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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Archives Hackathon Wants to Make Wikipedia Even Better

September 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What could the power of the tens of thousands of government data sets do for Wikipedia? That’s what the Open Government WikiHack aims to find out. Participants will try to find interesting data sets and come up with ways to incorporate that information into Wikipedia entries. There are a few...

Privacy Isn't Dead -- Yet

September 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the head of a large technology company famously declared the end of privacy in 1999, it first drew outrage. “You have zero privacy anyway,” Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy told a group of reporters more than 15 years ago. “Get over it.” Then it seemed prophetic. A few years...

This One’s for You

September 9, 2014 Ashwin Vasan was drawn to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau because he wanted to help improve a marketplace that touches nearly everyone’s life. What he found was an opportunity to change the way government provides information to citizens. We’re in the midst of a shift in how agency websites and...

Why Can’t Government Websites Be More Like Amazon?

September 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow People expect more from websites these days, and nearly everybody agrees federal agencies haven’t quite stepped up to the challenge yet. That's in part why the administration recently launched the new U.S. Digital Service, whose first project -- a “playbook” of best practices for transforming digital services -- is prodding...

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...

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