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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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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 ...

Video: Craigslist Founder Discusses His Role as VA 'Nerd-in-Residence'

November 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, came to our Nextgov Prime conference this year to discuss his more recent work with the Veteran Affairs Department. Dubbing himself VA's "Nerd-in-Residence," Newmark has worked with the agency's Blue Button Initiative to make electronic health records available to all veterans. What's his take away ...

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 ...