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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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Lesson for Congress: Don’t Mess With VA’s Bob McDonald

February 12, 2015 Note to lawmakers: Don’t try grandstanding on issues of accountability with Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald. He’ll dish it right back. At a hearing on VA’s budget this week, Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., accused McDonald of “glossing over” problems at the department—specifically problems at a Denver VA hospital “hundreds of ...

The Government Will See You Now

February 3, 2015 When was the last time you interacted with a federal agency to conduct some personal business? If your experience was anything like that of most Americans trying to enroll in a federal program or fulfill some civic duty—clarify a tax issue, update public records—it probably wasn’t great. A report last ...

Fiscal 2016 Budget Winners and Losers

February 2, 2015 After years of fiscal austerity, the White House is ready to open the checkbook. While spending at the Agriculture and Health and Human Services departments would remain flat under the Obama administration’s 2016 budget proposal, most agencies would see their budgets grow—substantially in some cases. Among departments and large agencies, ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 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 ...

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 ...