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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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Look for Next CTO to 'Execute, Execute, Execute,' Not Come Up With New Concepts

September 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The first thing on Megan Smith’s to-do list as the third-ever federal chief technology officer should be to implement the plans laid out by her predecessors, according to Aneesh Chopra, who was the first to hold the position. “We’re in execution mode,” Chopra told Bloomberg TV. “They’re going to take ...

Google Exec Named New Federal Chief Technology Officer

September 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google executive Megan Smith will be the third person to hold the title of federal chief technology officer, the White House announced Thursday, and former Twitter attorney Alexander Macgillivray was named deputy CTO. Smith most recently served as a vice president of Google X, the Internet giant’s forward-thinking research arm. ...

Wanted: Twitter-savvy Feds to Help OPM Get This Whole Social Media Thing

September 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management wants feds from across government to help figure out how to use social media to recognize current employees and to recruit new ones. The agency is building two working group teams for this job: The first focuses on recognition and builds off #SocialGov community efforts, ...

OK, Feds -- Go Ahead and Edit Wikipedia

September 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal employees make great Wikipedia editors, according to Wikimedia DC -- the online encyclopedia’s Washington-area outreach chapter. “Government staff are experts in areas of public interest, including very new hot topics,” Wikimedia DC Treasurer Peter Meyer and President James Hare said in a blog post. “They play a promising role ...

As Todd Park Becomes Top Tech Recruiter, What's Next for CTO Role?

August 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Todd Park was asked in 2009 to become the Department of Health and Human Services' first chief technology officer, he wasn’t looking for a government job. He had already co-founded two successful -- and now publicly traded, though he divested -- health care companies and was finally looking at ...

Citing Anthrax and Smallpox Scares, White House Tells Federal Labs to Take Stock

August 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After recent mishandling of potentially deadly pathogens, the White House is urging all federal laboratories to conduct what it is calling a “safety stand-down,” security and science officials announced Thursday. Agencies that handle infectious agents or toxins have been asked to complete overviews of their programs within 30 days of ...

It's Official: White House CTO Todd Park Leaves Post to Recruit Tech Talent from Silicon Valley

August 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Todd Park is leaving his job as the second-ever federal chief technology officer to assume new duties -- including recruiting tech talent for government -- from California, the White House confirmed Thursday. From his new job as a Silicon Valley-based technology adviser to the president, Park will continue to look ...

Patent Office Telework Scandal Not Really About Telework

August 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Revelations of unprofessional behavior within the Patent and Trademark Office’s award-winning work-from-home program have been described as “telework abuses” by investigators and lawmakers -- despite a lack of details specifically linking the problems to telework, mobile work advocates say. They were abuses, sure. Fundamentally telework-related? Not so much, they say. ...

Under Further Scrutiny, Obamacare Website Gets CEO

August 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The HealthCare.gov website on Tuesday got an official leader, the same day the health agency’s auditor published the first in a series of reports on the contracts involved in the federal health insurance marketplace. As the new marketplace CEO, Kevin Counihan will be responsible for the federal site, which serves ...

Why is LinkedIn So Popular With Employees of the US Army?

August 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More LinkedIn users list the U.S. Army as their current employer than any organization besides IBM and Hewlett-Packard, according to the professional networking website. Some 231,973 users had self-affiliated with the Army as of Monday, according to the site. In addition to active military and civilian employees, LinkedIn users who ...