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Katherine McIntire Peters

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

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Election Could Have a Major Impact on DHS Agencies

October 19, 2016 The next administration could substantially reshape the direction of the Homeland Security Department, a new report shows. The analysis by big data and analytics firm Govini breaks down the procurement dynamics that will govern the next administration’s spending at agencies across the department, including Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation...

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The Year-End Spending Rush Is On, But It's Not What It Used to Be

September 16, 2016 The federal equivalent of Black Friday isn't what it used to be. Conventional wisdom has it that agencies rush to spend their budgets in the final quarter of the fiscal year, but a new analysis of federal contracting data shows that Q4 spending is declining after years of elevated levels,...

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From the Archive: The 9/11 Attacks

September 9, 2016 The 9/11 terrorist attacks continue to reverberate 15 years later. As the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States put it in their final report: “September 11, 2001, was a day of unprecedented shock and suffering in the history of the United States. The nation was unprepared.” Military...

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Agencies Struggle to Find Talent, but Use Only a Fraction of Available Hiring Options

September 1, 2016 Fourteen years ago, auditors at the Government Accountability Office noted that federal managers had complained for years that hiring procedures were too rigid and complex. The main complaint was about “competitive examining,” the most commonly used federal hiring authority, which requires agencies to publicize job openings, screen applications against minimum...

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An Extraordinary Fed: Katharine Blodgett Gebbie, 1932-2016

August 31, 2016 She was a gifted scientist, an adventurer who piloted her own plane and a generous colleague with a weakness for good Scotch. America lost a true visionary this summer with the death of Katharine Blodgett Gebbie on Aug. 17—and the federal government lost one of the greatest managers any agency...

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OPM Tries to Thwart Political Appointees Trying to Burrow In to the Bureaucracy

August 19, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management last week issued a memo to agency leaders aimed at preventing officials appointed by President Obama from illegally “burrowing in” to career federal positions during the transition to a new administration. In early July, lawmakers asked OPM to provide Congress with information about any agency...

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Improving Customer Experience, When the Taxpayer Is Your Customer

August 8, 2016 The customer may not always be right, but successful businesses know that it’s best to treat them as if they are (and when they’re wrong, to let them down ever so gently). Friendly, efficient, competent service fosters loyalty, and in the private sector, that engenders growth and profitability. For government...

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The Fight Over How to Avoid a Government Shutdown Is Just Getting Started

July 15, 2016 Members of Congress on Friday prepared to leave Washington for their summer recess without having completed a single one of the dozen appropriations bills required to fund government operations in 2017. That sets the stage for a contentious budget battle when lawmakers return to work in September following the Labor...

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How Well Do You Really Know the Presidential Candidates?

June 23, 2016 Do you remember which presidential candidate threatened to “beat [another candidate’s] rear end” on stage? Or which one accused the Syrian president of invading . . . Syria? Like others, we’ve tried to bury the memories. But a new quiz over at the Atlantic has resurrected those dark moments and...

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Congress, Obama Administration Face Off Over Firing Executives

June 17, 2016 This story has been updated with comments from the Senior Executives Association and from VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson. The Veterans Affairs Department will no longer use the authority Congress granted it in 2014 to quickly fire poorly performing senior executives or those involved in wrongdoing, VA told lawmakers Friday,...