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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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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 ...

App to Help Feds Nab Child Predators Expands to Android

October 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An app that enables the public to help federal law enforcement locate suspected child predators on Tuesday launched for Android-based smartphones and in Spanish. The iPhone version of the app debuted in September 2013 and within 36 hours led Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to a suspect, ICE said in ...

Government Printing Office Becomes First Legislative Agency to Adopt Cloud Email

October 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Printing Office aims to complete a migration to Microsoft cloud email services by the yearend, the agency’s chief information officer said Tuesday. GPO is the first legislative branch agency to make the move to the cloud. The printing office will use Microsoft 365, which is already in place ...

US Needs a New Robotics Agency or the Machine Overlords Will Win … Or Something

October 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government’s “hopelessly piecemeal” approach to robotics could allow other countries to leapfrog us in innovation, warns a scholar who argues for the creation of a new federal agency. Ryan Calo, an assistant law professor at the University of Washington, conceded a "Federal Robotics Commission" would be small by ...

Would Agencies Buy More Cloud if Companies Made It Easier?

October 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal contracting officers have to perform almost acrobatic feats to buy technology smartly under current rules, and they take the blame when they simply can’t. Public and private sector officials this week discussed how much of the onus of federal contracting challenges could be put back on the companies vying ...

Congress.gov Beats Gmail by 3 Years

October 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you’re into reading the text of legislation introduced in Congress or wonder where a bill stands or what hurdles it faced to get to where it is, you go to Congress.gov, which launched two years ago but only just became official. I’ve been linking up a storm to the ...

Tangled Up in FOIA Requests, Agencies Turn to Technology

September 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Complying with the 1966 Freedom of Information Act these days is a hugely complex technological feat that goes far beyond filing cabinets, good judgment and black markers. One trick to organizing and handling mind-boggling numbers of documents is keeping in mind the requesters' needs, according to experts looking to make ...

What We Know About Coming DATA Act Standards

September 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We already have all the information we need to understand how much the federal government spends. But the pile of data is an unwieldy, nonuniform mess, which is why officials are putting enormous effort into developing a new set of standards for it. The challenges for organizing this information range ...

Buying Coffee vs. Visualizing the Life Cycle of Federal Spending

September 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of many tricky obstacles to making federal spending more transparent is that most people aren’t too familiar with how government spends money in the first place. “In order to present the information in a way that is understandable for the public, we must present the spending information in its ...

Report: Agencies Continue to Buck ‘Cloud First’ Policy -- And The Lack of Savings Shows It

September 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cloud computing solutions should be considered even for legacy information technology investments not up for replacement, according to a report released Thursday that found federal agencies aren’t saving as much as they could. Together, seven agencies reviewed by the Government Accountability Office have spent $222 million on cloud services since ...