting illegal immigrants working for Defense contractors at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C. The NY Times reported this weekend that the folks at OSHA are royally irritated that ICE rounded up...

Base Vote Challenge

July 18, 2005 Members of Congress continue to fire every conceivable arrow in their quivers when it comes to trying to change the Pentagon's base-closing proposals. Friday, Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico teamed up to take issue with how the decision about Cannon Air Force Base in the state...

Take That, Taliban!

July 15, 2005 Only the best for our forward-deployed troops in Afghanistan. They were recently treated to the musical talents of ThundHerStruck, an "all-female AC/DC-tribute band" (according to the Pentagon's in-house news service ). Pfc. Brock Horner, a paratrooper with the oh-so-appropriately named Task Force Rock, reported that the show was "awesome."

Liveblogging Excellence

July 15, 2005 A programming note: from July 25-27, I'll be blogging live from our Excellence in Government conference here in Washington. At the risk of shameless self-promotion, the speakers' lineup this year is very good (three Cabinet secretaries will be there--DHS's Michael Chertoff, VA's Jim Nicholson and USDA's Mike Johanns--and OPM's new...

Your Mom Was Right

July 15, 2005 Here's a public-private partnership for ya: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hooked up with a division of Procter & Gamble on a study showing--surprise, surprise--that handwashing can dramatically reduce the rate of infections among children under five. The study, conducted in Pakistan, found a 50 percent reduction in...

The Long View

July 15, 2005 The U.S. government puts on a good face overseas. Americans themselves are another matter. Any overseas trip offers the added benefit of a different perspective on the United States. That's true even when you visit a country that's not radically different from ours-such as Ireland, where I had the pleasure...

Homeland Security Reorganizzz...

July 14, 2005 Boy, Michael Chertoff really knows how to cut loose with a zinger, doesn't he? Actual quotes from his announcement yesterday on Homeland Security reorganization: "Modest but essential course corrections regarding organization will yield big dividends." "We as a nation must make tough choices about how to invest finite human and...