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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: Tips to Boost Password Security

3:52 PM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the recent Yahoo hack affecting 500 million user accounts, there's no better time to get serious about password security. Try to change your account passwords on a regular basis, especially if you have a Yahoo account and the password associated with it is one you use on other sites....

Video: BlackBerry Officially Has Stopped Making BlackBerrys

September 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For years, BlackBerry was the device of choice for politicians and top government officials, prized for its easy-to-use keyboard and stronger security measures. Since then, it's been outpaced and replaced by touch-screen devices like iPhones and Androids. The company behind the infamous little phone has announced it will stop building...

Video: What Does Gut Bacteria Have to Do With Space Travel?

September 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There's a lot of things NASA has to study before it's planned, manned mission to Mars in the 2030s. Astronaut Scott Kelly's famous year spent in space provided a jumping off point for a lot of research on how the human body functions in low gravity, high radiation environments for...

Video: How NASA's Star Shade Will Help Us Find Life in the Universe

September 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Getting a good look at planets orbiting other stars is a difficult task, but NASA has developed a solution using the power of origami: the Star Shade. The Star Shade is shaped like a large bicycle wheel and is about the size of a baseball diamond once fully opened. But...

Video: One Trick to Stay Secure While Online Shopping

September 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Online shopping is one of the most convenient ways to get everything you need, but often that convenience comes at a security cost. Shoppers can do several things to protect their financial information, including adding two-factor authentication to their bank login (as well as every login). Shopping with a virtual...

Video: How Will Congress Fund the Modernizing Government Technology Act?

September 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Recently the Modernizing Government Technology Act passed through a vote in the House. A panel of experts, including Nextgov's own Mohana Ravindranath sat down to discuss what it would take for the bill to pass through the Senate. Lawmakers biggest concerns about the legislation would likely include funding, according to...

Video: Evaluating Radiation Protection Plans for Astronauts

September 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA's Orion spacecraft will one day take astronauts out into deep space. Until that time, engineers, astronauts and designers are conducting testing in a representative model of the Orion spacecraft at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Most recently, designers of the Orion capsule are testing their plan for encountering...

Video: Tesla's Improved Software Interface

September 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine you could change your car with the push of a button. Tesla owners—140,000 of them—got that option with the release of Tesla's new software interface. After a 45-minute update, users got a different feeling vehicle. The update changed the surface-level aspects, like the music interface, but also improved on...

Video: White House, NASA Officials Discuss Asteroid Redirect Mission

September 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA recently launched the OSIRIS-REx mission, to map and study an asteroid, but one of the agency's next step into space will go even farther. NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission is an ambitious project that will bring asteroid samples back to Earth. The mission's robotic spacecraft will launch in 2021 and...

Video: Google Targets Travelers With New Organizational App

September 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want a way to keep all your travel plans organized? Google has developed its new Trips app to keep all travel information—from flight information to dinner reservations—in one place. The app works by pulling information from your email account, which means app users would have to arrange and book everything...

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