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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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Air Force to offer second round of buyouts

January 4, 2012 The Air Force will offer another round of buyouts and early outs to civilian employees beginning Jan. 9, the service announced Tuesday. Part of an overall effort to return civilian funding to 2010 levels, this follows 6,000 buyout offers in September 2011 and a hiring freeze that lasted from August ...

National Guard leader joins Joint Chiefs of Staff

January 3, 2012 The Chief of the National Guard Bureau is now a statutory member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. By Caitlin Fairchild The development is the result of a provision included in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which President Obama signed it into law Dec. 31, 2011. Air Force Gen. ...

An Easy Pill to Swallow

January 1, 2012 David Hale takes a Silicon Valley approach to ramping up a computer reference guide for drug-related emergencies. Ask David Hale at the National Institutes of Health what makes him most proud about the creation of Pillbox, a computer program that can help emergency physicians and other health care providers save ...

Military academies see sharp rise in reported sexual assaults

December 29, 2011 The number of reported sexual assaults at military academies has risen sharply, according to a new Defense Department report. Between June 2010 and May 2011, 65 sexual assaults were reported at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.; and the U.S. Air ...

Obama signs into law a bill providing flags to relatives of fallen federal employees

December 20, 2011 The Civilian Service Recognition Act is now officially a law. President Obama signed H.R. 2061 Tuesday, authorizing heads of agencies to present a U. S. flag to the next of kin of federal employees who are killed in the line of duty. Congress passed the legislation in its final form ...

Oracle manager fired after criticizing USAjobs

December 15, 2011 A man who publicly criticized the USAjobs website was fired for his comments, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Adam Davidson, a senior manager at software company and government contractor Oracle, lost his job Nov. 11 for comments he made to the Post about the unpopular redesign of the jobs site. ...

Air Force to lift hiring freeze

December 14, 2011 The Air Force will lift its 90-day hiring freeze on Thursday, Federal News Radio reports. Implemented in August, Air Force Personnel Center officials used the freeze to reduce workforce numbers to 2010 levels. As part of that effort, the Air Force also offered early retirements and buyouts to roughly 6,000 ...

Lawmakers call for extension of mass transit commuter benefits

December 13, 2011 With mass transit commuter perks set to expire at the end of 2011, lawmakers have pushed congressional leadership to make the issue a priority. Federal employees' current mass transit benefit of $230 a month -- equal to the benefit for parking -- will drop to $125 a month beginning in ...

About 130 employees take SBA buyouts, early outs

December 13, 2011 About 130 of 300 eligible employees have accepted the Small Business Administration's buyouts worth $25,000 and early out offers. SBA announced the buyout and early-out options on Oct. 18 in an agencywide email and received agreements from employees between Nov. 16 and Dec. 5. The agency is currently verifying eligibility ...

Congress passes bill giving flags to families of federal employees killed in the line of duty

December 9, 2011 Civil servants killed while on the job will receive honors and their agencies will give an American flag to their next of kin, under the Civilian Service Recognition Act, which the Senate passed Thursday with unanimous consent. "It is a modest but meaningful step to express our condolences and gratitude ...