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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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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 ...

When NASA Moves Its Websites to the Cloud, Everyone Watches

August 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A project to move NASA websites and applications to the cloud has successfully migrated over 1 million pieces of content, completing its first phase, managers announced. NASA.gov was among more than 100 sites and apps that made it to the Amazon Web Services-powered cloud in the project’s first 22 weeks, ...

Turtle Power: Sensors Give Hatchlings a Chance in Hatteras

August 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Park Service is hoping remote sensors will allow it to protect sea turtle hatchlings while keeping the beach open a little more often on Hatteras Island, North Carolina. Currently, when officials spot a nest, they close off a 10-meter-by-10-meter area around it for the first 50 days of ...

Is This a Different Kind of HealthCare.gov Contract?

August 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A few days before a report reamed Obamacare officials for poor contracting practices, the government announced another cloud computing procurement for HealthCare.gov -- this one based on lessons learned, it said. In some ways, the contract looks like those that have come before -- the follow-ons, scope expansions and re-ups ...

Is Anyone at Your Agency Editing Wikipedia?

July 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Twitter bot recently set up to tweet out when people anonymously edit Wikipedia from congressional IP addresses has inspired a conversation among feds about how agencies should approach the online encyclopedia, according to a DigitalGov blog post. After anonymous edits were broadcast by the Twitter bot and picked up ...

Why Federal IT Reform Is Getting Cheaper

July 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The latest plans to overhaul how the government buys and manages information technology are significantly less expensive than the ideas that circulated last year, according to nonpartisan projections. The version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act currently making its way through the Senate would cost $30 million over five ...

House Wants Private Sector To Help Bolster U.S. Cyber Defense

July 29, 2014 Two bills to strengthen cybersecurity in the systems that underlie the nation’s energy, water and food supplies passed the House on Monday evening, along with a measure to improve the federal government's cyber workforce. A bill (H.R. 3696) introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, seeks to strengthen the Department of ...

House Approves Stronger Cyber Protections for Critical infrastructure

July 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two bills to strengthen cybersecurity in the systems that underlie the nation’s energy, water and food supplies passed the House on Monday evening, along with a measure to improve the federal government's cyber workforce. A bill (H.R. 3696) introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, seeks to strengthen the Department of ...

EPA Doesn’t Know How Much It Uses the Cloud, IG Finds

July 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Environmental Protection Agency doesn't know how many cloud computing contracts it has nor how secure they are, an audit has found. “The EPA did not know when its offices were using cloud computing,” the agency’s inspector general concluded in a report released Thursday. In at least one case, according ...