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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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No, You Shouldn't Roast Marshmallows Over a Volcano Vent

May 29, 2018 Kudos to the scientists and staff at the U.S. Geological Survey for keeping the public informed about the eruption of Hawaii's Kīlauea Volcano. The agency's information response—including video and photo updates—offers a great example of how to educate people about complex scientific activities. The social media team also set up...

Big Changes Ahead for VA After Flurry of Action on Capitol Hill

May 25, 2018 The week leading up to Memorial Day was a busy one for lawmakers concerned about veterans issues. Most significantly, the Senate on May 23 passed landmark legislation that would reform Veterans Affairs Department operations and create new openings for vets to receive private health care. The previous week, the House...

Trump’s Pick to Lead VA Is a Surprise to Many, Including the Nominee

May 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Trump on Friday announced that he intends to nominate Robert Wilkie to lead the Veterans Affairs Department. Wilkie, formerly the Defense Department Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness, has been serving as the acting VA secretary since Trump fired David Shulkin from the post earlier this year. Trump made the...

Trump’s Pick to Lead VA Is a Surprise to Many, Including the Nominee

May 18, 2018 President Trump on Friday announced that he intends to nominate Robert Wilkie to lead the Veterans Affairs Department. Wilkie, formerly the Defense Department undersecretary for personnel and readiness, has been serving as the acting VA secretary since Trump fired David Shulkin from the post earlier this year. Trump made the...

VA’s Interim Leadership Faces Legitimacy Questions

April 2, 2018 Did he quit or was he fired? That’s the central question regarding the departure of former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. The legitimacy of acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie serving in that position could turn on the answer. Under the 1998 Federal Vacancies Reform Act, if a Senate-confirmed official appointed...

Forest Service Chief Abruptly Resigns Over Misconduct Allegations

March 8, 2018 The decades-old culture of sexual harassment at the U.S. Forest Service hit a new low late Wednesday when the agency’s chief, Tony Tooke, abruptly resigned after reports emerged that Tooke was under investigation by the Agriculture Department for sexual misconduct. The Forest Service is part of the department. In a...

New Details on Trump's Performance Pay Plan

March 7, 2018 When the Office of Management and Budget proposed creating a $1 billion interagency workforce fund to “reward and retain high performers” across government, it left a lot of people scratching their heads. The proposal was described in the administration’s budget request to Congress, which included funding plans for both 2018...

White House Will Revise Its 2019 Funding Request In Response to Budget Deal

February 9, 2018 When President Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act into law Friday morning, he apparently consigned legions of budgeteers at the Office of Management and Budget to hours of weekend overtime. Because the law blows through the spending caps imposed on agencies under the 2011 Budget Control Act, the administration must...

After Last-Minute Drama, Congress Passes a Government Funding Bill

February 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It was an unexpected nail-biter: After a short “technical” shutdown, Congress early Friday passed a measure that would raise spending levels by $300 billion over the next two years. The vote came hours after appropriations expired at midnight, shuttering agencies for the second time in three weeks after Sen. Rand...

After Last-Minute Drama, Congress Passes a Government Funding Bill

February 9, 2018 It was an unexpected nail-biter: After a short “technical” shutdown, Congress early Friday passed a measure that would raise spending levels by $300 billion over the next two years. The vote came hours after appropriations expired at midnight, shuttering agencies for the second time in three weeks after Sen. Rand...