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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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Defense needs to improve efforts to prevent sexual harassment, GAO says

October 26, 2011 The Defense Department must do a better job of overseeing and enforcing policies to prevent and address sexual harassment in the armed forces, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday. GAO surveyed 583 members in all four branches of the armed services stationed across the country and overseas. ...

HHS joins White House initiative to put veterans to work

October 25, 2011 The Health and Human Services Department is getting involved in the Obama administration's efforts to hire more veterans, officials announced Tuesday. HHS, in coordination with the White House veterans task force, unveiled new initiatives, including an order to its network of 8,000 community health centers to hire 8,000 veterans during ...

Defense urged to create central domestic violence database

October 24, 2011 A nonprofit watchdog group is calling on the Defense Department to create a central database for domestic violence incidents involving military service members. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington released a report last week criticizing the Pentagon's lack of effort in tracking and targeting domestic violence in the armed ...

GAO weighs in on Postal Service’s financial health

October 21, 2011 The U.S. Postal Service's prefunding for retiree health benefits should either be eliminated or restructured, and compensation and benefits for employees should either follow private or public sector standards, but not a hybrid of both, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Thursday. The report detailed recommendations for ...

New USAJobs site to get more servers, OPM chief tells labor-management meeting

October 19, 2011 The Office of Personnel Management will add more server capacity to support the revamped USAJobs website, which has received more than 140,000 applications since its relaunch last week, OPM Director John Berry said Wednesday. Berry was speaking at the October meeting of the Federal Labor-Management Relations Council, where OPM also ...

Agriculture offers another round of buyouts

October 18, 2011 The Agriculture Department is again offering buyouts and early outs - this time to nearly 2,000 employees in its Rural Development division. Citing the department's budget crunch, Undersecretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager on Oct. 7 sent agency administrators and state directors a memorandum announcing Rural Development will offer 1,966 ...

Elouise Cobell, champion in landmark Indian lawsuit, dies

October 17, 2011 Elouise Cobell, the Blackfeet Nation woman who led and won the largest government class action settlement in U.S. history, died Sunday. Cobell filed a class action lawsuit against the Interior Department in 1996, claiming the government did not provide a historical account for Individual Indian Money accounts, which the government ...

BlackBerrys Are Back -- For Now

October 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Research in Motion, the company behind BlackBerry, restored service Thursday after the longest disruption since the device was launched, leaving millions of users all around the world frustrated. Although emails were delayed for several hours, federal agencies took the technological glitch in stride, sending out notifications about the widespread level ...

Homeland Security cracks down on workers’ outside employment

October 14, 2011 The Homeland Security Department earlier this week proposed new rules limiting the outside employment and activities of some of its employees. The proposal, published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, aims to prevent potential conflicts of interest and to supplement Office of Government Ethics rules introduced in 1992. DHS employees ...

Make it Plain: It's The Law

October 13, 2011 In theory at least, the federal government just got clearer and easier to understand. On Thursday, The Plain Language Act, signed by President Obama last October, officially went into effect. By now, agencies must have training programs in place and must begin writing materials in plain language. Documents covered by ...