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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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When the Money Ran Out.

November 23, 2004 So did anybody get up in the middle of the night Saturday to go spend some federal money and violate the Anti-Deficiency Act, just for the heck of it? Technically, there was a gap between when a continuing resolution providing temporary fiscal 2005 funding for agencies expired at midnight Saturday ...

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Tortured Analogy.

November 23, 2004 Guy Womack, lawyer for Cpl. Charles Graner, accused of abusing detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, tells the Wall Street Journal that it was "no big deal" for Graner and other soldiers to force prisoners to wedge themselves together into a human pyramid. "Cheerleaders all across America form pyramids every ...

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Loyal to a Fault.

November 23, 2004 The "Bush-is-trying-to-rein-in-the-bureaucracy" story line continues to develop, with Reuters weighing in with its take. Aren't we getting a little ahead of ourselves here? Sure, there have been a few well-publicized anecdotes about hard-to-control bureaucrats at the CIA and the FDA over the past week. And certainly, the president seems to ...

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Who's Protecting Who?

November 22, 2004 Looking at that video of President Bush going to the rescue of his Secret Service agent down in Chile, didn't you think for just a second there that he was about to go all Ron Artest on the Chilean security forces?

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Bureaucrat Battler.

November 22, 2004 Sort of an odd story in the Washington Post today about President Bush's efforts to rein in the bureaucracy. It makes a tortured attempt to connect Cabinet shifts with the administration's on-again, off-again efforts at civil service reform (and with efforts to overhaul the regulatory process).

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Lack of Intelligence.

November 22, 2004 If you need an example of why public trust in government continues to erode, look no further than this weekend's (lack of) action on the intelligence overhaul bill. Now there's lots of room for debate about the merits of the bill, as I've noted before. But at the end of ...

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Party On.

November 19, 2004 Guess we have our answer on the relative level of lavishness of the inauguration. President Bush has named three of his top fundraisers to drum up big bucks for the festivities. Taxpayers will kick in $2.8 million, too.

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Drug Bust.

November 19, 2004 Here's the FDA reservation. And there's agency scientist David J. Graham way, way off it in the distance. Graham headed to the Hill yesterday to lob a grenade into the whole Vioxx mess, calling it a "profound regulatory failure" and saying the agency is "virtually defenseless" against preventing a similar ...

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Party Hardly.

November 18, 2004 A "long-time government employee" who signs herself "BJB" offers the following suggestion: "Since we have people sacrificing their lives during this time of war and the country is desperately short of money, it would be fitting that the inauguration events be low-key and less security-intense. This means no parades, limited ...

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Spell Check.

November 18, 2004 WSJ.com's James Taranto on President Bush's nomination of Maragaret Spellings to be Education Secretary: "Were we ever relieved to learn she was married. The Education Department is the last place you want to find Miss Spellings." Har har.