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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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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 ...

Infographic: NASA's Great Effect on Tech

November 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA has a funding problem. The agency's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel warned in its 2013 annual report that “insufficient funding results in either extended schedule or lower performance." The panel said the funding gap could result in “higher failure risk through improper or insufficient testing.” Aside from safety concerns, NASA ...

Infographic: NASA's Next Rocket

November 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The era of the Space Shuttle is over, and NASA now is paving the way for the Space Launch System to take astronauts farther than before. Currently in construction at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, the SLS will stand 322 feet tall and weigh 70 metric tons. Meanwhile, ...

MAP: Just How Big is the World’s Largest Marine Reserve?

September 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week, President Barack Obama announced an expansion of protected marine areas, creating the largest marine reserve in the world. Obama’s order expands the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to a total of 490,000 protected square miles -- six times its current size. The designation, which aims to ...

Interesting, Cool and Totally Random Things the Government is Trying to Auction Off

September 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Pinterest is typically known as a great place to find a cake recipe or a wedding idea, not so much an 89th Airlift Wing or a lighthouse in the Long Island Sound. But that's exactly what the General Services Administration is auctioning off -- and showing off on its "Interesting ...

Infographic: Big Data, Where Does it Come From?

August 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Big data is a frequently thrown-around buzzword, but it can be an extremely useful tool for government employees and agencies. Where does all of the data come from? The infographic below from Kapow explains the key sources of big data, what their volume, velocity and variety is, whether the data ...

6 Charts That Show Why Utilities, Businesses are Concerned About Cyber

August 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Judging by the headlines, the United States' critical infrastructure appears to be at constant risk from cyberattacks. The Ponemon Institute and Unisys have decided to figure out what the operators of critical infrastructure actually think of their own cyber safety, by surveying nearly 600 IT security executives of utility, energy ...