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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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The Trouble With Defense Acquisition May Be the Workforce

October 7, 2014 If you asked 31 knowledgeable people how fix the way the Pentagon buys weapons you’d expect to hear a multitude of answers aimed at addressing the cost overruns, program delays and failures to deliver promised capabilities that have come to define military procurement. What you might not expect is widespread ...

The Trouble With Defense Acquisition May Be the Workforce

October 7, 2014 If you asked 31 knowledgeable people how fix the way the Pentagon buys weapons you’d expect to hear a multitude of answers aimed at addressing the cost overruns, program delays and failures to deliver promised capabilities that have come to define military procurement. What you might not expect is widespread ...

Measuring Up

September 9, 2014 Few people know more about performance metrics than Harry Hatry, director of the Public Management Program at the Urban Institute. Government Executive Deputy Editor Katherine McIntire Peters spoke with Hatry in August at his office in Washington. When you talk about “performance management” what do you mean? It’s a lot ...

Defense Cuts Come Home to Roost -- In Virginia

August 15, 2014 Untangling a state's economy from the capricious nature of federal spending has been many a governor's goal. For Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, that quest has found new urgency. He told lawmakers in Richmond Friday morning that the state is looking at a $2.4 billion hole in its budget over the ...

Feds Go Off Message With Kardashian, Gaza Tweets

July 23, 2014 It looks like it's time for a little social media remedial training at the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department. Thanks apparently to some sloppy Twitter account management, we know at least one person in EPA's Office of Water likes to play Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the popular game app. ...

Rick Perry Orders National Guard Troops to Texas Border

July 22, 2014 Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to immediately begin preparations for deployment to help deal with a security crisis as tens of thousands of immigrants from Central America continue to pour across the U.S.-Mexican border. Since October, near 100,000 undocumented migrants, many of them unaccompanied ...

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Orders National Guard Troops to Border

July 21, 2014 Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to immediately begin preparations for deployment to help deal with a security crisis as tens of thousands of immigrants from Central America continue to pour across the U.S.-Mexican border. Since October, near 100,000 undocumented migrants, many of them unaccompanied ...

When Nixon Nailed the SecDef

July 21, 2014 Now we know how President Richard Nixon really viewed the role of secretary of Defense, thanks to riveting excerpts of Oval Office conversations (those tapes again!) in the August issue of Vanity Fair. In April 1972, as the U.S. was stepping up the air campaign against the North Vietnamese communists, ...

ICE Pays Employees Workers Comp, Even When They’re Fit to Work

July 14, 2014 The agency responsible for investigating and enforcing immigration laws hasn’t done a very good job of investigating its own employees’ claims of on-the-job injuries or enforcing the law that governs workers’ compensation, according to a new report. Immigration and Customs Enforcement paid five of its employees $1 million in workers’ ...

Competition Is Declining in Pentagon-Awarded Contracts

July 8, 2014 "Competition is the single best way to motivate contractors to provide the best value," according to the Pentagon's latest annual report on the state of the Defense acquisition system, released in June. Unfortunately, the Defense Department has been losing ground for the last six years in the percentage of contracted ...