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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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Ridge speaks out on restructuring homeland security agencies

May 30, 2002 The White House is poised to recommend reorganizing federal agencies to more effectively control people and goods at U.S. borders and help local police, firefighters and health care workers respond after terrorist attacks. The recommendations are to be included in the homeland security strategy, which is being developed by the...

GAO: Army transformation goals may slip

May 24, 2002 Military regional commanders in chief say they are eager for the Army to field new medium-weight brigades, but a new General Accounting Office study warns that the brigades may not live up to the Army's billing, at least initially. High personnel turnover, delays in equipment development and shortfalls in the...

Small Change

May 15, 2002 Although most federal agencies still can't manage their finances reliably, many are making progress. ust as April showers bring May flowers, there's a certain predictability to the federal financial audits released every spring. Most agencies' annual financial statements now pass muster with independent auditors-18 of 24 agencies required by law...

Army official resigns over Crusader probe

May 10, 2002 A top official in the Army's Congressional liaison office resigned Friday after an investigation by the Army's inspector general showed he produced inflammatory and misleading "talking points" on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's decision to cancel the Crusader howitzer program earlier this week. According to statement released by the Army, Kenneth...

Exercise tests Pentagon response to attack

May 8, 2002 Nearly eight months after terrorists flew a hijacked passenger jet into the Pentagon, the nation's military headquarters was once again the scene of a terrorist attack. This time, though, the casualties were faked. About 300 people took part in a mock chemical attack in the Pentagon's center courtyard Wednesday, to...

Army inspector general probes Crusader lobbying

May 3, 2002 The Army's inspector general is investigating the conduct of Army officials who sought support from members of Congress for the controversial Crusader howitzer program after Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced his intention to cancel the program. The investigation is a significant embarrassment for the Army and Army Secretary Thomas White,...

Lost In Translation

May 1, 2002 A critical shortage of federal employees with foreign language skills is hurting national security. hen then-CIA field agent Robert Baer served in Tajikistan in the early 1990s, he saw a golden opportunity to collect information that might prove vital to U.S. interests. Thousands of refugees were pouring into Tajikistan from...

Lacking a strategy, homeland security languishes

April 30, 2002 The Bush administration is not doing enough to protect Americans from future terrorist attacks, according to lawmakers and a new study on homeland security released Tuesday by the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. The study, "Protecting the American Homeland: A Preliminary Analysis," concludes that the White House Office of...

Security vs. Bureaucracy

April 1, 2002 After terrorists, the biggest threat Tom Ridge faces may come from the agencies he oversees. omeland Security Director Tom Ridge should consider the advice of British author Agatha Christie, who once observed: "Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody." Not surprisingly, Ridge, who recently...

Army revamps installation management

March 25, 2002 For years, garrison commanders have waged a series of losing battles against the Army's major commands to cover the costs of maintaining and operating facilities and services at their installations. Under a new installation management plan set to begin in October, they will have a fighting chance. Under the new...