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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: This Stick Crams a Windows PC Into the Palm of Your Hand

April 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Though smartphones have come a long way in the past few years, they still don't feature fully operational Microsoft Office. Enter Intel's Compute Stick, which houses the equivalent of a Windows 8 PC in a very tiny package. The Stick could be a great resource for business travelers, as long...

Video: How to Spring Clean Your Phone

April 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While dusting and vacuuming are probably already part of your spring cleaning routine, you may not realize your phone needs a thorough scrubbing of its own. Apps like Smart Merge can take care of cluttered contacts, while several battery managing apps can determine what's sucking the life out of your...

A New Look at How Federal IT Reform is Faring in 5 Charts

April 23, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration released new data this week on how federal IT projects are performing. The data measure the extent to which agency IT projects stay within budget and on schedule and the average time it takes to deliver key phases of a project. The information, posted to the online...

Video: Democratizing Data

April 23, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Saf Rabah, vice president of product at Socrata, believes a data revolution isn't coming. It's actually already underway and it's a part of the larger Internet revolution. He says democratization of computing and connectivity has helped push forward the open data effort. "Open data is part of that big movement,...

Video: These Specs Are Crazier Than Google Glass

April 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While Google Glass may have come and gone amid a few laughs and a few concerns, this isn't the end of high-tech vision. Mini's Augmented Vision goggles take the concept of techno-specs a step further. The glasses perform a variety of functions, most notably helping drivers navigate the roads more...

Video: The Impact of Data-Driven, Evidence-Based Government

April 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Socrata runs a cloud-based "software-as-a-service" model hosting the open data initiatives of the 200 largest government in the world "So here's a little secret, 50 percent of the data in our cloud is private," Socrata CEO Kevin Merritt said. "And the only consumers of that data are governments themselves." But...

Video: How Do Noise-Canceling Headphones Work?

April 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For many desk jockeys, elevated sound levels can make work difficult. With more agencies and businesses adopting an open office plan, the rising din can put a damper on employee focus and productivity. Noise-canceling headphones may be the solution. These high-tech headphones have been around for awhile, but the technology...

Video: Is the iPad Dead?

April 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the release of the larger-than-ever iPhone 6 plus and more recently, the superscaled-down Apple Watch, many are wondering where that leaves the iPad. The decline of the iPad could be terrible news, however, for the government agencies that began adopting the iPad into operations only a few years ago....

Video: Making An Impact With Open Data

April 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ross Goldenberg, co-founder of SiteCompli, which leverages open data to help those in the New York City real estate market, believes government needs more similar tools to help bring open data to the citizens. He says SiteCompli has made the jobs of thousands of customers easier. "The ability to get...

Video: 5 Ways to Speed Up Your Wi-Fi

April 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the Internet at most workplaces might be performing at top speed, many home networks are still lagging, and that's a problem. Reliable and fast Wi-Fi is important to everyone, but especially those who work from home. Teleworkers need functioning Wi-Fi for everything from uploading documents quickly to seamless video...