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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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Money Matters

February 1, 1999 n 1997, for the first time ever, the federal government produced a consolidated, governmentwide financial statement. Or rather, it tried to. It turned out that most of the financial data reported by agencies was so unreliable the statement could not be audited by the General Accounting Office. Among other problems, ...

A Matter of Trust

January 1, 1999 kpeters@govexec.com "Gentlemen, the credibility gap between you and Congress is as wide as the Grand Canyon." -Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. cCain spoke those words in October 1996. He was addressing then-Secretary of Defense William Perry and then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Shalikashvili. Perry and Shalikashvili had ...

Many Threats Yield Many Programs

December 1, 1998 kpeters@govexec.com he Ballistic Missile Defense Organization is pursuing both land- and sea-based systems to effectively counter missile threats both overseas and to the continental United States. "The threat is so varied, and the mission demands so complex, that we do not currently have the technology to allow us to develop ...

Rush to Failure

December 1, 1998 kpeters@govexec.com he deployment of U.S. troops to the Persian Gulf in 1991 to force Iraq out of Kuwait was a wake-up call for military planners. The vulnerability of soldiers to Iraqi Scud missiles demonstrated the critical need for a missile defense system capable of defending large areas by intercepting and ...

Incoming!

December 1, 1998 kpeters@govexec.com n July 15, the bipartisan Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States delivered a sobering report to Congress. The threat of missile attack "is broader, more mature and evolving more rapidly" than has been reported by the intelligence community, the commission concluded. What's more, the ...

A House Divided

November 1, 1998 kpeters@govexec.com n the past five years, the Immigration and Naturalization Service has received what most federal agencies can only dream of: a doubling of its budget and a huge influx personnel. But money and more staff, it turns out, haven't solved the agency's problem--a split personality. The INS is legally ...

DoD civilian education strives for higher grade

October 5, 1998 kpeters@govexec.com The Defense Department's civilian education program got a boost Friday when Defense Secretary William Cohen swore in Jerome F. Smith to become chancellor for education and professional development. The selection of the chancellor fulfills a key recommendation in the Defense Reform Initiative report released last November. The job was ...

Doing More With Less, Again

August 15, 1998 kpeters@govexec.com n the last 10 years, American troops have been deployed overseas for 10 major operations-as many as in the previous 30 years. Of the troops that were sent on those deployments, 70 percent came from the Army. And yet the Army consumes only 24 percent of the Defense budget. ...

Technology Outpaces Procurement Process

August 15, 1998 kpeters@govexec.com or years, one of the biggest challenges to the Air Force's goal of modernizing its aircraft has been instability in funding-the unplanned reprogramming of budgets at the behest of Congress, the Defense Department or even the Air Force itself that results in unexpected expenses for contractors and suppliers, driving ...

Rough Seas for Navy Programs

August 15, 1998 kpeters@govexec.com hat if they held a competition and nobody came? That's essentially what happened when the Navy sought bidders to build the DD-21, the service's next-generation destroyer. Bath Iron Works and Ingalls Shipbuilding, the nation's two top destroyer manufacturers, joined forces with defense giant Lockheed Martin in January to bid ...