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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 '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 ...

Video: Marine Corps brings back the cavalry with DARPA's 'robot horse'

September 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Marines, get ready to saddle up the Legged Squad Support System. Boston Dynamics has improved the robot known as LS3, streamlining it to reduce noise and increase perception, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced Monday. Unlike most wheeled vehicles, the robotic horse can move across rough terrain. And unlike ...

Special Delivery

September 1, 2012 Several weeks before December 2010 Tunisian protests triggered a wave of unrest that spread to other Arab countries, Shane Morris was given the job of ensuring that packages of classified material moved securely between U.S. embassies. Her experience personally escorting State Department pouches in the Middle East and Africa helped ...

Photo Gallery: Parks and Recreation

August 15, 2012 Recently, former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain sat down for an interview with the Daily Show and questioned the value of national parks. “Let’s sell some of these parks, that are nice to have, but do we really need millions of acres of parks in order to say that we ...

The State of Defense

August 15, 2012 Click below to see the full Defense poster included in the Aug. 15 issue of Government Executive.

Video: Fed leaders stress the need for food drive

August 9, 2012 John Berry the director of OPM, Interior Department Deputy Secretary David Hayes, and Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. and Frank Wolf, R-Va., recently campaigned for the Feds Feed Families program at the U.S. Geological Service headquarters in Virginia. The initiative strives to replenish food bank stocks during the summer months when ...

Live-tweeting Curiosity's landing from Earth

August 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After a nearly 9 month journey, the Curiosity rover successfully landed on Mars at 1:32 a.m. EST Monday. NASA broadcast the event live from the control room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. This is the largest rover the agency has ever placed on Mars. Due to its ...

Video: NASA scientist discusses Curiosity with Colbert

August 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With NASA’s Curiosity Rover set to touch down on the surface of Mars around 1:30 AM EST Monday morning, the space agency’s associate administrator for the science mission directorate, John Grunsfeld, appeared on The Colbert Report Wednesday, Aug. 1, to discuss the Curiosity Rover’s $2.5 billion mission. Curiosity will travel ...

Photo Gallery: Colorado wildfires

July 3, 2012 The Waldo Canyon fire, the most destructive in Colorado’s history as measured by number of homes destroyed, began on June 23 near Colorado Springs, about 60 miles south of Denver. It forced more than 30,000 residents to evacuate. The majority of them have since returned, and as of Tuesday, an ...

Mermaids? NOAA Says No

July 2, 2012 Mermaids are not real, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared on its website. Although NOAA typically works on tracking weather patterns and monitoring fisheries management, the agency felt the need to set the record straight, stating, “No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.” The clarification came ...