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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. She previously was executive editor of Nextgov.
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FEMA Administrator Brock Long Resigns

February 13, 2019 As House Oversight and Reform Committee lawmakers gear up for investigations into the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to catastrophic hurricanes in 2017, FEMA Administrator Brock Long on Wednesday announced his departure: “While this has been the opportunity of a lifetime, it is time for me to go home to...

Trump on a Feb. 15 Shutdown: 'We've Set the Stage for What Is Going to Happen'

January 31, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Less than a week after President Trump ended the longest-ever government shutdown, he suggested he is willing to force another partial government shutdown on Feb. 15 if lawmakers don’t provide funding for a wall along the Southwest border. Or perhaps he will declare a national emergency. What he's not willing...

Trump on a Feb. 15 Shutdown: 'We've Set the Stage for What Is Going to Happen'

January 31, 2019 Less than a week after President Trump ended the longest-ever government shutdown, he suggested he is willing to force another partial government shutdown on Feb. 15 if lawmakers don’t provide funding for a wall along the Southwest border. Or perhaps he will declare a national emergency. What he's not willing...

Days Into the Shutdown, the Costs Are Mounting

December 28, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government shutdowns are expensive. For government workers, the costs are personal—the mortgage payments, school tuition and utility bills will keep coming, even if paychecks are disrupted. Feds may eventually be compensated for lost wages (Congress has authorized retroactive pay for furloughed workers during past shutdowns), but if the shutdown drags...

Days Into the Shutdown, the Costs Are Mounting

December 28, 2018 Government shutdowns are expensive. For government workers, the costs are personal—the mortgage payments, school tuition and utility bills will keep coming, even if paychecks are disrupted. Feds may eventually be compensated for lost wages (Congress has authorized retroactive pay for furloughed workers during past shutdowns), but if the shutdown drags...

No, U.S. Troops Are Not Getting a 10% Pay Raise

December 27, 2018 Perhaps he got carried away in the euphoria of the moment. Or perhaps he was just voicing a wish (it’s the season of wish lists, after all). But when President Trump told U.S. troops during a surprise Christmas visit to Iraq that he was giving them a 10 percent pay...

Get Ready for a Shutdown ‘For a Very Long Time’ Trump Warns

December 21, 2018 What seemed unlikely a week ago appeared far more likely on Friday morning: a partial government shutdown that could last “for a very long time,” President Trump threatened in an early morning tweet. Trump was emboldened by the passage of a continuing resolution in the House Thursday evening that would...

Pentagon's First Departmentwide Audit Is a Major Milestone

November 26, 2018 Break out the champagne: Earlier this month, the Defense Department produced its first departmentwide financial statement audit. Ever. For an entity that traces its roots to 1789 and whose books have long been impenetrable to armies of auditors, even a failing grade is cause for positive recognition. While the audit...

Trump: ‘This Would be a Very Good Time to do a Shutdown’

November 18, 2018 Like the rest of society, the federal government is composed of haves and have-nots—those agencies that are funded through the remainder of fiscal 2019, and those that are operating on stopgap funds set to expire on Dec. 7. While the departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Energy,...

Why Trump's Pay Freeze Move Shouldn't Have Surprised Anyone

August 31, 2018 It’s a ritual only a wonk (or a federal employee) could fully appreciate: Every year since 1994, the president, by the end of August, must submit to Congress a plan for paying federal employees in the following fiscal year. That’s what President Trump did yesterday. This “alternative” pay plan is...