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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 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 ...

State Dept. Bolsters Social Media Campaign Against ISIS, Al-Qaida, Others

June 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 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 ...

HHS Wants to Send Desktops to the Cloud, Expects Other Agencies to Follow

June 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services Department is looking to send as many as 200,000 computer desktops into the cloud, according to new documents. The agency is considering turning its employees’ current Windows-based PCs and laptops into thin clients or buying new thin clients -- workstations with limited built-in processing power ...

IRS Chief Compares Agency’s IT System to a Model T

June 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One uncontested theme in the fury surrounding the Internal Revenue Service’s admission that it lost two years' worth of emails subpoenaed by investigators: The agency is working with some outdated information technology. “I fondly refer to our IT system as a Model T with a very nice GPS system and ...