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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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IT Reform Should Focus More on Outcomes Than Tactics, VanRoekel Says

May 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With information technology evolving faster than laws governing federal contracting, legislation to reform how government buys and builds IT should focus more on results than on specific methods of achieving them, the federal chief information officer told lawmakers Thursday. We should be thinking about "what kinds of outcomes we’re trying ...

The Samsung Galaxy Contract the State Department Doesn't Want to Talk About

May 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department wants Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones to use at the 2014 Brazil World Cup, the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, according to contracting documents posted on Thursday. The phones need to have 3G and 4G mobile capabilities. They also ...

The Cost of Better Data on Bundled Federal Contracts? $1 Million.

April 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bill that would require agencies to do a better job of reporting when they combine what could be smaller contracts into a single solicitation would cost about $1 million over five years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The 2014 Contracting Data and Bundling Accountability Act aims to improve ...

80,000 Employees of Federal Contractors Compromised in Cyberattack

April 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Personal information of about 80,000 employees of federal contractors was compromised in a cyberattack last month, including credit card details of as many as 25,000, a business research and software firm said Wednesday. Deltek discovered the breach -- first reported by Federal News Radio -- on March 13, the company ...

NASA Weighs Ethics of Astronaut Health Risks on Long Missions Into Deep Space

April 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If humans are ever going to get to Mars and other deep-space destinations, we’ll need to figure out how people can live reasonably safely in space for very long durations, possibly indefinitely. In the meantime, we may have to send astronauts into situations we know are dangerous and expose them ...

HealthCare.gov Visits Surge Ahead of Obamacare Enrollment Deadline

March 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow HealthCare.gov received 1.2 million visits Tuesday as consumers scrambled to enroll in insurance plans by March 31, the deadline under health care reform, officials said Wednesday. The traffic was “on par to and close to exceeding” the site’s record from late December, when consumers rushed to buy health plans that ...

Obama Establishes Big Data Privacy Panel as Part of NSA Reform

January 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama on Friday announced major reforms to the National Security Agency, a response to revelations that the agency has been collecting massive amounts of data on nearly all U.S. citizens. Here's what he said about a new group he's tasked with reviewing privacy concerns in big data analysis. I ...

Let Your Kids Hack and Other Tips From Technology Pros

January 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many students come into a technology classroom afraid of technology, afraid to fail and afraid of breaking things. Education should help them get over all those fears, technology experts told an online forum hosted by the White House. “We spend a lot of time in higher education learning how to ...

Around Government

November 15, 2013 The Next Big Shake Installing an earthquake warning system before it’s too late. When a magnitude-9 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan in March 2011, it triggered an automatic warning that stopped trains, alerted students to take shelter under their desks, paused sensitive manufacturing and allowed hazardous chemicals to ...

It Takes a Government

October 10, 2013 The Veterans Affairs Department doesn’t do its work alone or in a vacuum, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki explained (over and over) to lawmakers seeking to fund his department before they open the rest of the government. Shinseki warned that he would be unable to make Nov. 1 payments to millions ...