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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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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....

High level of trust in government may be hard to sustain

November 27, 2001 The soaring level of trust in government reflected in polls conducted since the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon may be difficult to sustain, according to panelists at a seminar on public opinion held in Washington on Tuesday. Surveys conducted after the attacks by the...

Anthrax spores found at more federal agencies in Washington

October 29, 2001 The number of federal facilities that have tested positive for the presence of anthrax bacteria continued to grow Monday, with the revelation that anthrax spores had been discovered in Washington at State Department headquarters, a building that houses operations of the Department of Health and Human Services, and a facility...

Unions, executives spar over pay and benefits proposals

October 17, 2001 The spirit of unanimity that has pervaded federal operations at all levels in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks dissolved this week as representatives of federal workers' unions and senior federal executives sparred over benefits proposals--and the issue of who was doing the most to safeguard the nation...

Trust in government up dramatically, polls show

October 1, 2001 The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 have caused a stunning reversal in public attitudes about government and the people who work for it, new surveys show. A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted late last week showed that 64 percent of Americans said they trusted "the government in Washington to do...

Bush creates homeland defense agency

September 20, 2001 In an address to Congress and the nation Thursday night, President Bush announced the creation of a new Cabinet-level Office of Homeland Security. The new office, Bush said, will "lead, oversee and coordinate a national strategy to safeguard our country against terrorism and respond to any attacks that come." The...