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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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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 ...

Roadblock

September 1, 2000 kpeters@govexec.com hile Pentagon watchers in Congress and the media regularly debate the merits of new jets, submarines, aircraft carriers and a host of other new weapons that pack the services' annual budget requests, relatively little attention is paid to the much larger cost of maintaining the department's current arsenal. And ...

Building a Faster, More Versatile Force

August 15, 2000 letters@govexec.com Army leaders have set some ambitious goals for the service over the next few years. Gen. Eric Shinseki, the Army's chief of staff, believes if the service is to be responsive to future threats, it must be able to deploy a combat brigade anywhere in the world in 96 ...

Sailors Win Temporary Reprieve

August 15, 2000 letters@govexec.com or the first time in several years, the Navy's 2001 modernization budget will support procurement of eight new ships a year-funding sufficient to sustain a 300-ship Navy. While that might not seem impressive after the heady days of the 1980s, when the Navy had a 550-plus fleet, it's at ...

Easing the Strain on Planes and People

August 15, 2000 letters@govexec.com ir power has proved to be the military tool of choice in recent conflicts. While that's good news for the Air Force, it's also cause for concern among military planners as the service continues to struggle with recruiting and retention in its most-deployed units. The extraordinarily high operations tempo ...