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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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Rumsfeld makes space operations a priority at Defense

May 9, 2001 In his first major decision on revamping the military forces, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Tuesday announced far-reaching changes to military space programs and gave the Air Force responsibility for all space operations within the Defense Department. The Army and Navy will retain space programs and expertise unique to ...

Military recruiting improving, but remains fragile

April 25, 2001 Military leaders are cautiously optimistic about the services' improving ability to recruit and retain adequate numbers of troops, but they warn that it's far too soon to claim victory in the ongoing battle to sustain the all-volunteer force. In a hearing Tuesday before the personnel panel of the Senate Armed ...

Money Pit

April 15, 2001 Agencies are struggling to resolve long-standing financial management problems. In the meantime, resources are squandered and citizens suffer. f you want to see the human consequences of poor federal financial management, visit an Indian reservation. With a few notable exceptions, almost any reservation will do. What you'll find are the ...

Trail of Trouble

April 15, 2001 Woeful management at the Bureau of Indian Affairs is the legacy of government's historical oppression of the people the agency serves. ast summer, during the worst wildfire season on record, a computer network at the Bureau of Indian Affairs went down, taking with it critical weather information needed by firefighters. ...

Timber Tension

April 15, 2001 The Forest Service is at the center of a national debate over federal land management policies. ong-serving Forest Service employees can remember a time when a background in forestry was the most useful tool a forest supervisor could have. Today, a degree in sociology or conflict resolution might be better. ...

Choices in Defense

January 1, 2001 hen George W. Bush becomes commander in chief later this month, he will inherit a Defense Department at a crossroads. For years Defense has been hedging its bets, attempting to be all things to all who made demands of it. Whether the call was for warfighters, peacekeepers, nation builders, disaster ...

Urban Challenge

December 1, 2000 he poor health status of Native Americans is firmly rooted in the history of the United States. As Europeans flocked to the New World beginning in the 16th century, the aboriginal inhabitants of the land were systematically pushed, by force and by treaty, from their homelands onto ever-smaller, less-productive parcels ...

The Long Wait

December 1, 2000 Indian tribes were promised adequate health care by the government treaties that took their land away. Generations later, most are still waiting. t's a long drive from the capital of the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Okla., to the rural Indian medical clinic in Nowata, in the northeast corner of the ...

Netting Lost Billions

October 1, 2000 letters@govexec.com ears ago, wholesale giant Costco decided to hire an outside accounting firm to go over its records to make sure it wasn't overpaying vendors. But before the auditors even arrived, a surprising thing happened. "A few vendors showed up with large checks," remembers Costco senior vice president Vince Carney. ...

Indian Affairs leader issues sweeping apology

September 11, 2000 In a moving speech before employees of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Friday, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs Kevin Gover apologized for the agency's past actions that have devastated Indian communities. The occasion was the agency's 175th anniversary celebration at Interior Department headquarters in Washington. "Today, I ...