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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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What Did Martha Eat?

March 4, 2005 Stewart, that is. In prison. According to Slate's "Explainer," between 3.90 to 6.31 pounds of food per day, including 0.10 to 0.25 pounds of fat, 0.75 to 1.50 pounds of vegetables, and 1.08 to 1.56 pounds of starches. That's based on Bureau of Prisons dietary guidelines. Kind of amazing that...

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GAO's Challenge.

March 3, 2005 Every day, I get a list of new GAO reports in my e-mail inbox. After reading the titles of these reports (and sometimes, heaven forbid, the reports themselves) for several years, I think I can say with confidence that GAO has scientifically determined that the state of almost every federal...

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On the Borders, In the Skies.

March 3, 2005 The Washington Times goes all-bureaucracy-all-the-time on its front page today, with two workforce related stories. One features Democrats ripping the administration for only asking for funds to hire 210 Border Patrol agents, instead of the 2,000 mandated in last year's intelligence reform law. The other accuses the Federal Air Marshals...

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Poor Porter.

March 2, 2005 This just in from CIA chief Porter Goss: My job's hard! It's really, really hard!

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Pentagon: Help Wanted.

March 2, 2005 AP reports that Donald Rumsfeld is desperately seeking a few top executives.

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Payback Time.

March 2, 2005 Pay-for-performance: It's not just for the federal workforce. It's for Medicare providers, too.

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Keeping Up Appearances.

March 2, 2005 A federal lawyer offers the following comments on the item below on "appearances" of conflicts of interest: "The most important reason why we keep the 'appearance of conflict' language in the discussion is to keep the discussions shorter. If the only thing we were allowed to worry about is actual...

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Factoid of the Day.

March 1, 2005 As GovExec's Shawn Zeller reports, the number of federal employees who lost their jobs due to reductions in force last year (1,276) was less than half the number (2,826) who died while members of the civil service.

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Tracking Tax Cheats.

March 1, 2005 Here's one for the you-get-the-government-you-pay-for files, from today's NY Times story on the arrest of a man accused of evading $450 million in taxes: "The government has stepped up investigations but managed to recommend only 1,400 tax prosecutions out of the 130 million tax returns filed annually. For budgetary reasons,...

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Apparent Conflict.

March 1, 2005 You know what phrase bugs me? "The appearance of a conflict of interest." Discussions of ethics rules invariably get around to someone saying, "we want to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest." Or using phrases like "rules or practices designed to prevent conflicts of interest and the...

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