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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: 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 ...

Around Government

April 1, 2012 The Battle of the Bulge Military bases feature healthier choices on the menu as obesity rises in the ranks. By Caitlin Fairchild In the mid-1990s, one in 50 service members wrestled with weight issues, according to Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs. That number jumped to ...

OPM cracks down after CFC audit

March 30, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management has prohibited spending Combined Federal Campaign donations on meals, entertainment or travel the Federal Times reported. The move follows an audit of the Washington-area CFC, where OPM’s inspector general found more than $300,000 in questionable expenses. "Effective immediately, [local federal coordinating committees] are instructed not ...

Video: Outgoing DARPA chief champions failure as key to advancing technology

March 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Regina Dugan, the departing leader of DARPA, the Pentagon's research wing, made an impassioned pitch for failure at a recent conference hosted by the non-profit group TED, whose mission is to promote ideas worth spreading. Though Dugan recently announced she is leaving her post for a position at Google, in ...

Air Force to offer third round of buyouts

March 26, 2012 The Air Force is trimming its civilian workforce again, offering the third round of buyouts and early outs in the past six months, Federal News Radio has reported. As part of an overall effort to return civilian staffing to 2010 levels, the Air Force offered buyouts in January, 6,000 buyouts ...

Hillary Clinton Aids the Search for Amelia Earhart

March 21, 2012 After 75 years, the search for Amelia Earhart continues. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with historians and researchers at the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery at an event Tuesday celebrating Earhart’s legacy. Marking the 75th anniversary of her flight, the group is kicking off a search on the ...