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Katherine McIntire Peters

Executive Editor Katherine Peters leads editorial strategy and operations for Nextgov. She previously was a senior correspondent for Government Executive magazine, where she covered defense, homeland security and energy. Prior to joining Government Executive in 1995, she covered U.S. military operations and training for Army Times.
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Need a Primer for Proper Facebook Conduct? GAO Thinks You Do.

July 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies need to do a better job of explaining to employees how to use social media sites without compromising personal information or data associated with their jobs, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. While the report focused on how agencies are leveraging Twitter, Facebook and similar ...

Reports Highlight Promise and Pitfalls of White House IT Goals

July 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An influential tech industry group on Tuesday released a report with recommendations for developing and deploying cloud services across the federal government, "with the ultimate goal of fostering innovation and economic growth, ensuring U.S. competitiveness, and creating jobs." The Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud, ...

Not so Fast on that Select Cybersecurity Panel

July 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The ink was barely dry on Sen. John McCain's letter to Senate leaders requesting creation of a select committee on cybersecurity and electronic intelligence leaks before Sens. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins jointly issued a letter Wednesday rejecting the move. McCain said a select committee is needed to craft and ...

Misconfigured software poses significant security challenges

June 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Several years ago, when John Gilligan was serving as the chief information officer at the Air Force, he experienced what he calls a major turning point in how he viewed security. Along with the other services, the Air Force was subject to annual penetration analyses by the National Security Agency, ...

Wannabe Chief Yes Officers, Plywood Leadership, and More

June 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed Government Executive Media Group's Excellence in Government conference last month, our events team has created a virtual conference page where you can access all of the sessions online. So you missed the fancy chocolate concoctions at the dessert bar -- you can still find out what ...

Justice Department CIO Vance Hitch tells staff he will retire in July

June 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hours after federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra surprised the Washington technology community with his plans to leave government service, Justice Department CIO Vance Hitch told colleagues he would retire at the end of July. In an email Thursday evening to CIO office staff, Hitch thanked colleagues for their hard ...

From Nextgov: Justice Department CIO Vance Hitch tells staff he will retire in July

June 17, 2011 Hours after federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra surprised the Washington technology community with his plans to leave government service, Justice Department CIO Vance Hitch told colleagues he would retire at the end of July. Read the full story on Nextgov.

Have a Good IT Idea for Government? You Could Win $50,000.

June 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Money talks. Or in this case, the sponsors of a new contest to find "the best idea to fix government," hope it will persuade people far and wide to submit viable technology solutions to improve federal operations. The Merit Awards contest, sponsored by MeriTalk, which describes itself as an IT ...

Tornadoes hamper critical federal operations in Alabama

April 28, 2011 Once again, Mother Nature proves to be the ultimate terrorist. The tornadoes and storms that swept through the South on Wednesday night and Thursday killed more than 200 people and left a million without electricity. While beleaguered residents came to grips with unimaginable devastation, federal leaders grappled with a range ...

As the Worm Turns: Iran Sees Stars

April 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just as computer security experts were coming to terms with the advent of Stuxnet -- the sophisticated computer virus that targets industrial control systems, specifically the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems that are part of Iran's uranium enrichment infrastructure -- Iranian officials now say they've discovered a new worm ...