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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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Video: FBI Files Join the 21st Century

August 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The FBI filing system has finally gotten an upgrade. The bureau released a video detailing the switch to the Next Generation Identification system to digitally house among other things, 30 million records and 83 million fingerprint cards. “It makes those records immediately accessible to law enforcement across the country,” said ...

Infographic: Adorable Animals and Their Deadly Diseases

August 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A multitude of diseases in the past few years have made front-page news and caused public alarm. Most recently, the Ebola virus took center stage, with fears growing that the virus had become airborne. The Centers for Disease Control conducted a Twitter Q&A to educate the public on the disease ...

Infographic: What is the Energy Department Doing in Space?

August 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You may think the space beyond our atmosphere is the strict realm of NASA, but the Energy Department has some of its own dealings among the stars. The myriad probes and satellites launched include space power systems and instruments from the Energy Department's National Laboratories. These technologies have made their ...

Gaming and GIS: Working with a Virtual World

August 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Geographic information systems professionals have been seeing an increase in career opportunities lately -- from working for specifically map-based enterprises such as Esri’s CityEngine and Google Earth to helping the public sector with its geospatial needs. But now, a new avenue has opened up in the world of GIS: video ...

Can You Forecast the Spread of a Deadly Disease?

August 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow How do you accurately predict the spread of a painful and sometimes deadly disease? The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is hoping to do just that, with its latest crowdsourcing project. The Chikungunya virus is spread by mosquitos, and symptoms include fever, joint pain, muscle pain, joint swelling and rash. ...

We the People Weighs in on Ferguson

August 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, protests erupted and local law enforcement responded with drastic action, causing many to call out the militarization of the police. But some citizens took a different route in hopes of making a difference, creating We the ...

Infographic: Nuclear Reactors, But in Miniature

August 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the next 25 years, electricity demand will increase by nearly 30 percent. In the hopes of keeping up with that requirement, the Energy Department is investing in new technologies such as small modular reactors. These compact and streamlined reactors, about one-third the size of a normal power plant, can ...

Video: NASA's Flying Labs

August 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When you think of a laboratory, large buildings or underground lairs with lots of beakers and equipment might come to mind. But NASA has taken the standard laboratory and made it airborne. The agency's fleet of flying labs will jet off to locations around the globe to study a variety ...

Chart: Sectors with the Most iPad Activations

August 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Good Technology released its Mobility Index Report for the second quarter of 2014 with good news for government tablet fans: More employees are activating iPads. The public sector recorded an increase in net activations, while there was a significant 11 percent increase in total iPad activations. Overall, the report noted ...

Infographic: Supercomputers and Their Superpowers

August 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow IBM's Watson is not alone. The Energy Department's National Laboratories have 32 of the 500 fastest supercomputers in the world. These machines all have unique abilities that allow them to do their jobs: crunch data, create virtual simulations and forecast patterns. The jargon can be complicated, so Energy has created ...