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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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Carson’s Ultimate Goal for HUD: 'Heal the Nation'

September 20, 2017 Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday unveiled his vision for the agency in a town hall meeting with HUD employees, launching what officials are calling a multi-year reform plan. While short on details, the plan is long on ambition: reimagine the way HUD works; restore the American...

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Thousands of Feds Respond to Irma’s Massive Destruction

September 10, 2017 As Hurricane Irma plowed through Florida on Sunday, displacing thousands of people and leaving a path of incalculable destruction in its wake, agencies across the federal government mobilized to assess the damage, assist local first responders in search and rescue efforts, and begin mounting a recovery effort that will take...

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OPM Creates Emergency Leave Program for Harvey Victims

September 1, 2017 Nearly 60,000 federal employees work in the the region deluged by Harvey, the stalled tropical storm that first made landfall as a hurricane a week ago. On Friday, the Office of Personnel Management formally established an emergency leave transfer program to give those workers who need it time to get...

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CBO Outlines Potential Changes to Federal Retirement Benefits

August 29, 2017 Taxpayers spend more than $90 billion annually on retirement benefits for civilian workers, a figure that has made those benefits a prime target for Congressional budget cutters. A report released Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office outlines some options lawmakers are considering as they seek to rein in costs. Under...

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Cabinet Leaders Distance Themselves From Trump’s Charlottesville Remarks

August 17, 2017 President Trump may believe there are “two sides to a story,” as he put it during a contentious press conference on Tuesday in reference to the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, but key members of Trump’s cabinet appear to be far less conflicted over where to place the...

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The Agencies Where Trump Can Most Easily Shift Contracting Priorities

July 21, 2017 More than $400 billion in government contracts are set to expire this year across the largest 19 federal agencies, according to a recent report by big data and analytics firm Govini. That’s creating significant opportunities at some agencies to reorient federal programs in support of the Trump administration’s priorities, said...

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White House Taps Civil Service Reform Veteran to Lead OPM

May 23, 2017 The White House late Tuesday announced it would tap George Nesterczuk to become director of the Office of Personnel Management. Nesterczuk is a longtime advocate of overhauling the civil service system and was a key player in a contentious effort to impose a performance-based personnel system at the Defense and...

Defense Acquisition Is Bad and Getting Worse: Report

May 18, 2017 How long does it take to buy a new handgun? More than a decade, if you’re the U.S. Army. What sounds like the setup to a bad joke is all too real in the world of defense acquisition. It took the Army 10 years to develop and rewrite requirements for...

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How Pentagon Contracting Is Killing the Military’s Technological Edge

May 17, 2017 How long does it take to buy a new handgun? More than a decade, if you’re the U.S. Army. What sounds like the set up to a bad joke is all too real in the world of Defense acquisition. It took the Army 10 years to develop and rewrite requirements...

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Trump Orders Agencies to Buy American or Face Consequences

April 17, 2017 President Trump on Tuesday is expected to sign an executive order aimed at boosting the economy by instituting a “more muscular” approach to prioritizing American workers and products through federal immigration, procurement and trade laws. “Buy American is the Trump administration’s highest priority when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars,”...