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Katherine McIntire Peters

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.
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.
Defense

Pentagon Watchdog to Review Military’s Border Support Mission, Spending

The Defense inspector general plans to evaluate training and deployment costs, and whether funding meets legal and policy standards.

Management

‘Take Action Now to Defend This Great Institution,’ Yovanovitch Implores Congress

The former ambassador to Ukraine warns of irreparable harm to U.S. interests as “loyal” civil servants come under attack.

Management

Agencies May Now Enforce Trump’s Controversial Workforce Orders

An expired court injunction clears the way for the administration to significantly curtail the power of federal employee unions.

Management

Trump’s Tweets on Census Question Create Havoc for Feds

We rarely see the direct link between President Trump’s comments and government officials’ ability to work effectively and be taken seriously. That’s why this transcript is so compelling.

Oversight

Former HUD Executive Indicted in Procurement Fraud Scheme

Eghbal “Eddie” Saffarinia, former assistant inspector general for IT, allegedly steered contracts to a friend’s company and failed to disclose cash payments.

Management

Trump Administration Backs Off Plan to Close Forest Service Job Corps Centers

USDA and Labor sparked bipartisan furor in a move that would have eliminated 1,100 federal jobs.

Management

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Management

Labor Department Asks USDA to Reconsider Job Corps Center Decision

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue had planned to eliminate the centers—and 1,100 federal jobs—from USDA’s portfolio, but lawmakers, and apparently President Trump, have other ideas.

Pay & Benefits

Early Retirement, Severance Options Unclear for Forest Service Workers Facing Layoffs

The decision to eliminate 1,100 Forest Service jobs by Sept. 30 leaves a lot of unanswered questions for employees.

Management

USDA to Seek Reduction in Force for 1,100 Employees

The Trump administration plans to close or transfer to the private sector 24 Job Corps Conservation Centers that train young people for work on public land.

Management

Agencies Could Weed Out Poor Managers Early, But They Rarely Do

Just seven out of every 1,000 new supervisors failed the probationary period, MSPB found.

Management

Shake Up at Homeland Security as Border Crisis Mounts

President Trump pledged to go in a "tougher" direction after withdrawing his nomination to lead ICE on Friday and accepting Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's resignation on Sunday.

Pay & Benefits

The Retroactive Pay Raise Is in 'Final Clearance' Stage, says White House Official

"It is exceedingly legalistic as to how we get this squared away," said Margaret Weichert, acting OPM director.

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Management

FEMA Administrator Brock Long Resigns

His departure comes as the agency faces increased scrutiny for its response during previous disasters.

Management

Days Into the Shutdown, the Costs Are Mounting

The mortgage payments, school tuition and utility bills will keep coming, even if paychecks are disrupted.

Defense

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

President Trump announced the surprise windfall during a surprise visit to troops in Iraq. But it’s not true.

Management

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

The president unleashed a torrent of tweets Friday to demand a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border.

Defense

Pentagon's First Departmentwide Audit Is a Major Milestone

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.