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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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Bye, Bye: Outgoing Federal Officials Tweet Their Goodbyes

January 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the White House changes hands and Senate confirmation hearings kick off for incoming agency heads, the secretaries and directors of the Obama administration are bidding their adieus as they wrap up their tenures. Yesterday was my last day as Federal CIO. Honored and blessed to have served last two...

Video: A Steering Wheel for Self-Driving Cars

January 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the market of self-driving cars continue to grow, the rules on what the interior of a vehicle should look like becomes less important. Should these driverless cars have a steering wheel for safety reasons? What will that steering wheel control. As automakers grapple with these questions, some options are...

Video: How to Make More Room on Your Android Device

January 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Need to download something to your Android smartphone and your storage is full? It's time to reclaim some space. First, clear the cache. Each app will keep data to load things faster for the next time they're opened, and this takes up storage. Users should also delete all unnecessary downloads....

Video: Wearables for Astronauts

January 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many people rely on fitness trackers to monitor how many steps they took in a day or how much water they drank. But for astronauts aboard the International Space Station, there are many numbers they need to track to get a clear picture of their health in microgravity. Enter the...

Video: This Gadget Could Keep You Safe During Assault

January 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Aluma Connect is a small device, about the size of a credit card, that attaches to the back of your phone and can be triggered during emergencies, like a robbery. Press a button discreetly to sound a silent alarm or pull the snap band on it, and it will emit...

Video: Everything You'd Want to Know About NASA Mission Control

January 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mission control at NASA's Johnson Space Center is where many of the most important decisions are made when it comes to the space program. But what exactly goes on there? NASA Flight Director Mary Lawrence gave a tour of mission control and explained how everything is run. NASA Johnson boasts...

Video: How This Paper Toy Could Change Global Health

January 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Stanford University scientists have introduced a groundbreaking scientific device—made out of paper and designed after a whirligig toy. The Paperfuge works the same as a traditional centrifuge, separating the contents of biological samples like blood and plasma, through rapid spinning. And that spinning is the first step toward diagnosing dangerous...

Video: Looking Back at the Original iPhone

January 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow How time flies. It was just a decade ago the world was introduced to the original iPhone. Since then, Apple has released numerous iterations, culminating with the current model, the iPhone 7. Throughout the past 10 years, Apple has worked off the same premise: a touchscreen smartphone with customizable apps....

Video: Meet the Man Who Turned Off Energy Dept.'s Lights for 16 Years

January 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department always tries to conserve energy and save money. And that includes employee Tien Nguyen, who recently retired after 30 years of federal service. Nguyen, an analyst for the agency's fuel cell technologies office, has helped save Americans millions of dollars with his work and he also picked...

Video: NASA's Ultra-High Definition Footage of Earth

January 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA has always had spectacular views of planet Earth, but now the space agency has stepped up its game. Astronaut Jeff Williams, who has spent more time in space than any other American, shot 4K footage aboard the International Space Station. The ultra high-definition video shows the planet 250 miles...