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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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If You Think the Navy Spends Most of Its Procurement Budget on Ships, Think Again.

April 27, 2016 You might assume the Navy spends most of its weapons budget on its fleet of aircraft carriers, submarines, destroyers and other ships. But you would be wrong. The sea service spends most of its budget on aircraft—by a substantial margin. An analysis by Govini, a data analytics company, shows that...

7 Leadership Principles from Women in National Security

March 11, 2016 Twenty-three years ago this month, I was a young reporter covering the U.S. military intervention in Somalia. Operation Restore Hope never lived up to its name, but as a reporting gig, it was exhilarating. My job wasn’t exactly remarkable—by 1993, female journalists had been covering combat operations for at least...

Poor Leadership Derailed Obamacare Rollout, Not Technology

February 23, 2016 Management really does matter. That’s the takeaway message of a case study of how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services fumbled the implementation of HealthCare.gov, the website through which people may purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature domestic policy initiative. “Most critical was the...

2017 Budget Winners and Losers

February 9, 2016 President Obama’s final budget request is an exercise in optimism or fantasy, depending on your political viewpoint. The Republican chairmen of the House and Senate Budget Committees aren’t even pretending to take it seriously. They said they wouldn’t invite White House Budget Director Shaun Donovan to testify on the proposal,...

Government Spending on Health Care Equals What Other Nations Pay for Universal Care

January 21, 2016 Contrary to official estimates, the government funds most health care in the United States, according to a new study published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health. In fact, through their taxes Americans pay the equivalent of what those in other nations pay for universal health care—they just don’t...

Oil Industry to Feds: Enough Already With the Regulations

January 5, 2016 These should be happy days for the U.S. oil and gas industry. The United States leads the world in oil and gas production, providing a level of global energy stability unthinkable just a few years ago. Even as Saudi Arabia’s execution of a dissident cleric sent tensions soaring in the...

What Every Presidential Candidate Needs to Know About Government

November 24, 2015 Whatever the 2016 presidential candidates may think of the federal government they seek to lead, the General Services Administration has some news they all should welcome: the 2016 Presidential Transition Directory is now available. “The Presidential Transition Directory website is designed to help candidates in the 2016 Presidential election get...

Here’s Everything Feds Need to Know About Tuesday’s GOP Debate

November 10, 2015 The eight Republican presidential candidates leading in the polls took the stage during prime time on Tuesday evening for their fourth debate focused on the U.S. economy, hosted by the Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal. The candidates touched on a range of topics affecting federal employees, including...

Despite Drugs, Sex with a Minor and More, EPA Employees Still Got Paid

November 10, 2015 Insubordination, disruptive behavior, falsifying documents, threatening colleagues—those were the least egregious reasons employees at the Environmental Protection Agency were placed on extended administrative leave as documented in a recent audit by the agency inspector general. Administrative leave is an excused absence without loss of pay or benefits, including personal leave...

New Mapping Tool Could Help Hurricane Joaquin Victims

October 1, 2015 This story appeared in the September/October issue of Government Executive magazine. For most people, a prolonged power outage is an inconvenience, not a tragedy. Food spoils, bathing is deferred, work is disrupted and rambunctious children discover the limits of pioneer-era entertainment. Indoor temperatures soar or plummet, depending on the season,...