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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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Federal charity drive launching 50th year

September 1, 2011 The Combined Federal Campaign is turning 50 this year and, despite a weak economy and federal pay freezes, will use technology and other incentives to increase charitable donations. John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, sent a memorandum to all department heads encouraging them to get federal employees ...

Homeland Security purchase card oversight not up to snuff, watchdog finds

August 30, 2011 More than 90 percent of the Homeland Security Department's purchase card transactions do not fully comply with Office of Management and Budget guidelines, according to a new inspector general report. Auditors also found the DHS purchase card manual lacked clear and consistent directions. "As a result, the department cannot be ...

Federal Wage Growth Slowest in Decades

August 29, 2011 Private sector wages increased by 3.1 percent in 2010 -- slightly more than the 2.5 percent rise in federal wages, according to new Bureau of Economic Analysis data that were highlighted by the Cato @ Liberty blog. BEA also found federal wage growth was the slowest in at least two ...

Medical museum prepares move from Walter Reed campus

August 26, 2011 How do you move an 86-year-old skeleton across town? Hundreds of antique microscopes? A single lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair? This is the challenge the National Museum of Health and Medicine is facing. Under the direction of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission, which was instituted in 2005, the ...

NIH releases new conflict of interest rules for researchers

August 24, 2011 The National Institutes of Health finally released rules Wednesday aimed at reducing financial conflicts of interest among federally funded researchers. Researchers now will be required to disclose income from drug and medical device companies that exceeds $5,000 -- a cap lowered from $10,000. Scientists also will have to complete training ...

FEMA coordinating with regional offices, state governments to prepare for Hurricane Irene

August 23, 2011 As Hurricane Irene travels northwest toward Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is making preparations with regional offices and state governments along the southeastern and coastal United States. Efforts began Monday evening when President Obama signed an emergency declaration, making federal funds available to Puerto ...

OPM chief discusses new diversity initiative

August 22, 2011 Plans for diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce are taking shape, John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management announced Monday at the Blacks in Government National Training Conference. Berry's remarks followed President Obama's directive, issued Thursday, ordering federal agencies to develop strategic plans to cultivate a more ...

Private Sector Works Harder, Makes Less? Navy Official Disagrees

August 16, 2011 Americans believe government employees receive better pay for less work, according to a Rasmussen poll released Monday. Some 70 percent of 1,000 adults surveyed said private-sector employees work more than their government counterparts, and 54 percent believe government employees earn more than those in the private sector, the poll found. ...

Military faces stark choices in coming budget battles

August 16, 2011 Reforming an out-of-control acquisition process, reshaping the workforce as two long wars wind down, coping with shrinking budgets -- Defense Department officials have a lot on their plate. Now, those management challenges have been magnified in the aftermath of the nation's debt deal. In a panel discussion Tuesday titled Innovation ...

G.I. Bill expands coverage, still faces budget uncertainty

August 12, 2011 More changes are coming to the post-Sept. 11 G.I. Bill. The third round of updates is scheduled to roll out Oct. 1, a Veterans Affairs Department official announced Thursday. New provisions include eligibility for educational programs that do not lead to a college degree, such as flight training and apprenticeships. ...