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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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The Purge is Over.

December 9, 2004 Remaining Cabinet members, remain calm: Your jobs are safe. (Except for you, Anthony Principi. Sorry.) The White House insisted after the election the president wouldn't call for mass resignations. Really? Then why the need to call in those few cabinet officers who are left to let them know they can ...

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Not Exactly a Czar.

December 8, 2004 Well, congratulations, House of Representatives: You've finally made the compromises necessary to pass an intelligence overhaul bill that already had plenty of support to pass before a couple of well-placed legislators demanded the compromises. But why quibble? At the end of the day, we've got a spanking new layer in ...

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Chow Time.

December 7, 2004 They say an army travels on its stomach. And now the nascent Afghan army is taking responsibility for its own stomachs. The U.S. Army News Service reports that Afghan military leaders are cajoling recruits at the Kabul Military Training Center to volunteer to become cooks. "As the Afghan National Army ...

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Staying in the Cabinet.

December 7, 2004 As I've hinted earlier, I don't think the dominant story line on the second-term Bush Cabinet--i.e., he's ousting the free thinkers and replacing them with toadies--holds a lot of water. With the possible exception of Colin Powell, the folks who have moved on have hardly been mavericks or loose cannons ...

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Can You Spell C-A-T?

December 7, 2004 Ever since David McGlinchey of our staff has been writing about federal employees and diploma mills, he's been inundated with questions from civil servants about whether this or that institution is fraudulent or not. Here's a little tip: if the school will give a degree to your cat, then it's ...

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Collection Conundrum.

December 6, 2004 The debate over the use of private debt collection agencies to go after tax deadbeats tends to center on whether it's appropriate to give bill collectors access to tax records. But the Post's story this weekend on the subject notes (albeit several paragraphs in) that this obscures a simple fact: ...

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House approves new dental, vision benefits package

December 6, 2004 The House voted Monday afternoon to allow federal employees to purchase supplemental dental and vision care insurance through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. The House passed the legislation (S. 2657) unanimously on a voice vote. The Senate has already approved the measure, so now it goes to President Bush. ...

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Bernie as Boss.

December 4, 2004 Did you catch the chilling part in the Post piece on the appointment of former NYC police commissioner Bernard Kerik to replace Tom Ridge at Homeland Security? "A high-ranking business executive who is familiar with Kerik's tenure as police commissioner and as head trainer of Iraqi police recruits expressed shock ...

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Tommy Gun.

December 4, 2004 Nice work by Tommy Thompson Friday, jumping ship and saying, "for the life of me, I cannot understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply because it is so easy to do." Oh, and he added that a flu pandemic was right around the corner, too. Nothing like ...

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Tax Time.

December 3, 2004 I'm back from unseasonably and unreasonably chilly Palo Alto, Calif., where I learned some things about Web publishing that I hope will ultimately improve your overall experience of GovExec.com. (If they don't, I'll have some explaining to do to my bosses about why I spent the company's money traveling 3,000 ...