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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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Astronaut Hopefuls Face Stiff Competition

February 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Do you want to be an astronaut? So does everyone else. More than 6,300 people have applied for the positions at NASA, the agency announced Friday. This is the second highest number of applicants following the call for astronauts in 1978 that netted 8,000 applications from people hoping to go ...

White House announces veterans hiring initiatives

February 3, 2012 President Obama announced Friday several new veterans hiring initiatives, including the creation of a $1 billion program to partner the Veterans Affairs Department with agencies departments responsible for public lands such as Agriculture, Commerce and Interior. Although veteran hiring reached new heights in fiscal 2011, with vets accounting for 28.5 ...

Joint Chiefs chairman pushes BRAC

February 2, 2012 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey warned that if Congress fails to grant him the ability to balance Defense Department cuts worse problems could result, the American Forces Press Service reported Thursday. Despite Congress’ decision to slash the department’s budget, Dempsey said lawmakers may not approve of ...

Around Government

February 1, 2012 Women in the war zone test the Pentagon’s combat policy. By Caitlin Fairchild A hot-button issue at the 2011 Veterans Forum hosted by California State University, Los Angeles was the role of women in war zones. Long excluded from combat units, female service members are increasingly on the front lines. ...

Former FDA employees sue agency, allege email surveillance

January 30, 2012 Six former employees filed suit with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Food and Drug Administration alleging the agency monitored their personal emails warning Congress that risky medical devices had been approved, The Washington Post has reported. The scientists and doctors claimed the information gathered ...

Former FDA employees sue agency, allege email surveillance

January 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Six former employees filed suit with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Food and Drug Administration alleging the agency monitored their personal emails warning Congress that risky medical devices had been approved, The Washington Post has reported. The scientists and doctors claimed the information gathered ...

Arlington Cemetery shows much improvement, but problems remain

January 27, 2012 Arlington National Cemetery has made significant progress on improving operations and resolving more than 200 cases of missing remains and misidentified grave sites, according to watchdog reports, but officials are still on the defensive over management challenges. "Arlington is transitioning from crisis management to sustained excellence," Lt. Gen. Peter Vangjel, ...

VA must focus on homeless women vets, watchdog says

January 24, 2012 Ron Agnir/AP Federal agencies must step up their efforts to curb homelessness for female veterans, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report. GAO found a dramatic rise in homelessness among women veterans. The number of homeless female vets more than doubled between fiscal 2006 and fiscal 2010, increasing ...

Veterans can step up life insurance coverage

January 20, 2012 Ron Agnir/AP Under a new law, participants in the Veterans Group Life Insurance Program will now have an opportunity to beef up their coverage, the Veterans Affairs Department has announced. As a part of the 2010 Veterans' Benefits Act, they can receive the equivalent of the maximum coverage available under ...

Defense targets sexual assault

January 19, 2012 ZUMA Press/Newscom The Defense Department will add several new initiatives as part of its efforts to curb sexual assaults, Secretary Leon Panetta has announced. The news comes on the heels of two policy changes introduced in December 2011 along with the release of an annual report on sexual assault at ...