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Tom Shoop

Tom Shoop
Tom Shoop is executive vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees 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,, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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.


The Best and Worst States for Driving

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


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.


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.


How FEMA Identified Its Mission and Consolidated

Craig Fugate survived eight years managing FEMA through disasters. Here's how.

Tech & Data

State Cyber Officials Say Governors Are Paying More Attention to Them

Lack of funding to handle potential security threats remains a top concern, according to a biennial survey from NASCIO and Deloitte.


For State CIOs, the Time Has Come to Be Agile

“Waterfall has led us into a lot of wasted time and effort,” says Maryland’s state chief information officer, David Garcia.