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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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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...

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...