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Katherine McIntire Peters

Executive Editor Katherine Peters leads editorial strategy and operations for Nextgov. She previously was a senior correspondent for Government Executive magazine, where she covered defense, homeland security and energy. Prior to joining Government Executive in 1995, she covered U.S. military operations and training for Army Times.
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One Chart Shows Why You Shouldn’t Trust the Feds With Your Data

April 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We reported in January about the spike in government data breaches that has compromised the personal information of federal employees and citizens. A report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office shows that security incidents involving personally identifiable information more than doubled between 2009, when there were 10,481 such breaches, ...

State Taps Atlantic Media CTO to Manage Digital Diplomacy Program

March 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tom Cochran, the former director of New Media Technologies at the White House before becoming chief technology officer at Atlantic Media, Nextgov's parent company, returned to government today to work in the State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs. As managing director, Cochran will support the Obama administration's foreign policy ...

Cloud Computing Isn’t Just for Email

March 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For a lot of federal IT managers, cloud computing offers tremendous potential for tackling a range of challenges, from optimizing data storage to maintaining the most up-to-date software and security. But for most agencies, it remains just that -- potential. On April 8, Nextgov will explore that potential -- both ...

Give Us 3 Minutes of Your Time

March 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In partnership with the Government Business Council (the research arm of Government Executive Media Group) Nextgov is conducting quarterly surveys of federal IT professionals to gauge, among other things, how well agencies are doing in meeting the Obama administration’s IT priorities. Our Federal Tech Insiders Poll will explore things such ...

Do You Work in Federal Technology? We Want to Hear From You.

February 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The link between mission success and solid IT performance has never been clearer. That’s long been the case, but the rocky rollout last October of the website designed to support the Affordable Care Act, the Obama Administration’s signature policy achievement, brought home how easily an ill-managed technology program could undermine ...

VanRoekel: Don't Let Sunk Costs Sink Innovation

February 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Too many federal officials believe that to do more you have to spend more, but in fact that opposite can be true, acccording to the Obama administration's top technology official. "There's a general culture of big failure," said Steven VanRoekel, federal chief information officer. Big ideas too often lead to ...

Edward Snowden and the Power of Cloud Computing

January 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Allison Stanger has an excellent piece over at Quartz titled “Why Edward Snowden is not a whistleblower.” Setting aside the title’s assertion, the Leng Professor of International Politics and Economics at Middlebury College makes a compelling case for the revolutionary power of cloud computing. Cloud computing itself isn’t exactly new, ...

Drone Testing Could Soon Come to an Airfield Near You

December 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following a 10-month evaluation process, the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday announced it had picked six entities across the country to research and test the use of remotely-piloted aircraft in domestic airspace. While the potential widespread use of drones has alarmed privacy advocates and some safety officials, Transportation Secretary Anthony ...

HHS Chief Seeks Investigation Into Obamacare Website Contracts

December 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday asked the department’s inspector general to investigate the contracting process behind the government’s botched rollout of the online health insurance exchange in October. In a letter to Inspector General Daniel Levinson, Sebelius said it’s critical to understand the factors that contributed ...

Bold Leaders

November 15, 2013 When we launched the Nextgov Bold Awards earlier this year to recognize innovation in federal technology we frankly didn’t know what to expect. Would enough people respond? Would the nominations be of sufficient quality? Would companies try to turn the program into a platform to promote their products? Happily, the ...