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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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Video: GSA Exec's Take on Cloud's Silver Lining

November 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Our colleagues at the Government Business Council recently interviewed David McClure, Associate Administrator at GSA, on the promises of cloud computing. McClure acknowledges that closing data centers will inevitably lead to some employees losing their jobs, but says the transition also offers opportunities for retraining workers. While he urged caution ...

Editor's note: Our new logo

October 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We've given Nextgov.com, along with our newsletters, a new look today with a new logo. The change is in connection with the redesign of the October edition of Government Executive magazine, the flagship publication of Government Executive Media Group, which includes Nextgov. To complete the redesign, we hired Pentagram, a ...

Watchdog Applauds GSA's Contractor Database, Despite 'Drab' Look

September 30, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The nonprofit watchdog Project on Government Oversight on Sept. 29 published a critique of the General Services Administration's six-month-old public version of the government's contractor and grantee responsibility database, the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System. POGO, as part of an update of its list of top contractors and ...

Smartphone Nation: Mapping iPhone, Android and BlackBerry Users

September 23, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Over at Atlantic.com Rebecca J. Rosen has posted a fascinating interactive map that allows users to see which phones are dominating in each state, and then compare that information with other demographic data -- population density, political party registration, income levels, even obesity rates. As Rosen writes: The United States ...

LightSquared Network Encounters Interference -- the Political Kind

September 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Things are heating up for LightSquared -- again. The Washington Post reported Friday that House Republican staffers believe officials in the Obama administration improperly influenced an Air Force general's testimony regarding the Virginia company's bid to build a national broadband network. The Daily Beast first reported the incident involving Gen. ...

Brass Creep: A Defense Ailment Ripe for a Budget Cure

September 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates earlier this year proposed cutting 102 general and flag officers as part of a broad efficiency initiative to wring $100 billion out of the Pentagon's overhead costs to spend on troops and weapons. Gates lamented the problem of "brass creep" -- the proliferation of positions ...

The Army Wants Killer Apps, Not Perfect Apps

September 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Maj. Gen. Mark Bowman, the Army's deputy chief information officer, says there are two hurdles slowing the Army's quest to arm soldiers with smartphones on the battlefield. One is the intellectual property associated with developing the software applications those phones use, he told an audience attending a Defense IT panel ...

Military services see innovation as a way to cope with IT budget cuts

September 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senior military technology leaders said they expect advances in thin-client computing, tiered data storage and other innovations in information management will help them achieve substantial savings to cope with inevitable budget cuts on the horizon. "Each service has established [savings] targets internally, and we have set targets at the department ...

Military services see innovation as a way to cope with IT budget cuts

September 13, 2011 Senior military technology leaders said they expect advances in thin-client computing, tiered data storage and other innovations in information management will help them achieve substantial savings to cope with inevitable budget cuts on the horizon. Read the full story on Nextgov.

The Air Force Goes Electric

September 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Air Force plans to ditch many of the gas-guzzling cars and trucks it owns and leases at its base in Los Angeles and replace them with plug-in electric vehicles, service leaders said in a statement last week. The move, which could be completed as soon as January, would make ...