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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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February 1, 2012 Women in the war zone test the Pentagon’s combat policy. By Caitlin Fairchild A hot-button issue at the 2011 Veterans Forum hosted by California State University, Los Angeles was the role of women in war zones. Long excluded from combat units, female service members are increasingly on the front lines. ...

Former FDA employees sue agency, allege email surveillance

January 30, 2012 Six former employees filed suit with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Food and Drug Administration alleging the agency monitored their personal emails warning Congress that risky medical devices had been approved, The Washington Post has reported. The scientists and doctors claimed the information gathered ...

Former FDA employees sue agency, allege email surveillance

January 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Six former employees filed suit with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Food and Drug Administration alleging the agency monitored their personal emails warning Congress that risky medical devices had been approved, The Washington Post has reported. The scientists and doctors claimed the information gathered ...

Arlington Cemetery shows much improvement, but problems remain

January 27, 2012 Arlington National Cemetery has made significant progress on improving operations and resolving more than 200 cases of missing remains and misidentified grave sites, according to watchdog reports, but officials are still on the defensive over management challenges. "Arlington is transitioning from crisis management to sustained excellence," Lt. Gen. Peter Vangjel, ...

VA must focus on homeless women vets, watchdog says

January 24, 2012 Ron Agnir/AP Federal agencies must step up their efforts to curb homelessness for female veterans, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report. GAO found a dramatic rise in homelessness among women veterans. The number of homeless female vets more than doubled between fiscal 2006 and fiscal 2010, increasing ...

Veterans can step up life insurance coverage

January 20, 2012 Ron Agnir/AP Under a new law, participants in the Veterans Group Life Insurance Program will now have an opportunity to beef up their coverage, the Veterans Affairs Department has announced. As a part of the 2010 Veterans' Benefits Act, they can receive the equivalent of the maximum coverage available under ...

Defense targets sexual assault

January 19, 2012 ZUMA Press/Newscom The Defense Department will add several new initiatives as part of its efforts to curb sexual assaults, Secretary Leon Panetta has announced. The news comes on the heels of two policy changes introduced in December 2011 along with the release of an annual report on sexual assault at ...

IRS to offer second round of buyouts

January 13, 2012 The Internal Revenue Service will offer buyouts and early outs for up to 400 of the agency's 100,000 employees. The IRS previously offered buyouts in November 2011 to 5,400 employees and planned to accept only a third of that number. The agency focused its offer to analysts as well as ...

Park Service Honors Slain Ranger

January 10, 2012 The National Park Service is holding a memorial service for Margaret Anderson, the first female park ranger killed in the line of duty, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. Anderson was shot on Jan. 1 at Mount Rainier National Park, where both she and her husband have been assigned since 2010. ...

Interior should ramp up videoconferencing, IG says

January 9, 2012 The Interior Department should increase its use of videoconferencing, an Interior inspector general report has found. The IG estimated Interior spent $42.4 million on travel in 2009 and lacks an official policy on the use of videoconferencing as an alternative to travel. Improving videoconferencing efforts would cut the department's travel ...