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Caitlin Fairchild

Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
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Video: Spy Agency’s Open Source Mapping Tool Helps First Responders Save Lives

September 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Disasters can strike swiftly and suddenly, like a tornado in the heart of Oklahoma. The first 24 hours after a natural disaster are critical, and both first responders and analysts don't have a lot of time to parse through multiple information channels to get accurate, updated information. Enter GeoQ, a...

Video: Meet NASA Employees Who Are Prepping us for Mars

September 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the upcoming release of the Hollywood movie "The Martian," NASA has been busy touting its own journey to Mars. NASA's plan will take more than 15 years and requires many people, from astronauts on the International Space Station who are testing the limits of living in space, to the...

Video: Upgrading to iOS 9? Here Are Some New Hidden Features

September 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For iPhone users who have just upgraded to iOS 9 or are about to, the new operating system comes with a few surprises. The "settings" app now has a search bar, which means users can more easily navigate and customize basic settings. A new feature in email, called "Markup," lets...

Obama and White House Tech Advisers Tweet Support for Clock-Making Teen

September 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Texas high school student and amateur engineer Ahmed Mohamed was arrested Monday, because his teachers mistakenly thought the homemade digital clock he brought in was a bomb, according to media reports. Since then, the 14-year-old has been released from custody -- and his story has gone viral. Now, the president...

DARPA Robotics Challenge: What We Learned

September 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In June, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency wrapped up its Robotics Challenge and awarded millions of dollars to the winning robotics teams from the United States and South Korea. But how did the challenge begin? DARPA takes a look back to see what it learned along the way. The...

Video: How to Preserve Your iPhone Battery

September 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When your phone acts as your personal assistant, you need the battery to last more than a few hours, especially if you're on the go. How to maximize your battery? For iOS 9 users, head to the battery section of your settings. There, you can turn on low power mode...

NASA Goes from Red Planet to Red Carpet

September 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow "The Martian" recently premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is not only a big budget blockbuster; it's also great publicity for NASA. At the film's premiere, in attendance alongside the film's stars Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain was NASA's Director of Planetary Science Jim Green, who worked...

Video: What to Do With Your Old Devices

September 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the recent announcement of Apple's new products, it would appear inevitable that seemingly outdated phones and devices would soon fill up junk drawers across the country. But it doesn't have to be that way. Numerous websites can compensate you for your old phone, either in the form of store...

Video: How to Save Data When Backing up to Google Photos

September 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's important to back up your photos. This much we can all agree on. But backing them up to a service like Google Photos (which offers unlimited photo backup) can be a data suck. You'll want to make sure you're only backing up the photos while connected to Wi-Fi. To...

Video: Why You Should Use Apps to Save Data

September 8, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Having trouble deciding whether you should download an app or not? While using your smartphone or tablet, you might be tempted to just use your mobile browser to visit websites, but it might be far smarter to download a site's app, even if you don't use it that often. Why?...