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 and Government Executive magazine. She previously was executive editor of Nextgov.
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Lawmakers Ask Trump to Reconsider Federal Hiring Freeze

January 9, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump wouldn’t be the first commander in chief to impose a hiring freeze on federal agencies. Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan both tried it, but the policy didn’t do much to reign in government. In fact, it proved counterproductive to their aims. That’s according to a 34-year-old Government...

Trump’s Pick to Lead OMB Supports Privatizing Some Federal Operations, Cutting Workforce

December 17, 2016 In a move that’s sure to please the conservative House Freedom Caucus, Donald Trump tapped one of the group’s founders, South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney, to lead the Office of Management and Budget. Mulvaney has been a leader in recent efforts to shut down the government over spending in areas...

Remembering Veterans on Pearl Harbor Day

December 7, 2016 Seventy-five years after Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor slaughtered 2,403 Americans and launched an unprepared nation into World War II, that conflict remains for many, the “good war.” The war was unavoidable (though the U.S. long tried to avoid it); the stakes and battle lines were clear, and it...

The Government's Landlord Needs to Explain How It Will Resolve Trump's Hotel Lease

December 1, 2016 Nobody is arguing that the General Services Administration did anything wrong in leasing the Old Post Office Pavilion to the Trump Organization through a bidding process that began in 2008, well before Donald Trump decided to run for president. But when Trump declared his candidacy for president in August 2015,...

Most Feds Could Save $2K or More By Switching Health Insurance

November 25, 2016 Does open season make your head hurt? Weighing your health insurance options—and all the potential scenarios under which you might need care—can be overwhelming. But before you throw your hands up and opt to stay with the plan you already have, know that you could be leaving some serious money...

FEC Flags More Than 1,000 Possible Errors in Trump Campaign Filings

November 21, 2016 The Federal Election Commission on Sunday sent Timothy Jost, treasurer of Donald J. Trump For President, Inc., a letter requesting clarification for about 1,100 campaign contributions totalling $1.3 million. The commission is concerned that donors were not properly registered with the FEC and may have exceeded legal limits on contributions....

Transition Shakeout: Pence Takes the Helm

November 11, 2016 Less than three days after the election that shook the world, President elect Donald Trump shook up his own transition team. He announced Friday that running mate Mike Pence would take over leadership of the effort from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. According to the New York Times, Trump felt...

The Trump Transition Goes Digital

November 10, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For folks out there concerned that the next president might not know his way around a computer, rest assured President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team does. Government’s newest website,, offers an overview of Trump’s top priorities, from regulatory reform to building that wall, as well as information about the mechanics...

The Trump Transition Goes Digital

November 10, 2016 For folks out there concerned that the next president might not know his way around a computer, rest assured President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition team does. Government’s newest website,, offers an overview of Trump’s top priorities, from regulatory reform to building that wall, as well as information about the mechanics...

Voting in Five Battleground States Could Reshape Federal Contracting

November 1, 2016 With the Nov. 8 election just a week away, a new report by big data and analytics firm Govini shows how the outcome of highly-contested races in five key battleground states may affect federal spending in those states. “An often overlooked but significant outcome of the presidential campaigning is the...

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