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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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Mattis Takes on the Pentagon Bureaucracy

February 22, 2017 In a pair of memos to his deputy last Friday, Defense Secretary James Mattis signaled his readiness for battle against an especially entrenched foe—the department’s sprawling bureaucracy. Both memos support requirements in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and aim to address concerns on Capitol Hill about Pentagon efficiency. In...

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Mattis Takes on the Pentagon Bureaucracy

February 21, 2017 In a pair of memos to his deputy last Friday, Defense Secretary James Mattis signaled his readiness for battle against an especially entrenched foe—the department’s sprawling bureaucracy. Both memos support requirements in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and aim to address concerns on Capitol Hill about Pentagon efficiency. In...

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GOP Leaders Reportedly Pressed Trump To Withdraw Labor Secretary Pick

February 15, 2017 Update: Puzder withdrew his nomination on Wednesday afternoon and this story was updated. CNN reported Wednesday that top Senate Republicans were pressing the White House to withdraw President Trump’s controversial nominee to run the Labor Department. The selection of Andrew Puzder, chief executive of the company that runs the Carl’s...

Trump Orders Halt to ‘Catch and Release,’ But There’s a Catch

January 25, 2017 Among the long list of directives included in the executive order President Trump signed on Wednesday on border security and immigration enforcement was a provision to end the practice known as “catch and release.” Specifically, the order directs the secretary of Homeland Security to “immediately take all appropriate actions to...

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Trump Orders Halt to ‘Catch and Release,’ But There’s a Catch

January 25, 2017 Among the long list of directives included in the executive order President Trump signed on Wednesday on border security and immigration enforcement was a provision to end the practice known as “catch and release.” Specifically, the order directs the secretary of Homeland Security to “immediately take all appropriate actions to...

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Lawmakers Ask Trump to Reconsider Federal Hiring Freeze

January 9, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump wouldn’t be the first commander in chief to impose a hiring freeze on federal agencies. Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan both tried it, but the policy didn’t do much to reign in government. In fact, it proved counterproductive to their aims. That’s according to a 34-year-old Government...

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Trump’s Pick to Lead OMB Supports Privatizing Some Federal Operations, Cutting Workforce

December 17, 2016 In a move that’s sure to please the conservative House Freedom Caucus, Donald Trump tapped one of the group’s founders, South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney, to lead the Office of Management and Budget. Mulvaney has been a leader in recent efforts to shut down the government over spending in areas...

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Remembering Veterans on Pearl Harbor Day

December 7, 2016 Seventy-five years after Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor slaughtered 2,403 Americans and launched an unprepared nation into World War II, that conflict remains for many, the “good war.” The war was unavoidable (though the U.S. long tried to avoid it); the stakes and battle lines were clear, and it...

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The Government's Landlord Needs to Explain How It Will Resolve Trump's Hotel Lease

December 1, 2016 Nobody is arguing that the General Services Administration did anything wrong in leasing the Old Post Office Pavilion to the Trump Organization through a bidding process that began in 2008, well before Donald Trump decided to run for president. But when Trump declared his candidacy for president in August 2015,...

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Most Feds Could Save $2K or More By Switching Health Insurance

November 25, 2016 Does open season make your head hurt? Weighing your health insurance options—and all the potential scenarios under which you might need care—can be overwhelming. But before you throw your hands up and opt to stay with the plan you already have, know that you could be leaving some serious money...

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