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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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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 ...

Infographic: A Day in the Life of DHS

August 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twelve years ago in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Department of Homeland Security was established and consolidated 22 agencies into one organization. Its goal: prevent and respond to attacks and disasters -- manmade or otherwise -- and safeguard citizens All 22 components have unique missions ...

Infographic: Data Breach Costs -- How You Get Stuck with the Tab

August 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Data breaches are happening all over. Target, hotel chains, Neiman Marcus and even institutions such as the European Central Bank have all been attacked, resulting in compromised customer data. 2013 alone saw more than 600 data breaches, with an average organization cost of more than $5 million. But in the ...

Infographic: What's Up With Our Air?

August 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Breathe it in. America's air has actually gotten cleaner. An infographic released by NASA shows that over a 10-year period, the air in the United States has become less polluted. Images from NASA's Aura satellite unveiled in June show that since 2005, people are breathing in less nitrogen dioxide, one ...

Infographic: The State of Electronic Health Records

August 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Electronic health records have been a somewhat controversial technology, with concerns over patient privacy and HIPAA violations. EHRs can also expensive and take time to implement, as evidenced by the Defense Department and Veterans Affairs' slow, costly adoption of the technology. The trend, however, indicates that EHR use has increased, ...

The Big Problem With Smart Cards in One Chart

August 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Personal identity verification cards have been an issue for agencies since 2004. There have been security gaps and funding issues. The latest audit reveals some are still vexed by plugging all the gaps in the process. As of December 2013, more than 5 million PIV cards had been issued, but ...