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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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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...

‘Our Public Servants Deserve Better’

July 25, 2018 Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., took to the Senate floor Wednesday to give an impassioned speech defending federal workers and express “great gratitude” for their service to the nation, especially in the face of hostile attacks from the Trump administration. “The way our federal government treats its workforce, the way...

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...