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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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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 ...

DHS Exec Aided Foreign Investors with Democratic Ties, IG Found

March 24, 2015 In an unusually harsh and detailed report, the Homeland Security Inspector General blasted conduct by the department’s deputy secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, for his efforts to aid politically-connected foreign investors seeking U.S. residency. “Staff witnessed Mr. Mayorkas inserting himself in unprecedented ways into an adjudicative process governed by statute, regulation, and ...

TSA Gave Expedited Screening to Former Domestic Terror Group Member

March 20, 2015 The Transportation Security Administration designated a “notorious convicted felon” as suitable for expedited airport screening, allowing the passenger to sail through security without removing his shoes, belt, electronic equipment and toiletries for more rigorous inspection. When an alert TSA officer recognized the individual from media coverage and reported the situation ...

Crime and Punishment

March 12, 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 ...

Lesson for Congress: Don’t Mess With VA’s Bob McDonald

February 12, 2015 Note to lawmakers: Don’t try grandstanding on issues of accountability with Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald. He’ll dish it right back. At a hearing on VA’s budget this week, Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., accused McDonald of “glossing over” problems at the department—specifically problems at a Denver VA hospital “hundreds of ...

The Government Will See You Now

February 3, 2015 When was the last time you interacted with a federal agency to conduct some personal business? If your experience was anything like that of most Americans trying to enroll in a federal program or fulfill some civic duty—clarify a tax issue, update public records—it probably wasn’t great. A report last ...