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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Two-Thirds of Agencies Fail To Fulfill Basic FOIA Requests

April 28, 2015 Just how hard is it to get basic, non-controversial data from most federal agencies under the Freedom of Information Act? Pretty hard, it turns out. Researchers at Syracuse University sent simple FOIA requests to 21 agencies in late January, asking for copies of the electronic files the FOIA offices themselves...

Are Civilian Agencies Held to a Higher Standard Than the Military?

April 9, 2015 There’s nothing like a good scandal involving waste, fraud and abuse to work members of Congress into a state of outrage. After an inspector general report revealed in 2012 that the General Services Administration spent $800,000 on an over-the-top conference at the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas two...

DHS Exec Aided Foreign Investors with Democratic Ties, IG Found

March 24, 2015 In an unusually harsh and detailed report, the Homeland Security Inspector General blasted conduct by the department’s deputy secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, for his efforts to aid politically-connected foreign investors seeking U.S. residency. “Staff witnessed Mr. Mayorkas inserting himself in unprecedented ways into an adjudicative process governed by statute, regulation, and...

TSA Gave Expedited Screening to Former Domestic Terror Group Member

March 20, 2015 The Transportation Security Administration designated a “notorious convicted felon” as suitable for expedited airport screening, allowing the passenger to sail through security without removing his shoes, belt, electronic equipment and toiletries for more rigorous inspection. When an alert TSA officer recognized the individual from media coverage and reported the situation...

Crime and Punishment

March 12, 2015 There’s nothing like a good scandal involving waste, fraud and abuse to work members of Congress into a state of outrage. After an inspector general report revealed in 2012 that the General Services Administration spent $800,000 on an over-the-top conference at the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas two...

Lesson for Congress: Don’t Mess With VA’s Bob McDonald

February 12, 2015 Note to lawmakers: Don’t try grandstanding on issues of accountability with Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald. He’ll dish it right back. At a hearing on VA’s budget this week, Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., accused McDonald of “glossing over” problems at the department—specifically problems at a Denver VA hospital “hundreds of...

The Government Will See You Now

February 3, 2015 When was the last time you interacted with a federal agency to conduct some personal business? If your experience was anything like that of most Americans trying to enroll in a federal program or fulfill some civic duty—clarify a tax issue, update public records—it probably wasn’t great. A report last...

Fiscal 2016 Budget Winners and Losers

February 2, 2015 After years of fiscal austerity, the White House is ready to open the checkbook. While spending at the Agriculture and Health and Human Services departments would remain flat under the Obama administration’s 2016 budget proposal, most agencies would see their budgets grow—substantially in some cases. Among departments and large agencies,...

The Broken Federal Personnel System in 7 Charts

January 21, 2015 Anyone who follows federal programs knows how critical it is that agencies be able to attract and hire highly skilled workers. But they also need to be able to fire those who don’t measure up. We asked Government Business Council, the research arm of Government Executive Media Group, to survey...

In Memoriam: Bob Brewin, 1944-2014

January 21, 2015 We’ve employed many excellent reporters at Government Executive Media Group, but none more passionate or fearless than Bob Brewin. Bob, who spent more than two decades covering defense technology, lost his battle with cancer in December 2014. Bob had a gift for slogging through jargon-laden documents to find hidden gems....

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