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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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White House considered replacing Energy Secretary over Solyndra, email reveals

November 14, 2011 Several White House officials saw a plan to oust Energy Secretary Steven Chu months before a scandal surrounding solar power company Solyndra, the Associated Press has reported. The proposal to replace Chu came in a Feb. 25 email from Dan Carol, a former issues adviser to Barack Obama's presidential campaign, ...

Measure targeting workers comp benefits draws criticism

November 10, 2011 A provision seeking savings from the workers' compensation benefits of older beneficiaries is drawing the ire of unions and critics who oppose any reduction in income for federal employees injured on the job. The measure requires that retirement-age employees who receive money under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act be paid ...

Panel advances bipartisan postal reform bill

November 9, 2011 A bipartisan postal reform measure cleared a key Senate oversight panel Wednesday with several modifications. Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 9-1 in favor of the 21st Century Postal Service Act, which would allow the U.S. Postal Service to recoup a $7 billion overpayment to ...

Budget expert forecasts more financial woes for the federal government

November 8, 2011 While budget cuts are likely on the horizon for most federal agencies, the work of government employees will become more important, predicts Stan Collender, an expert on the federal budget, said Tuesday at a Government Executive Media Group town hall. "Your jobs are actually going to become more important; what ...

Senators urge State Department to turn over requested Iraq documents to special IG

November 7, 2011 Lawmakers have sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking her to ensure that the State Department provides certain documents requested by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, which claims the department has previously withheld. In an audit released Oct. 24, SIGIR criticized State's lack of strategy ...

OPM offers open season crash course

November 4, 2011 With open season for changing health benefit elections beginning on Nov. 14, federal employees unsure of their options must learn quickly. The Office of Personnel Management will broadcast a series of five webcasts about the open season process, on topics ranging from the dental program to managing Medicare. Each webcast ...

Congress Unites to Pass Peace Corps Bill

November 3, 2011 Congress this week passed the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act, first introduced in both the House and Senate in July. Named for Kate Puzey, who in 2009, while volunteering in Benin, was murdered after she reported a colleague for sexually assaulting the students they taught, the legislation will ...

Afghanistan transition is on track, senior general says

November 3, 2011 Despite stubbornly high levels of attrition, illiteracy and criminality among Afghan security forces, a top American general involved in training them said NATO has made substantial progress in crafting an Afghan national army and police organization capable of providing much needed security. "We think this is an achievable mission," said ...

Lawmakers announce bipartisan plan to reform Postal Service

November 2, 2011 The U.S, Postal Service could receive a $7 billion overpayment it made into the Federal Employees Retirement System and use some of that money to offer buyouts and other incentives to reduce its workforce by nearly 100,000 employees under a new plan unveiled by a bipartisan group of lawmakers. Members ...

Retirement funds rebound in October

November 1, 2011 After five months of losses, all the investment options in the federal employee retirement savings plan posted gains in October. The Thrift Savings Plan's S Fund, which invests in small and midsize companies and tracks the Dow Jones Wilshire 4500 Index, increased the most with a 14.09 percent gain. The ...