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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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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...

Managers Can Fire Bad Feds, They Just Don’t

August 4, 2015 Federal managers could easily fire most poor performing employees early in their career, they just don’t. They also could quickly remove new supervisors from positions for which they turn out to be ill suited and return them to the non-supervisory roles at which they excelled. But they rarely do. That’s...

To Advance the Mission, More Feds Should Consider Doing Less

June 19, 2015 Before he retired from the Air Force earlier this year, Dan Ward spent most of his career trying to get needed technology into the hands of warfighters as efficiently as possible. With three engineering degrees and two decades of experience designing, testing and fielding military equipment, the retired lieutenant colonel...

Boehner: Brace Yourself for Another Government Shutdown

June 5, 2015 As if the massive OPM data breach didn’t give federal employees enough to worry about this week, on Friday, House Speaker John Boehner warned that a government shutdown could be on the horizon. Citing a story in Politico, Boehner said Democrats were planning to force another government shutdown by aggressively...

Senators Want Investigation, Overhaul of VA Claims Backlog Processing

May 6, 2015 A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday called for an independent probe of how the Veterans Affairs Department is handling the backlog of veterans’ disability claims and introduced legislation that would overhaul the process for adjudicating them. “The red tape our veterans face is unacceptable,” said Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.,...

Master Builder

May 6, 2015 This isn’t where your average fine arts major ends up—sitting for an interview in Washington, explaining the critical need for succession planning in government agencies. It surely wasn’t where Randall Lohman expected to find himself more than two decades ago when, with a new master’s degree in fine arts, he...

Reimagining Government

May 6, 2015 If you stand on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington and look north across the Tidal Basin, you won’t see Alexander Hamilton’s statue in front of the Treasury Department. You’ll feel his presence as strongly as that of the marble man behind you though. The two pioneers of...

Two-Thirds of Agencies Fail To Fulfill Basic FOIA Requests

April 28, 2015 Just how hard is it to get basic, non-controversial data from most federal agencies under the Freedom of Information Act? Pretty hard, it turns out. Researchers at Syracuse University sent simple FOIA requests to 21 agencies in late January, asking for copies of the electronic files the FOIA offices themselves...

Are Civilian Agencies Held to a Higher Standard Than the Military?

April 9, 2015 There’s nothing like a good scandal involving waste, fraud and abuse to work members of Congress into a state of outrage. After an inspector general report revealed in 2012 that the General Services Administration spent $800,000 on an over-the-top conference at the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas two...