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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: The Daily Show Takes on the VA Hospital System

September 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Daily Show host Jon Stewart has come back from a three-month absence and decided to check in on the progress of the Veteran Affairs Department's backlogged benefits, but he came across a more deadly problem plaguing the VA and its hospitals instead. "It turns out, VA benefits aren't always so ...

NASA Deputy Administrator Steps Down

August 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lori Garver, NASA's Deputy administrator is stepping down after five years with the space agency. Garver was nominated to her position in 2009. During her tenure, Garver focused on partnerships between NASA and the private industry, as well as getting more girls and women involved in science and technology. “She ...

The Right Way to Fry an Egg in Death Valley

July 11, 2013 Temperatures at Death Valley National Park are soaring past 120 degrees this summer, apparently hot enough to fry an egg. One park employee decided to actually try the experiment, and her video of cooking an egg in a skillet took off, garnering more than 400,000 views so far. Visitors have ...

Miley Cyrus Fans Petition the White House for a New National Anthem

July 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" in 1814 after the British set fire to Washington; 117 years later, President Herbert Hoover officially made it the national anthem in 1931. But several hundred people now think it's time for a change. A new petition on We the People is asking ...

Video: Colbert Asks What Could Go Wrong With Bitcoin

April 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bitcoin has gone up and down recently, and even the Treasury Department is jumping into the virtual currency's fray. Some argue, however, that the monetary program isn't really a currency at all. Comedian Stephen Colbert tackled the controversial Bitcoin on his show Wednesday night. "Essentially the online world is the ...

Tweeting the Fiscal 2014 Budget

April 10, 2013 Budget day has finally arrived, and everyone has something to say about it. President Obama unveiled his fiscal 2014 budget Wednesday morning, including a proposed 1 percent pay raise for federal employees, which was offset by a suggested increase in their retirement contributions. The White House also wants to increase ...

Storify: GovExec on #SOTU

February 12, 2013 In addition to liveblogging, the GovExec.com staff was also working on livetweeting the most-tweeted speech in the history of Twitter. The speech included many references to federal government programs, initiatives and partnerships with private industry. President Barack Obama also continually referenced trimming the budget by making government more efficient. Read ...

Storify: Nextgov's #SOTU Livetweets

February 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During the most-tweeted address in history, Nextgov staff members were livetweeting the speech. Technology policy was emphasized during the State of the Union, with NASA star Bobak Ferdowsi as a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama. President Barack Obama devoted lengthy portions of the speech to science education, infrastructure, energy ...

Video: Parks and Recreation Stops by the White House

November 16, 2012 Vice President Joe Biden showed up on television screens Thurs. Nov. 15 during a brief cameo on the NBC show Parks and Recreation. The office of the vice president even tweeted out a behind the scenes shot during filming at the White House. Leslie Knope’s last foray to Washington DC ...

Video: The 'Sweet Sugar of Bureaucracy'

September 21, 2012 Television’s most enthusiastic local government employee got a taste of of what she enthusiastically dubbed the "sweet sugar of bureaucracy," federal-style, during Thursday night's premiere of NBC's Parks and Recreation. Along with several lawmakers, including Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and John McCain, R- Ariz., the Interior Department ...