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Caitlin Fairchild

Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
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Video: Open Data and Fostering Citizen Advocacy

March 2, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow How does an organization function when it can't easily access its own data? Julie Steenson, senior performance management analyst for Kansas City, Missouri, details the problems the city encountered with that scenario, before unlocking years of data to create a central platform, accessible for all departments. "We didn't even really ...

Video: Open Data Transparency Is Just the Beginning

February 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hudson Hollister, the executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition, a trade organization that lobbies for open data, is trying to get the federal government to see the other benefits of open data. Hollister specifically wants to get beyond the idea of transparency as the main benefit of open data ...

Infographic: Telework Savings Across the Country

February 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As more federal agencies allow telework, government employees are discovering the time and money saved in avoiding a commute to the office. Nationally, the average amount of money saved is more than $10,000 per person. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the large contingent of federal employees in the Washington, D.C., area, WalletHub's ...

Video: How to Solve an Open Data Problem

February 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With increasingly widespread use of big data and open data, numbers seem like the solution to all problems. Waldo Jaquith, director of U.S. Open Data Institute, however, feels that open data has a long way to go. "I think those of us who are in the practice of producing open ...

HealthCare.gov 2.0: By the Numbers

February 13, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What a difference a year makes. Since HealthCare.gov relaunched last fall, customer experience appears to have drastically improved. The Department of Health and Human Services released a fact-sheet, based on numbers from this year’s open enrollment, which ends Feb. 15. The numbers are current as of of Feb. 11. Here ...

When Will Santa Drop by Your House? Track His Every Movement With NORAD

December 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A tradition since 1955, NORAD is once again tracking Santa Claus on his journey around the globe December 24. About 1,250 Canadian and U.S. military personnel, as well as civilian Defense Department employees volunteer their Christmas eve to track Santa's sleigh and field calls from children all over the world. ...

Infographic: 8 Things to Look for During Orion's Test Flight

December 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA's Orion's space capsule will soon take its first test flight -- one of the space agency's first steps to eventually getting astronauts to Mars. Originally scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 4, the launch was postponed because of high winds and a malfunctioning valve. Orion will now launch Friday, Dec. 5 ...

Infographic: The DATA Act, an Overview

December 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress last month passed the 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, which aims to transform all federal spending information into standardized data. However, questions still remain as to how much transparency the legislation will actually bring to government spending. For everything you need to know about the DATA Act, check ...

Infographic: Understanding the Grid

December 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The grid powers everything, but how does it really work? From generation to transmission and distribution, understanding the intricacies of the system can help government protect it better from cyber attacks and other threats. Check out the infographic from the Energy Department below: (Image via gyn9037/Shutterstock.com)

Infographic: The Landscape of Location-Based Data

December 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Big data has become integral to government technology. But what will happen in the future? Deloitte's Gov2020 initiative predicts "location becomes an integral dimension of data, allowing information patterns and decisions to be viewed through the lens of place." According to Gov2020, everything from medicine to energy will have a ...