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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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White House Challenge: Make Our First 3-D Printed Christmas Ornament

October 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A White House competition for the best 3-D printed holiday ornaments launched Thursday. And it’s not even Halloween. Apparently there are currently no 3-D printed ornaments in the White House collection, so yours could be the first. You don’t need your own 3-D printer. Just send in your design (try ...

Republicans Target Tech Official to Link Obama to HealthCare.gov Woes

October 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Republicans have formally subpoenaed the former federal chief technology officer, the latest step in a continued effort to link the White House directly to alleged security holes in the Obamacare website. Arguing that former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park misled Congress when he said last year that he ...

Anyone Ever Done This Before? Patent Office Turns to Crowdsourcing

October 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office wants advice on the best way for experts in industry and academia to help application examiners determine if inventions are truly novel. Specifically, the agency is seeking suggestions on how to structure a procurement strategy from companies that are “capable of electronically receiving and ...

More Federal Employees Are Teleworking More Often

October 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The number of federal employees who telework is up slightly this year, according to a major survey released Friday. Feds who reported they telework three or more days a week (4 percent), those teleworking one to two days a week (10 percent) and those who telework only rarely (11 percent) ...

How the Government Spent $103 Billion in Just 2 Months

October 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nearly 40 percent of publicly disclosed fiscal 2014 federal contracts were awarded in October 2013 or September 2014 -- the first and last months of the fiscal year -- according to an analysis posted Wednesday. Awards in these two months alone had a value of $103 billion, or 38 percent ...

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

October 21, 2014 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” ...