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Rebecca Carroll

Senior Correspondent Before joining Government Executive’s editing team, Rebecca Carroll wrote and edited for The Associated Press in Washington, New York and Bangkok, and for National Geographic News. She also was a Peace Corps volunteer in China, where she returned to study at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a double major in English and Philosophy.
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Officials Pulled HealthCare.gov Code From GitHub Because of ‘Bashing’

4:29 PM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow Less than two weeks after HealthCare.gov launched last October and proved initially unusable, the federal Obamacare website’s source code disappeared from GitHub, a site that allows the public to comment on and improve open-source projects. Why? Officials at the time didn’t comment or respond to questions about the disappearance, and ...

Breached HealthCare.gov Server Still Had Default Password

2:36 PM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow A HealthCare.gov test server still had a default password when it was hacked in July, a Department of Homeland Security official told Congress Thursday. The breach, which wasn’t reported until earlier this month, installed malware on a server used to test code for the Obamacare website. “Basically they were trying ...

Todd Park Subpoenaed to Testify on HealthCare.gov Security

September 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Newly released emails undermine previous HealthCare.gov testimony from Todd Park, according to lawmakers who Wednesday voted to subpoena the former federal chief technology officer. Emails released by a panel on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee show Park discussing cyber preparations and administration talking points a month before the ...

HealthCare.gov Still Vulnerable, GAO Says

September 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In addition to being essentially unusable when it launched last year, the Obamacare website was not secure then and still today is vulnerable, according to a government watchdog. HealthCare.gov did not always require strong passwords, and developers lacked good security and privacy plans and did not perform adequate tests, the ...

The Case for Experimenting on Federal Buildings

September 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government wants to try out new and potentially “transformational” green technologies on its buildings through a program that could give private sector participants a leg up in the future. The idea is to evaluate emerging green technologies and use the findings to “inform decision-making within GSA, other federal agencies ...

White House Introduces New Class of Innovation Fellows

September 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has pulled nearly 30 innovative techies from the private sector to spend a year tackling thorny government problems, introducing the third class of Presidential Innovation Fellows. The White House today posted the assignments and backgrounds of 27 incoming fellows -- 10 women and 17 men -- who ...

Lawmakers Seek Todd Park Subpoena Over HealthCare.gov Security

September 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Todd Park barely had a chance to get out of Washington before lawmakers began calling him back. Now, the White House’s just-departed chief technologist may be compelled to testify about his role in securing the Obamacare website. House Republicans say they are exploring the White House’s role in the security ...

Archives Hackathon Wants to Make Wikipedia Even Better

September 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What could the power of the tens of thousands of government data sets do for Wikipedia? That’s what the Open Government WikiHack aims to find out. Participants will try to find interesting data sets and come up with ways to incorporate that information into Wikipedia entries. There are a few ...

Privacy Isn't Dead -- Yet

September 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the head of a large technology company famously declared the end of privacy in 1999, it first drew outrage. “You have zero privacy anyway,” Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy told a group of reporters more than 15 years ago. “Get over it.” Then it seemed prophetic. A few years ...

This One’s for You

September 9, 2014 Ashwin Vasan was drawn to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau because he wanted to help improve a marketplace that touches nearly everyone’s life. What he found was an opportunity to change the way government provides information to citizens. We’re in the midst of a shift in how agency websites and ...