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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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Video: Jon Stewart's 'Progress Report' on VA Claims Backlog

May 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the VA executives who won't be receiving bonuses this year, comedian Jon Stewart had this to say: "To have the government promise you a benefit and then not deliver it, I can't imagine." But maybe the nearly 900,000 veterans waiting for Veterans Affairs Department officials to adjudicate their claims ...

Eight Agencies Make Harvard’s Top 25 List for Government Innovation

May 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A group of policy experts, researchers and practitioners singled out nine federal programs for innovation in addressing a host of public challenges, including crime, health disparities, environmental degradation and economic development. The programs, executed by eight federal agencies, are among 25 named in this year’s Innovations in American Government Award ...

Meet Two Feds Who Made Government Work Better

April 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here at Nextgov we spend a lot of time looking at how federal employees use, and sometimes misuse, technology. What animates our coverage is the belief that the $80 billion agencies spend annually on IT ought to make government work better and serve citizens more effectively. Unfortunately, when most Americans ...

Got a Problem with IT Reform? Let us Know.

March 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As most Nextgov readers know by now, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., have co-sponsored a bill that would dramatically overhaul the way federal agencies buy information technology. Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unanimously passed the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. Among other ...

Empowering Innovation One Great Idea at a Time

March 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When a State Department employee assigned to the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China, worried that pollution there might harm his children if they played outside, he did what any innovative, over-achieving tech-savvy parent might do -- he created a software application to record air quality as measured by Environmental Protection ...

Pentagon Grounds F-35 Aircraft Fleet

February 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Defense officials on Friday said they were suspending all F-35 flights after engineers at Edwards Air Force Base in California found a crack on an engine blade during a routine inspection. “It is too early to know the fleetwide impact of the recent finding,” the Pentagon said in a statement. ...

To cut costs, Defense and VA scrap plans for new electronic health record

February 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki announced late Tuesday they would forgo plans to build a new health records system to be used jointly by the departments and instead pursue less expensive technologies to make their respective systems more interoperable. The new approach will significantly cut ...

Cyber Command’s growth plan raises a lot of questions

January 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Defense Department officials are planning a huge expansion of U.S. Cyber Command into three “teams” to protect privately owned and operated critical infrastructure such as the electricity grid and banking system; help commanders execute cyberattacks during military operations; and protect Pentagon networks, the Washington Post reported late Sunday. According to ...

Pentagon’s cyber pilot dropout rate signals trouble ahead

October 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Defense executives can’t be happy that nearly one-third of the companies participating in a Pentagon pilot program to boost cybersecurity by sharing classified threat information have dropped out, apparently because it was too onerous to participate. Five of the 17 companies in the Defense Industrial Base Enhanced Cybersecurity Services group ...

GSA considers creating a cloud services brokerage

July 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration is asking vendors to submit ideas for creating new acquisition vehicles for Web-based storage and computing services. “One emerging concept in cloud computing is that of a ‘cloud broker’ or an entity that manages the use, performance and delivery of cloud services and negotiates relationships between ...