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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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Why the Government Is Looking for Water Guns This Summer

July 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s no secret that silver carp jump in response to boat motors, so it was pretty natural -- for a few federal scientists, anyway -- to wonder how the highly invasive fish would handle powerful pulses from water guns initially used for seismic surveys. Researchers have been on the case ...

Why the Government Is Probably About to Go on a Spending Spree

July 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies didn’t always save the bulk of their spending for September, but that’s how it has worked out recently – and this year, the pattern is especially pronounced, according to an analysis by Deltek. Agencies will make 35.4 percent of their 2014 purchases between this month and the end of ...

Governments Could Make or Break the Free Internet in the Next 10 Years

July 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here are two ways governments could undermine Internet freedom in the coming decade: They could block and filter it more, and they could stir greater mistrust by using it to conduct more intrusive surveillance programs against citizens. That’s according to a canvassing of more than 1,400 experts conducted by the ...

Why the Energy Dept. Didn’t Save More on Phone Calls Over the Internet

July 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department is losing out on potential savings because it has failed to coordinate its many efforts to move telephone systems to the Internet, according to a new report. Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, networks in place across the department were also inconsistently and usually inadequately secured, the ...

Vets, Service Members Say They Worry Less Than Civilians

July 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nonmilitary employed Americans are more likely to report experiencing worry and stress than veterans and active-duty service members, according to a new Gallup poll. The findings may speak to the amount of worry and stress service members consider normal. "The military experience is defined by resilience,” said Gallup Senior Consultant ...

The National Security Argument for Spending More on Conferences, Travel

July 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. dominance in science and technology has traditionally fed U.S. military superiority -- a dynamic no one relies on anymore. The United States currently pays for less than one-third of global research and development, and that portion is expected to fall to 18 percent by 2050, according to sources cited ...

What an Empowered CIO Can Bring to the Cloud-Savings Table

June 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At its best, cloud computing offers agencies a cheaper, more efficient, faster, more secure way to administer the information technology systems they’re already running. Whether it actually works out that way often hinges on who’s in charge, how much authority they have and the breadth of their perspective, industry executives ...

White House Makes It Easier to Sign We the People Petitions

June 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s no longer necessary to create an account before signing a digital petition through the White House’s We the People website. Officials on Wednesday removed the obstacle to participation. “As of today, just enter your basic information, confirm your signature via email and you're done. That's it,” Ezra Mechaber, deputy ...

The State Department Is Fighting With ISIL on Twitter

June 25, 2014 The State Department is expanding a program to counter al-Qaida and other extremist groups using Twitter, YouTube and other digital media, the agency announced this week. The English-language Think Again Turn Away campaign is run by the Center for Strategic Counter Terrorism Communications’ digital outreach team. The English-language effort uses ...

IT Reform Finally Heads to Full Senate

June 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new version of a bill to reform how federal agencies buy and manage information technology is headed to the full Senate after winning committee approval Wednesday. The legislation would give agency chief information officers greater authority and responsibility, formalize IT transparency initiatives, improve risk management and set requirements for ...