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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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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 ...

One Chart Shows One Big Problem With Defense Contracting: Competition Is Declining

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 ...

Wanted: Bold Leaders Who’ve Taken Risks to Make Government Work Better

May 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s time for the annual Nextgov Bold Awards to honor federal employees who are using technology in innovative ways to tackle some of government’s thorniest problem and, against considerable odds, are succeeding. You know who we’re talking about. It’s the woman in the cubicle next to you who wouldn’t take ...

Pentagon Gets New Acting Chief Information Officer

May 14, 2014 Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work announced in a memo to staff Tuesday that Navy Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen would become the department's acting CIO next week. David Devries, the department's deputy CIO for information enterprise, has been holding the post in an acting capacity since Teri Takai stepped ...

Pentagon CIO Shuffle: Navy Exec Takes the Reins at Defense

May 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work announced in a memo to staff Tuesday that Navy Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen would become the department's acting CIO next week. David Devries, the department's deputy CIO for information enterprise, has been holding the post in an acting capacity since Teri Takai stepped ...

Federal Managers Need Better Training in Data Analytics

May 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While agencies are generating a lot more data than they used to, the promise of "big data" remains elusive for many organizations because the information is either insufficient, unreliable or managers don't know how to use it -- or all three. "Our No. 1 objective is to make sure data ...

One Chart Shows Why You Shouldn’t Trust the Feds With Your Data

April 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We reported in January about the spike in government data breaches that has compromised the personal information of federal employees and citizens. A report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office shows that security incidents involving personally identifiable information more than doubled between 2009, when there were 10,481 such breaches, ...

State Taps Atlantic Media CTO to Manage Digital Diplomacy Program

March 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tom Cochran, the former director of New Media Technologies at the White House before becoming chief technology officer at Atlantic Media, Nextgov's parent company, returned to government today to work in the State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs. As managing director, Cochran will support the Obama administration's foreign policy ...