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Katherine McIntire Peters

Executive Editor Katherine Peters leads editorial strategy and operations for Nextgov. She previously was a senior correspondent for Government Executive magazine, where she covered defense, homeland security and energy. Prior to joining Government Executive in 1995, she covered U.S. military operations and training for Army Times.
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IT Procurement Reform Comes with a Price Tag: $145 Million

November 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bipartisan bill aimed at reforming the way agencies buy information technology would cost $145 million to implement through 2018, the Congressional Budget Office has determined. The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, known as FITARA, would give agency chief information officers more authority and responsibility for justifying IT expenditures ...

Three Technology Trends Driving Big Changes for Federal Managers

November 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The bungled rollout of HealthCare.gov has created a crisis of confidence in government’s ability to execute technologically complex undertakings. Nevermind the human genome project, NASAs exploration of Mars or a host of other breakthrough initiatives, the collateral damage inflicted by the malfunctioning insurance exchange has politicians, taxpayers and even federal ...

How to Build an Effective Government Website

October 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You might not know it from all the negative publicity surrounding the rollout of HealthCare.gov, but it really is possible for federal officials to create a searchable, public facing website that integrates complex government data sets from disparate sources and computer systems. Just ask the folks at the Recovery Accountability ...

Obama’s Top Tech Official: HealthCare.gov Is a ‘Teachable Moment’

October 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Correction: This story initially said VanRoekel did not take questions from the audience. He did take questions later, following another speaker's remarks. There were no questions on HealthCare.gov. In his first public remarks in seven months, Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel told an audience dominated by IT contractors that ...

Feds Could Exploit Open Data Policies to Improve Management

October 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow My colleague Brittany Ballenstedt has a blog post today about how innovative feds can use application programming interfaces to bypass reluctant leaders who may not see the value of changing the way their organization does business. Most of the discussion about APIs has focused on how data can be marshalled ...

Memo to President Obama: HealthCare.gov Is More Than Just a Website

October 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In explaining the administration’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama sought to put the botched website in some perspective: “We did not wage this long contentious battle just around a website,” he noted. “That’s not what this was about.” Maybe so, but HealthCare.gov isn’t just a website. It’s ...

Health Exchange Website Failures Were Both Predicted and Predictable

October 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Who knew it could be so difficult to build an effective, user-friendly website capable of efficiently serving up complex information for millions of users? Quite a few people, actually. And that’s why the Obama administration’s bungling of the most public aspect of its signature policy initiative is so baffling. As ...

Furloughed Feds May Have to Turn in Cellphones, Other Mobile Devices

September 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal employees forced off the job during a government shutdown may have to turn in their government-issued BlackBerrys, iPhones and other mobile devices Tuesday morning, according to White House guidance on technology matters. “Prohibitions of the Antideficiency Act extend to work performed from outside of the office, including via mobile ...

If You Want to Follow Federal Technology News, This App is for You

September 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Good news for all our iPhone-carrying readers out there: Our fabulous team of developers has created an excellent app that delivers all the IT news and analysis on Nextgov along with a couple of additional tools to help you track developments in federal technology. Besides keeping up with reporting by ...

In-Q-Tel Investment Signals Intel Community Focus on Data Sharing

September 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The CIA’s venture capital arm is investing in cloud software provider Socrata Inc., a company that aims to “democratize” access to government data by making information more accessible to the public as well as internally to agency managers. Under the terms of the deal, Socrata Chief Executive Officer Kevin Merritt ...