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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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HHS Chief Seeks Investigation Into Obamacare Website Contracts

December 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday asked the department’s inspector general to investigate the contracting process behind the government’s botched rollout of the online health insurance exchange in October. In a letter to Inspector General Daniel Levinson, Sebelius said it’s critical to understand the factors that contributed ...

Bold Leaders

November 15, 2013 When we launched the Nextgov Bold Awards earlier this year to recognize innovation in federal technology we frankly didn’t know what to expect. Would enough people respond? Would the nominations be of sufficient quality? Would companies try to turn the program into a platform to promote their products? Happily, the ...

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 ...