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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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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 ...

'Just Got on Twitter' and Other First Tweets From Federal Agencies

March 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twitter launched in 2006, and federal agencies began joining the site in 2007, with the real rush coming in 2009 after the Obama administration took hold and introduced more social media policies. By April 2012, every major federal agency was on the microblogging site. A newly released tool from Twitter ...

Craig Newmark's Badge of Honor: VA 'Nerd-in-Residence'

February 5, 2014 Though he is best known as the founder of Craigslist, Craig Newmark also is a driver of innovation in government. As a consultant to the Veteran's Affairs Department, Newmark likes to call himself VA's "Nerd-in-Residence." His work there focuses on the Blue Button initiative to make electronic health records available ...

Storify: Nextgov's 2014 State of the Union Tweets

January 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House touted the 2014 State of the Union as the "most social" such speech in history. Obama referenced tech startups early in his remarks and touted cybersecurity by saying that the U.S. continues to "combat new threats like cyberattacks." Obama also referenced the NSA program, albeit subtly, in ...

Consumer Financial Protection Chief Sits Down With Jon Stewart

January 9, 2014 Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, stopped by The Daily Show on Wednesday to discuss his agency. "Our job is to see that people are treated fairly in the market place and it's an important job, I think." Cordray said. The interview ranged from new rules implemented ...

How an App Could Save the Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale

November 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow David Wiley, a researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, sat down during Nextgov Prime to discuss his latest project, a new app that will help save the lives of the endangered North-Atlantic Right whale. Currently, the number one mortality factor among the whales are ship strikes. While NOAA ...