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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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Agencies Struggle to Find Talent, but Use Only a Fraction of Available Hiring Options

September 1, 2016 Fourteen years ago, auditors at the Government Accountability Office noted that federal managers had complained for years that hiring procedures were too rigid and complex. The main complaint was about “competitive examining,” the most commonly used federal hiring authority, which requires agencies to publicize job openings, screen applications against minimum...

An Extraordinary Fed: Katharine Blodgett Gebbie, 1932-2016

August 31, 2016 She was a gifted scientist, an adventurer who piloted her own plane and a generous colleague with a weakness for good Scotch. America lost a true visionary this summer with the death of Katharine Blodgett Gebbie on Aug. 17—and the federal government lost one of the greatest managers any agency...

OPM Tries to Thwart Political Appointees Trying to Burrow In to the Bureaucracy

August 19, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management last week issued a memo to agency leaders aimed at preventing officials appointed by President Obama from illegally “burrowing in” to career federal positions during the transition to a new administration. In early July, lawmakers asked OPM to provide Congress with information about any agency...

Improving Customer Experience, When the Taxpayer Is Your Customer

August 8, 2016 The customer may not always be right, but successful businesses know that it’s best to treat them as if they are (and when they’re wrong, to let them down ever so gently). Friendly, efficient, competent service fosters loyalty, and in the private sector, that engenders growth and profitability. For government...

The Fight Over How to Avoid a Government Shutdown Is Just Getting Started

July 15, 2016 Members of Congress on Friday prepared to leave Washington for their summer recess without having completed a single one of the dozen appropriations bills required to fund government operations in 2017. That sets the stage for a contentious budget battle when lawmakers return to work in September following the Labor...

How Well Do You Really Know the Presidential Candidates?

June 23, 2016 Do you remember which presidential candidate threatened to “beat [another candidate’s] rear end” on stage? Or which one accused the Syrian president of invading . . . Syria? Like others, we’ve tried to bury the memories. But a new quiz over at the Atlantic has resurrected those dark moments and...

Congress, Obama Administration Face Off Over Firing Executives

June 17, 2016 This story has been updated with comments from the Senior Executives Association and from VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson. The Veterans Affairs Department will no longer use the authority Congress granted it in 2014 to quickly fire poorly performing senior executives or those involved in wrongdoing, VA told lawmakers Friday,...

If You Think the Navy Spends Most of Its Procurement Budget on Ships, Think Again.

April 27, 2016 You might assume the Navy spends most of its weapons budget on its fleet of aircraft carriers, submarines, destroyers and other ships. But you would be wrong. The sea service spends most of its budget on aircraft—by a substantial margin. An analysis by Govini, a data analytics company, shows that...

7 Leadership Principles from Women in National Security

March 11, 2016 Twenty-three years ago this month, I was a young reporter covering the U.S. military intervention in Somalia. Operation Restore Hope never lived up to its name, but as a reporting gig, it was exhilarating. My job wasn’t exactly remarkable—by 1993, female journalists had been covering combat operations for at least...

Poor Leadership Derailed Obamacare Rollout, Not Technology

February 23, 2016 Management really does matter. That’s the takeaway message of a case study of how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services fumbled the implementation of HealthCare.gov, the website through which people may purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature domestic policy initiative. “Most critical was the...

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