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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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Edward Snowden Now on Twitter

September 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has joined Twitter. And he's been verified. The famous whistle-blower -- or infamous traitor, depending on whom you ask -- has been living under asylum in Moscow since 2013. While Snowden initially tried to stay out of the limelight following his exodus from...

Video: The Easiest Ways to Back Up Your Files

September 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Not backing up your photos, music and other files is a very stupid but surprisingly common tech habit. If your phone or laptop is lost, broken or stolen, all of your hard work and memories are gone forever. Still not convinced you should back up your stuff? Here's just how...

Video: NASA Heads Under the Ice

September 25, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA was on thin ice recently -- literally. NASA's Jet Propulsion Labortory is currently developing a "Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration." The rover could one day explore planetary bodies, such as Jupiter's icy moon Europa, whose massive ocean is covered in ice. While Earth doesn't have the exact conditions of...

Video: Preparing Veterans for the Solar Workforce

September 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As active-duty service members prepare to transition to civilian life, adapting to the instability of the job market can be tough. Now, the Energy Department is helping veterans take that first step. "Solar Ready Vets," a program developed by the agency's SunShot Initiative is preparing to expand to 10 different...

Video: Apps to Help You Get Things Done

September 23, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow From Angry Birds to Candy Crush, there are plenty of apps out there that help you waste time. But what do you do when you need to get organized and run through your to-do list? These apps are here to help. Letterspace is a note-taking app that helps organize those...

Video: New Version of Microsoft Word Allows You to Skype with Collaborators

September 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Word, Excel and PowerPoint are essential programs for almost any workplace, and now they're getting an upgrade. Microsoft is adding a social element to Office 2016, allowing for increased collaboration. This goes way beyond "track changes." Now, similar to Google Docs, users see when someone else is editing a shared...

Video: Spy Agency’s Open Source Mapping Tool Helps First Responders Save Lives

September 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Disasters can strike swiftly and suddenly, like a tornado in the heart of Oklahoma. The first 24 hours after a natural disaster are critical, and both first responders and analysts don't have a lot of time to parse through multiple information channels to get accurate, updated information. Enter GeoQ, a...

Video: Meet NASA Employees Who Are Prepping us for Mars

September 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the upcoming release of the Hollywood movie "The Martian," NASA has been busy touting its own journey to Mars. NASA's plan will take more than 15 years and requires many people, from astronauts on the International Space Station who are testing the limits of living in space, to the...

Video: Upgrading to iOS 9? Here Are Some New Hidden Features

September 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For iPhone users who have just upgraded to iOS 9 or are about to, the new operating system comes with a few surprises. The "settings" app now has a search bar, which means users can more easily navigate and customize basic settings. A new feature in email, called "Markup," lets...

Obama and White House Tech Advisers Tweet Support for Clock-Making Teen

September 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Texas high school student and amateur engineer Ahmed Mohamed was arrested Monday, because his teachers mistakenly thought the homemade digital clock he brought in was a bomb, according to media reports. Since then, the 14-year-old has been released from custody -- and his story has gone viral. Now, the president...

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