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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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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,...

Getting Patients In When the Power Goes Out

September 8, 2015 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, and enterprising cooks put together meals from canned goods and crackers...

Doctor’s Orders

September 8, 2015 When Hurricane Katrina made landfall on Aug. 29, 2005, Dr. Nicole Laurie was leading the public health preparedness program for RAND Corp. As disaster descended on the Gulf Coast, she established a rapid policy response group to assist affected communities and began documenting the consequences of one of the most...

Refugees Find Accommodation in Army's Former Heidelberg Home

September 4, 2015 Military personnel who formerly served in Heidelberg, Germany, might not recognize their old stomping grounds today. In response to Europe's deepening refugee crisis, the Germans have turned Patrick Henry Village—formerly a housing area for Army families—into a shelter for those fleeing chaos in the Middle East and North Africa. Patrick...

What Does It Take To Get Fired by a Federal Agency?

August 26, 2015 Imagine if your boss deemed your work “unacceptable” and you received the lowest-possible performance rating. Three years in a row. Most of us would expect—should expect—to lose our jobs. It seems that some managers at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hold a different view. A jaw-dropping report by the...