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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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White House Taps Civil Service Reform Veteran to Lead OPM

May 23, 2017 The White House late Tuesday announced it would tap George Nesterczuk to become director of the Office of Personnel Management. Nesterczuk is a longtime advocate of overhauling the civil service system and was a key player in a contentious effort to impose a performance-based personnel system at the Defense and...

Defense Acquisition Is Bad and Getting Worse: Report

May 18, 2017 How long does it take to buy a new handgun? More than a decade, if you’re the U.S. Army. What sounds like the setup to a bad joke is all too real in the world of defense acquisition. It took the Army 10 years to develop and rewrite requirements for...

How Pentagon Contracting Is Killing the Military’s Technological Edge

May 17, 2017 How long does it take to buy a new handgun? More than a decade, if you’re the U.S. Army. What sounds like the set up to a bad joke is all too real in the world of Defense acquisition. It took the Army 10 years to develop and rewrite requirements...

Trump Orders Agencies to Buy American or Face Consequences

April 17, 2017 President Trump on Tuesday is expected to sign an executive order aimed at boosting the economy by instituting a “more muscular” approach to prioritizing American workers and products through federal immigration, procurement and trade laws. “Buy American is the Trump administration’s highest priority when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars,”...

Are 'Obama Loyalist Bureaucrats' in the Crosshairs?

March 24, 2017 Are federal employees “panicked” after a conservative media outlet published names of government executives the outlet believes are hostile to President Trump’s agenda and should be fired? That was the headline of a March 22 story in Politico that cited a Feb. 18 report published in Breitbart News, the former...

What’s Wrong With the Pentagon’s Civilian Personnel System?

March 21, 2017 The nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center doesn’t mince words in a new report about the Defense Department’s antiquated approach to managing troops and civilians: “If the military personnel system errs on the side of instability and frequent turnover, the civilian personnel system has the opposite problem. Civilian employees may remain in...

What’s Wrong With the Pentagon’s Civilian Personnel System?

March 20, 2017 The nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center doesn’t mince words in a new report about the Defense Department’s antiquated approach to managing troops and civilians: “If the military personnel system errs on the side of instability and frequent turnover, the civilian personnel system has the opposite problem. Civilian employees may remain in...

Trump Plans to Hire a Team of Lawyers to Secure Land for Border Wall

March 16, 2017 Anyone who still doubts that President Trump is serious about building a wall between the United States and Mexico should take a closer look at the budget proposal the administration released this morning. In the section describing Justice Department priorities, the proposal calls for “the addition of 20 attorneys to...

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...

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...