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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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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...

Shutdown Will Continue Monday, Triggering Furloughs for Hundreds of Thousands of Feds

January 21, 2018 Lawmakers on Sunday failed to reach a budget compromise that would allow federal agencies to return to normal operations on Monday following a funding lapse that took effect at midnight Friday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took to the floor Sunday night to announce that the chamber would vote...

Thousands of Federal Workers in Limbo as Shutdown Drags On

January 21, 2018 Lawmakers on Sunday appeared far from reaching a budget compromise that would allow federal agencies to return to normal operations on Monday following a funding lapse that took effect at midnight Friday. As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., put it: “This shutdown is gonna get a lot worse tomorrow.”...

CDC To Brief the Public on Responding to a Nuclear Attack

January 5, 2018 As the war of words between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un escalated this week, stoking worries about nuclear conflict, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a briefing later this month on the public health response to a nuclear detonation. “While a nuclear detonation is...