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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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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admission that it lost two years' worth of emails subpoenaed by investigators: The agency is working with some outdated information technology.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 ...

Government Emails Have Been Disappearing for as Long as…

June 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s looking like we’ll never know for sure what was in those Internal Revenue Service emails that were lost after a hard drive crashed in mid-2011. It’s also worth noting that government emails have been going missing for years. In 2007, the Bush White House acknowledged it had lost some ...

IRS Emails Wouldn’t Have Vanished in the Cloud

June 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internal Revenue Service likely would not have lost years’ worth of emails critical to ongoing investigations if the agency had been using a cloud-based email system, industry officials say. Archived emails belonging to Lois Lerner, the now-retired chief of IRS’ Exempt Organizations Division, as well as six other employees, ...

Can Your Agency's CIO Stop a Project That Isn’t Performing?

June 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government expects to buy some $82 billion in information technology this year alone, and agency chief information officers are key to keeping those outlays on the up and up. The problem? Many of them don’t actually have the power to do so. “Do CIOs have the authority to ...

How Robots and Dogs May One Day Work Together to Save Your Life

June 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine a disaster -- an earthquake, say. Cellular signals and Wi-Fi have been wiped out, so first responders deploy hotspot-mounted drones. An app on your phone connects to the emergency network directly or via a daisy chain of nearby devices. You can now report your situation and needs. A command ...

Why New Macs Are DHS’ Key to Malware That Targets PCs

June 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A federal office that analyzes malicious code and compromised computers says it needs new MacPros with specialized software to analyze malware designed to undermine Windows-based systems. The vast majority of malware is written for PCs, explained the Homeland Security Department, justifying its requirement for buying name-brand computers for analysts in ...

HealthCare.gov Gets a Redesign for Obamacare Enrollment’s 1st Birthday

June 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow HealthCare.gov is getting a makeover ahead of open season in November, when residents of 36 states may use the site to acquire or change their health care plans. The overhaul should make it faster and easier for consumers to determine their eligibility for insurance plans and simplify the sign-up process ...

Sending Astronauts to Space Is Worth It -- If the Goal Is Mars

June 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After weighing the costs and dangers of human spaceflight against concerns such as national security and “the eventual survival of the human species through off-Earth settlement,” a congressionally mandated report concludes the United States should go for it -- but only under certain conditions. NASA’s human spaceflight program must take ...

Federal IT Reform Could Mean Bonuses for Procurement Staff

May 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One plan to overhaul how the government buys and builds information technology systems would establish an awards program for excellent IT acquisition staff, including “monetary incentives.” Language in the plan passed by the House multiple times -- most recently last week -- directs the Office of Personnel Management to develop ...