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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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Race for Recruits

July 1, 2001 The military services are forming some unusual business alliances in an effort to boost recruiting. he engine exhaust catches in your throat and burns your eyes. The heat is stifling and the noise is deafening. But on a Friday afternoon in May, the Atlanta Dragway is a military recruiter's dream-the ...

Investing in Outreach

July 1, 2001 Then senior leaders at the Health Care Financing Administration set out to make the agency more efficient and user-friendly, they might want to consult with Joyce Jackson. A technical director at the Center for Medicaid and State Operations in HCFA's Baltimore office, Jackson has made outreach the watchword of her ...

Administration seeks base closings, budget boost

June 28, 2001 The Bush administration has decided to seek additional military base closures starting in 2003, and next year will request the biggest overall increase in defense spending in more than a decade, Defense Department officials said Wednesday. The military services have about 25 percent too many bases, Defense Comptroller Dov Zakheim ...

Rumsfeld gives Defense a corporate makeover

June 19, 2001 In a move designed to shake up the status quo at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Monday imposed a new, more corporate management structure that gives the service secretaries much greater responsibility for improving Defense operations than has been the case in the past. The civilian secretaries of ...

Defense panel pushes quality of life improvements

June 14, 2001 A panel commissioned by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld recommended Wednesday that the Defense Department make vast improvements to military housing and bases, and dramatic changes in the military personnel system. "We have too many bases and those bases have too many old structures on them," said retired Adm. David Jeremiah, ...

Spending request for Defense falls short of expectations

June 1, 2001 The Bush administration Thursday revealed plans for the long-awaited cash infusion military leaders have sought for flagging Defense Department programs--and it's about half what the service chiefs previously said they needed. The $5.6 billion the White House will ask Congress to provide in supplemental Defense spending in 2001 will cover ...

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. ...