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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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IRS Agrees It Wastes Money on Software -- But Not That Much

3:46 PM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internal Revenue Service concedes its mismanagement of software licences has wasted millions of dollars, but the agency takes issue with just how many millions auditors claim have already been needlessly spent. Last year, the IRS’ software habits got dinged by examiners who suggested the agency needed a system to ...

Researchers Use 3D Printing To Create Bomb-Sniffing Dog Noses

October 20, 2014 Bomb-sniffing dogs (and their noses) have for some time been part of federal efforts to detect drugs and explosives at airports and other checkpoints. Now, a new $228,977 3-D printer will churn out some of the best artificial dog noses anywhere. Because dogs are precision sniffers able to distinguish odors ...

Feds Use New 3-D Printer to Create Bomb-Sniffing Artificial Dog Noses

October 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bomb-sniffing dogs (and their noses) have for some time been part of federal efforts to detect drugs and explosives at airports and other checkpoints. Now, a new $228,977 3-D printer will churn out some of the best artificial dog noses anywhere. Because dogs are precision sniffers able to distinguish odors ...

Getting Health Info to Low-Income Cellphone Users

October 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The digital divide is shrinking, but that alone isn’t enough to help underserved populations, according to a blog post on the federal website for health data. “We have so many apps and gadgets to make our lives more efficient and convenient, yet products and solutions designed with and for vulnerable ...

What ‘America’s Data Agency’ Should Be Doing With Its Data

October 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Much of the world’s best data comes from the U.S. government and much of the best data in government comes from the Commerce Department, which publishes weather information, demographic numbers, economic stats and scientific standards. This is why Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker last summer declared her department “America’s data agency” ...

A New Way to Find Federal Contracting Information

October 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When I started writing up a post about a new alternative to FedBizOpps -- the intimidatingly clumsy government website for contracting notices -- I actually got distracted by it. The new site was created by GovTribe, a four-man team of former federal contractors that aims to make it easier to ...

CDC Looks to Expand Ebola Screening at Major US Airports

October 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Update: CDC canceled its request for information two hours after this story posted. CDC was contacted before this story posted and declined to comment. The government is considering hiring more doctors and nurses to expand its Ebola screening programs at major U.S. and West African airports, according to documents posted ...

Feds Buy Back USASpending Website After Contractor Bankruptcy

October 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government procured its own spending transparency website and the primary data system behind it on the same day last month the contract to manage the systems was set to expire, new documents show. The move frees up previously contested federal contracting data, which will facilitate increased competition for future ...

FAA Needs a Cloud for Its PDFs

October 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Aviation Administration is asking industry about cloud storage options for the profusion of PDFs the agency stores. FAA’s Aeronautical Navigational Products -- AeroNav Products -- last year stopped selling paper versions of aeronautical charts and other materials to the public, but the program continues to offer them as ...

Peace Corps Sees Record Interest After Simplified Application Goes Online

October 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Any holdouts thinking it doesn’t matter how government does its business in a digital age should consider this: The month Peace Corps put its simplified application online, the number of applicants rose 400 percent over the previous year. After updating the application on July 15, the government volunteer program saw ...