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Katherine McIntire Peters

Deputy Editor

Katherine is deputy editor of Government Executive Media Group, a division of Atlantic Media, where she oversees editorial coverage for GovExec.com and Government Executive magazine. She previously was executive editor of Nextgov.

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The Broken Federal Personnel System in 7 Charts

January 21, 2015 Anyone who follows federal programs knows how critical it is that agencies be able to attract and hire highly skilled workers. But they also need to be able to fire those who don’t measure up. We asked Government Business Council, the research arm of Government Executive Media Group, to survey ...

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In Memoriam: Bob Brewin, 1944-2014

January 21, 2015 We’ve employed many excellent reporters at Government Executive Media Group, but none more passionate or fearless than Bob Brewin. Bob, who spent more than two decades covering defense technology, lost his battle with cancer in December 2014. Bob had a gift for slogging through jargon-laden documents to find hidden gems. ...

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Raising Human Capital

January 21, 2015 Few people have as much experience in federal personnel matters as Jeffrey Neal. During a civil service career spanning 33 years, 13 of them in the Senior Executive Service, Neal served as chief human capital officer at both the Defense Logistics Agency and the Homeland Security Department. Government Executive Deputy ...

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State of the Union: The Message for Feds

January 20, 2015 10:10 p.m. It's a wrap. "A brighter future is ours to write," Obama says. 9:58 p.m. Obama is now speaking about the National Security Agency and other federal offices that have come under fire for their surveillance of American and foreign citizens: “As promised, our intelligence agencies have worked hard, ...

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Clapper and L 'il Bub

January 12, 2015 Who knew the director of national intelligence had a soft spot for The Most Amazing Cat on the Planet? When our friends at the D Brief wrote this morning that “Jim Clapper talked about his big trip to North Korea last week with some amazing details,” they weren’t kidding. We ...

Bob Brewin, 1944-2014

December 22, 2014 Dedicated readers of What’s Brewin’ may wonder why it has been quiet of late. Here’s the story. The greatest professional pleasure any editor can have is to work with an exceptionally talented reporter. I’ve worked with many excellent reporters, but none more passionate, fearless or committed than Bob Brewin, the ...

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Americans Rate Two Agencies Worse Than the IRS

November 21, 2014 What’s America’s favorite federal agency? Apparently it’s the U.S. Postal Service. Beyond the rate hikes, job cuts, hemorrhaging finances, processing center closures, union tensions and persistent calls for reform, a large majority of people—72 percent—think USPS does an “excellent” or “good” job. That’s a significantly higher rating than the next ...

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IG: Energy Lab Lobbied Officials for $2.4 Billion No-Bid Contract

November 12, 2014 Federal investigators say employees at Sandia National Laboratories used taxpayer funds to lobby members of Congress and senior department officials to extend the lab’s management contract with Lockheed Martin Corp.—valued at $2.4 billion annually—without opening it up for competition. “The use of federal funds for the development of a plan ...

6 Charts That Show What Defense Personnel Really Think About the Acquisition Process

November 11, 2014 While the mid-term elections have raised uncertainty about government operations under a Republican-controlled Congress, one area where observers expect to see some action is in an overhaul of the way the Pentagon buys weapons. The current system takes far too long and creates enormous uncertainty for both industry and the ...

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Infographic: What Defense Personnel Really Think About the Acquisition Process

November 11, 2014 While the mid-term elections have raised uncertainty about government operations under a Republican-controlled Congress, one area where observers expect to see some action is in an overhaul of the way the Pentagon buys weapons. The current system takes far too long and creates enormous uncertainty for both industry and the ...