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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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Here's How Apple Pay Will Work Without Touch ID

September 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple has announced the next generation of iPhones and one thing is noticeably missing: The home button, and with it, Touch ID. The fingerprint scanner was important for security but also enabled the Apple Pay function to work on consumer's phones. Instead of a Touch ID, Apple has introduced a...

MIT Crowdsourcing Project Helps Florida Residents Track Irma Flooding

September 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Residents of Broward County, Florida, have an additional resource to navigate the effects of Hurricane Irma. On Friday, MIT's Urban Risk Lab launched a free open-sourced platform to map flooding in Broward County. Having up-to-date information on flooding is essential for both emergency responders and citizens. The platform, known as...

In Preparation for Hurricane Irma, Floridians Are Downloading These Two Apps

September 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Hurricane Irma moves toward Florida, residents of the state are preparing as much as possible. Some are even downloading specific apps. The app GasBuddy has become incredibly popular in the run up to the storm and was publicly recommended by Florida governor Rick Scott. The app helps users track...

VA Needs to Better Track Teleworking Employees

September 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Benefits Administration needs to do a better job recording the hours its employees telework, an oversight agency said. VBA needs to better record when its 5,200 eligible employees telework and assess the effect it has on their performance processing disability claims for veterans, Government Accountability Office concluded in...

Tech Leaders Criticize DACA Decision

September 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it would be ending the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, which protected 800,000 people brought to the United States as children. Since the announcement, protests have erupted around the country with people taking to the streets. Last week, tech industry executives,...

How the City of Las Vegas Uses AI to Protect Against Hackers

September 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During the last week of July 2017, the city of Las Vegas became especially vulnerable to security breaches, due to the influx of visitors attending the annual Black Hat and Defcon cybersecurity conferences. These events brought the best hackers in the world to Las Vegas, but Sin City was prepared....

Alexa and Cortana Will Join Forces

September 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tech companies and competitors Amazon and Microsoft have formed an unusual partnership. They plan to connect their voice-controlled digital assistants together, making them the unlikeliest of friends, all to provide more information and capabilities to tech users. It won't be totally seamless experience, however. Users will have to verbally ask...

How to Make Your Smartphone Battery Last Longer When the Power Goes Out

August 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the power has gone out, whether from a natural disaster or a technical malfunction, it's important to keep your smartphone charged. In dire situations, it will be your lifeline to loved ones, information and emergency services. Here's how to make your smartphone's battery last as long as possible. Make...

These Alternative Browsers Could Change Your Internet Experience

August 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sometimes your internet experience is only as good as the browser you're using. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are both incredibly popular browsers, but alternatives exist for those looking for something different. Brave comes with a built in ad-blocker and a feature that lets users pay money to the sites...

Uber Decided It Won't Track You...As Much

August 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ride-sharing company Uber is killing a tracking feature that some have criticized as invasive, the company's security chief John Sullivan told Reuters on Tuesday. The feature, which was rolled out in December, let users choose whether they wanted location tracking to be always on or always off. The on option...