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Katherine McFate
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Katherine McFate became the President and CEO of the Center for Effective Government (formerly OMB Watch) in July 2011. Before taking the helm at the Center for Effective Government, she was a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, where she developed and led a grantmaking program on Transparent, Effective and Accountable Government. In this capacity, she supported efforts in the U.S. and globally to create new standards, rules, and practices to make government more open and accountable to the needs and priorities of ordinary people and bring excluded and disenfranchised communities into the political process.

Previously, as a Deputy Director of domestic programs at the Rockefeller Foundation, Katherine directed a research and policy program to strengthen the economic resiliency of American workers in the face of globalization, outsourcing, and the contracting out of public services. In this capacity, and at the Ford Foundation, she supported networks of state and local organizations across the country working to promote a more equitable, inclusive, democratic America. Throughout her work, she has been involved in communications initiatives to understand public attitudes toward government and increase public understanding of and support for the public sector. She has extensive experience with survey research and strategic communications.

Prior to her career in philanthropy, Katherine directed social policy programs for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, authoring a number of reports on U.S. welfare, urban, and employment policies, as well as editing a comparative policy book, Poverty, Inequality and the Future of Social Policy: Western States in the New World Order. Before coming to Washington, she lectured at Yale University where she took her graduate degrees and was a Special Advisor to the City of New Haven on their youth employment programs and anti-poverty policies. She grew up in Columbia, Missouri.

Entries by Katherine McFate

Time for Three Strikes and You're Out for Banks?

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 2:50 PM

On May 20, five of the biggest banks in the world pleaded guilty to charges of interest rate manipulation and agreed to pay $2.8 billion in fines for the felonies they committed. Two of the banks, J.P. Morgan Chase and Citigroup, are U.S.-based. Each has a long rap sheet of...

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People Need Their Medicine. We Have to Move the Mail.

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 4:53 PM

During Public Service Recognition Week, Remember the Unsung Heroes of Hurricane Sandy: Postal Workers!

In 2013, Hurricane Sandy pushed a wall of water into New York Harbor, turning streets into rivers and basements into lakes. A power station on the lower west side of Manhattan was one of the first...

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Lessons From the Fair Labor Standards Act

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 2:05 PM

Seventy-five years ago, Franklin Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) into law. It was a weak version of its original design: the law applied only to industries in which about a fifth of the labor force was employed; maximum work hours were set at 44 hours and the...

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Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 2:27 PM

The holiday tale of Ebenezer Scrooge provides a useful vehicle for illustrating the message of a new report, Sensible Safeguards: The Gift that Keeps on Giving.

The ghost of Christmas past: When A Christmas Carol was written in 1843, England's early industrial revolution was unencumbered by employment...

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Regulatory Accountability Act Would Undermine Crucial Protections for the American People

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 2:50 PM

Eliminating lead in children's toys. Requiring seat belts in automobiles. Reducing coal dust in mines. Preventing unsafe drugs and foods from entering the marketplace. Outlawing predatory loan rates and lending practices. If the bill deliberately mislabeled the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) had been put in place in 1960, none of...

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The Biggest Loser in the Debt Ceiling Deal: American Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 3:48 PM

Like everyone else in the country, at OMB Watch, we are trying to find a sliver of hope in the outcome of the debt ceiling debacle. We are relieved that default was avoided, since the immediate repercussions could have been worse than the volatility we've seen in recent days. But...

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