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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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Tech Roundup

July 1, 2012 Network Defense The Obama administration is expanding to all military contractors a computer security program that shares classified threat information. After a year of trials with select vendors, the Defense Industrial Base, or DIB, cybersecurity pilot program will invite all military vendors and their Internet service providers to voluntarily join ...

Got a question about the FedRAMP cloud security program?

June 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Today, federal officials began accepting applications for security certification under the Federal Risk and Authorization management Program. By establishing industry-wide security standards for vendors offering Web-based software services and data storage, officials believe FedRAMP will significantly improve data protections and simplify the process for purchasing cloud services. While the program ...

Cloud security accreditation program takes flight

June 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government on Wednesday will begin accepting security certification applications from companies that provide software services and data storage through the cloud. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, the governmentwide cloud security assessment plan known as FedRAMP, aims to protect federal data as agencies increasingly turn to Web-based ...

Companies are mining data to solve real world challenges

May 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Big data has been making big news in fields ranging from astronomy to online advertising. The term big data can be difficult to pin down because it shows up in so many places. Facebook crunches through big data on your user profile and friend network to deliver micro-targeted ads. Google ...

A message from the Editor

April 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Welcome to the new Nextgov. We’ve redesigned the website to better showcase our award-winning journalism and bring you a broader array of information about technology and the business of government. While the new site is a dramatic visual departure from our previous design, the improvements are more than cosmetic. We’ve ...

Can a Bake Sale Save NASA?

April 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s come to this. Space aficionados, scientists and other friends of NASA have decided to tap a great American tradition to shore up the space agency’s planetary exploration budget -- they’ve planned a nationwide fundraising bake sale and car wash for June 9. That’s right. The folks that put a ...

Defense Defends Telework

April 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department announced a new telework policy for its civilians Friday. The policy requires the heads of Pentagon components to promote telework by removing "artificial barriers" to the program. It requires the department to authorize the practice for the maximum number of positions without compromising mission readiness, according to ...

GSA's Martha Johnson, teleconference proponent, is undone by live event

April 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In October 2010, right around the time General Services Administration officials were attending the lavish training conference in Las Vegas that forced the resignation of administrator Martha Johnson on Monday, GSA was encouraging agencies to conduct more virtual meetings to save money and cut greenhouse gas emissions. "As the federal ...

Help Us Celebrate Your Failures. Really.

March 28, 2012 You’ve heard the expression “success has many fathers; failure is an orphan.” Help us turn that around at our May 7 Excellence in Government conference here in Washington. We’re looking for a few brave souls willing to own their failures in the interest of helping their peers learn from their ...

DARPA Eyes Battlefield Medicine Manufacturing

March 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency launched a project yesterday called Bio-MOD -- Biologically-derived Medicines on Demand -- to develop portable gizmos to manufacture medicines on the battlefield. DARPA wants researchers to concentrate on developing a system that can quickly manufacture in remote outposts a class of medicines called protein ...