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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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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 ...

Video: NASA's robo-glove lends astronauts a hand

March 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA When outside the International Space Station, NASA astronauts don't walk, rather they use their hands to climb. Moving around in a space suit can be tough so the engineers at NASA, in partnership with General Motors, developed the Human Grasp Assist Device, or Robo-glove. "From NASA's prospective, space suits ...

Sequestration could mean furloughs for many Justice employees

March 14, 2012 Nearly 86 percent of the Justice Department’s workforce will be furloughed for an average of five weeks if automatic spending cuts take effect in January 2013, Federal Times reported Tuesday. Unless Congress reaches a deal on cutting $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit through 2021, the sequestration process mandated under ...

DARPA chief steps down for executive job at Google

March 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Regina Dugan, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, will soon leave the agency for a senior executive position at Google, Wired's Danger Room blog reported Monday. "Regina Dugan's leadership at DARPA has been extraordinary and she will be missed throughout the department. We are all very grateful for ...

Defense faces lawsuit from sexual assault victims

March 7, 2012 The Defense Department is under fire this week, with several sources alleging its failure to address sexual assault, hazing and its lack of diversity. Eight women -- seven veterans and one current service member -- filed a lawsuit Tuesday against current and former military leaders, the Associated Press reported. Seven ...

Capital area charity drive falls slightly short of goal

March 7, 2012 The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area announced Tuesday that it had raised $64.3 million for 2011, missing its target by nearly $3 million despite extending the deadline for donations. The campaign did reach 95 percent of its goal, according to a spokeswoman, who added the tally will ...

Agriculture to offer more buyouts

March 5, 2012 In an effort to save an estimated $3.8 million, the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will offer 900 employees the chance to take buyouts or early outs, Federal News Radio reported Monday. The department plans to accept only 300 of the 900 requests, however, targeting employees performing administrative ...

Homeland Security Cyber Exec Steps Down

March 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Greg Schaffer, Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Communications at the Homeland Security Department is leaving the agency, effective today, Politico and Federal Computer Week reported. DHS secretary Janet Napolitano appointed Schaffer to his position in June 2009. He previously served as deputy undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate as ...

Auto company shuts down, blames Energy Department inaction on loan

March 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After waiting three years for a loan from the Energy Department, Bright Automotive Inc. is ending operations, CNET reported Friday. Bright Automotive had designed a prototype for a plug-in electric utility van using a hybrid power train that achieved up to 100 miles per gallon. The company hoped the van ...