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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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VanRoekel: Don't Let Sunk Costs Sink Innovation

February 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Too many federal officials believe that to do more you have to spend more, but in fact that opposite can be true, acccording to the Obama administration's top technology official. "There's a general culture of big failure," said Steven VanRoekel, federal chief information officer. Big ideas too often lead to...

Edward Snowden and the Power of Cloud Computing

January 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Allison Stanger has an excellent piece over at Quartz titled “Why Edward Snowden is not a whistleblower.” Setting aside the title’s assertion, the Leng Professor of International Politics and Economics at Middlebury College makes a compelling case for the revolutionary power of cloud computing. Cloud computing itself isn’t exactly new,...

Drone Testing Could Soon Come to an Airfield Near You

December 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following a 10-month evaluation process, the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday announced it had picked six entities across the country to research and test the use of remotely-piloted aircraft in domestic airspace. While the potential widespread use of drones has alarmed privacy advocates and some safety officials, Transportation Secretary Anthony...

HHS Chief Seeks Investigation Into Obamacare Website Contracts

December 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday asked the department’s inspector general to investigate the contracting process behind the government’s botched rollout of the online health insurance exchange in October. In a letter to Inspector General Daniel Levinson, Sebelius said it’s critical to understand the factors that contributed...

Bold Leaders

November 15, 2013 When we launched the Nextgov Bold Awards earlier this year to recognize innovation in federal technology we frankly didn’t know what to expect. Would enough people respond? Would the nominations be of sufficient quality? Would companies try to turn the program into a platform to promote their products? Happily, the...

IT Procurement Reform Comes with a Price Tag: $145 Million

November 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bipartisan bill aimed at reforming the way agencies buy information technology would cost $145 million to implement through 2018, the Congressional Budget Office has determined. The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, known as FITARA, would give agency chief information officers more authority and responsibility for justifying IT expenditures...

Three Technology Trends Driving Big Changes for Federal Managers

November 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The bungled rollout of HealthCare.gov has created a crisis of confidence in government’s ability to execute technologically complex undertakings. Nevermind the human genome project, NASAs exploration of Mars or a host of other breakthrough initiatives, the collateral damage inflicted by the malfunctioning insurance exchange has politicians, taxpayers and even federal...

How to Build an Effective Government Website

October 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You might not know it from all the negative publicity surrounding the rollout of HealthCare.gov, but it really is possible for federal officials to create a searchable, public facing website that integrates complex government data sets from disparate sources and computer systems. Just ask the folks at the Recovery Accountability...

Obama’s Top Tech Official: HealthCare.gov Is a ‘Teachable Moment’

October 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Correction: This story initially said VanRoekel did not take questions from the audience. He did take questions later, following another speaker's remarks. There were no questions on HealthCare.gov. In his first public remarks in seven months, Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel told an audience dominated by IT contractors that...

Feds Could Exploit Open Data Policies to Improve Management

October 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow My colleague Brittany Ballenstedt has a blog post today about how innovative feds can use application programming interfaces to bypass reluctant leaders who may not see the value of changing the way their organization does business. Most of the discussion about APIs has focused on how data can be marshalled...

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