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Tom Shoop

Tom Shoop
Tom Shoop is the former executive vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversaw editorial operations at Government Executive, Nextgov, Defense One and Route Fifty. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and served as editor in chief from 2007 to 2021. He can be reached at tshoop@govexec.com.
Health & Human Services

More Than Two Dozen States in Limbo on Vaccine Mandate for Government Workers

A federal order requiring vaccination or weekly testing for workers in large companies also applies to state and local government employees in 26 states. But it’s under judicial review.

Public Safety

Dollar Signs Drive Police Departments to Electric Car Experiments

Under pressure economically as well environmentally, governments are seeing savings in ditching fossil-fuel cars.

Health & Human Services

‘Moms for Liberty’ Group Sets Sights on Local Government 

Leaders hope to create a national ‘parental rights’ movement, starting with school board activism. The group already has 135 chapters in 35 states.

Public Safety

The Prison Population is Falling, But in Some States Lots of People Are Still Locked Up

Incarceration rates have been dropping for years. Here’s where prisons and jails are still packed.

Management

The Plantation and the Pizza Hut: A Suburban County Reconsiders Its History

Fairfax County, Virginia wants to add unheard voices to its story. That will require changing the way it gathers and evaluates historical information.

Management

Pay Us More and Let Us Work From Home, State and Local Employees Say

Morale is improving, but concerns about pay and working conditions are on the rise, too, a survey shows.

Health & Human Services

Some State and Local Employees Aren’t Getting Vaccinated Because They Don’t Trust Government

Most workers report they are fully vaccinated, but a surprisingly large percentage have no intention of getting the vaccine.

Tech & Data

App Alerts State’s Residents to Suspicious Activity on Their Phones, Tablets

Michigan Secure app warns of phishing attempts, vulnerable software, risky settings and more.

Infrastructure

The Best and Worst States for Driving

You can experience the joy of the open road in Texas. Not so much in Hawaii.

Management

Government Executive Media Group Acquires City & State New York

Route Fifty’s parent company continues to expand its portfolio of information and services for state and local government leaders.

Tech & Data

Route Fifty’s Parent Company Buys Community Platform for Local Government Leaders

The Atlas for Cities focuses on case studies and other tools to connect local officials and enable them to share ideas and best practices.

Management

Beyond Buzzwords and Dashboards: Effective Approaches to Performance Management

In a new book, Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene assess the state of efforts to improve state and local government operations.

Public Safety

Trump Orders 'A Plus Treatment' for Alabama Tornado Victims

The president has given his team high marks for previous emergency response efforts.