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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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Feds Go Off Message With Kardashian, Gaza Tweets

July 23, 2014 It looks like it's time for a little social media remedial training at the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department. Thanks apparently to some sloppy Twitter account management, we know at least one person in EPA's Office of Water likes to play Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the popular game app. ...

Rick Perry Orders National Guard Troops to Texas Border

July 22, 2014 Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to immediately begin preparations for deployment to help deal with a security crisis as tens of thousands of immigrants from Central America continue to pour across the U.S.-Mexican border. Since October, near 100,000 undocumented migrants, many of them unaccompanied ...

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Orders National Guard Troops to Border

July 21, 2014 Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to immediately begin preparations for deployment to help deal with a security crisis as tens of thousands of immigrants from Central America continue to pour across the U.S.-Mexican border. Since October, near 100,000 undocumented migrants, many of them unaccompanied ...

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When Nixon Nailed the SecDef

July 21, 2014 Now we know how President Richard Nixon really viewed the role of secretary of Defense, thanks to riveting excerpts of Oval Office conversations (those tapes again!) in the August issue of Vanity Fair. In April 1972, as the U.S. was stepping up the air campaign against the North Vietnamese communists, ...

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ICE Pays Employees Workers Comp, Even When They’re Fit to Work

July 14, 2014 The agency responsible for investigating and enforcing immigration laws hasn’t done a very good job of investigating its own employees’ claims of on-the-job injuries or enforcing the law that governs workers’ compensation, according to a new report. Immigration and Customs Enforcement paid five of its employees $1 million in workers’ ...

Competition Is Declining in Pentagon-Awarded Contracts

July 8, 2014 "Competition is the single best way to motivate contractors to provide the best value," according to the Pentagon's latest annual report on the state of the Defense acquisition system, released in June. Unfortunately, the Defense Department has been losing ground for the last six years in the percentage of contracted ...

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One Chart Shows One Big Problem With Defense Contracting: Competition Is Declining

July 8, 2014 "Competition is the single best way to motivate contractors to provide the best value," according to the Pentagon's latest annual report on the state of the Defense acquisition system, released in June. Unfortunately, the Defense Department has been losing ground for the last six years in the percentage of contracted ...

Wanted: Bold Leaders Who’ve Taken Risks to Make Government Work Better

May 19, 2014 It’s time for the annual Nextgov Bold Awards to honor federal employees who are using technology in innovative ways to tackle some of government’s thorniest problem and, against considerable odds, are succeeding. You know who we’re talking about. It’s the woman in the cubicle next to you who wouldn’t take ...

Pentagon Gets New Acting Chief Information Officer

May 14, 2014 Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work announced in a memo to staff Tuesday that Navy Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen would become the department's acting CIO next week. David Devries, the department's deputy CIO for information enterprise, has been holding the post in an acting capacity since Teri Takai stepped ...

Pentagon CIO Shuffle: Navy Exec Takes the Reins at Defense

May 14, 2014 Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work announced in a memo to staff Tuesday that Navy Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen would become the department's acting CIO next week. David Devries, the department's deputy CIO for information enterprise, has been holding the post in an acting capacity since Teri Takai stepped ...