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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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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 ...

Video: Small Business Administrator Hangs Out

May 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House continued its string of Google+ events with Small Business Administration head Karen Mills, who hosted the hangout last week to announce the winners of its Small Business Week video contest. The four contest winners and small business owners also participated in the hangout to discuss the national ...

To Infinity and Beyond

May 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA hopes to have a manned mission to Mars by 2033, Nature reported Wednesday. Part of an internal NASA study, the Mars Program Planning Group has been charged with revitalizing the agency’s Mars Program, as well as getting the human and robotic sides of NASA to collaborate on the initiative. ...

Petraeus: Likes Fruit, Dislikes Crossing the Street

May 11, 2012 We all have our idiosyncrasies, and agency heads are no different. Retired general and current CIA Director David Petraeus reportedly has a list of requirements for when he travels, according to the blog The Back Channel. His request list includes fresh pineapple every night before bed, sliced bananas to top ...

Video: NIH head takes to late night television

May 11, 2012 National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins appeared as a guest on the Colbert Report Thursday. Collins will appear in “The Weight of the Nation,” an HBO documentary series on obesity in the U.S. “What are we going to do about the fact that two thirds of adults and one ...

White House establishing domestic violence policy for agencies

April 18, 2012 President Obama sent a memorandum Wednesday to all agency and department heads directing them to establish policies for addressing domestic violence among the federal workforce. “We know that domestic violence doesn’t just stay in the home. It can extend into the workplace, with devastating effects on its victims and costs ...

Video: Discovery shuttle hitches a ride to Washington

April 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA NASA 905, one of two modified Boeing 747 jetliners known as Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flew from Florida to Washington Tuesday morning to deliver the Discovery shuttle to the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy center. Shuttle Carrier Aircraft also will transport the Enterprise shuttle to the Intrepid Sea, Air ...

Not-So-Close Encounters With a Russian Spy

April 3, 2012 This story has been updated. Notorious Russian spy Anna Chapman got a little too close to a Cabinet official, still serving in the Obama administration, Wired magazine's Danger Room blog reported. Frank Figliuzzi, head of counterintelligence for the FBI, revealed Chapman attempted to seduce a member of Obama's inner circle. ...

Video: Clinton -- Communications clearly a 'huge problem' for Syria

April 3, 2012 As the conflict in Syria continues, the United States has decided to supply communications equipment, along with humanitarian aid, to the rebel forces fighting against the Assad regime. During a weekend summit in Istanbul with several countries important to the Syrian economy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat down with ...