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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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Decision Time: Should You Upgrade to the New iPhone?

October 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While there are some flashy upgrades to the new iPhone (like fancy 3-D touch and "live photos) that might entice some to switch over, others need some more convincing. Is it really worth it? Here are some things to consider: A faster A9 processor is a boon for everyone, and...

Video: NASA Scientists Fact-Check 'The Martian'

October 5, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The big-budget Hollywood film "The Martian" premiered in theaters across the country this weekend, and NASA is excited. Employees from the space agency, astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson and NASA's Director of Planetary Science Jim Green advised on the film. But how scientifically accurate is the movie exactly? A few other...

Not Your Daddy's Dune Buggy: What We Can Expect From the Next Mars Rover

October 2, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Curiosity Rover may seem like the be-all, end-all of Martian vehicles, but NASA is just getting started. In the next five years, the space agency plans to launch another robotic science rover. The rover, currently still in the planning phase, will take much of its design from Curiosity, including...

Video: It Might Get Easier to Make Payments with Your Mobile Device

October 1, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite promising to make store checkouts fast and easy, mobile payment apps haven't quite lived up to the hype. Samsung Pay, which is now available in the U.S., is slightly different from other pay apps, in that it works at virtually all retailers, from big chain stores to small boutiques...

Video: How to Not Embarrass Yourself in Front of the Robot at Work

September 30, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As more federal employees choose to telework, offices will need new methods of communication between workers in and outside the office. Enter the telepresence robot, created by companies such as Double Robotics. What looks like an iPad connected to a Segway could become the ultimate window into the workplace for...

Video: NASA's Icebridge Flies High Over Both Poles

September 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While NASA often seems more focused on what's happening on other neighboring planets, it also does a lot of work here on Earth. Operation IceBridge, NASA's 6-year mission to study the changing landscape of the Earth's poles from up above, for the first time will have two campaigns flying in...

Edward Snowden Now on Twitter

September 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has joined Twitter. And he's been verified. The famous whistle-blower -- or infamous traitor, depending on whom you ask -- has been living under asylum in Moscow since 2013. While Snowden initially tried to stay out of the limelight following his exodus from...

Video: The Easiest Ways to Back Up Your Files

September 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Not backing up your photos, music and other files is a very stupid but surprisingly common tech habit. If your phone or laptop is lost, broken or stolen, all of your hard work and memories are gone forever. Still not convinced you should back up your stuff? Here's just how...

Video: NASA Heads Under the Ice

September 25, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA was on thin ice recently -- literally. NASA's Jet Propulsion Labortory is currently developing a "Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration." The rover could one day explore planetary bodies, such as Jupiter's icy moon Europa, whose massive ocean is covered in ice. While Earth doesn't have the exact conditions of...

Video: Preparing Veterans for the Solar Workforce

September 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As active-duty service members prepare to transition to civilian life, adapting to the instability of the job market can be tough. Now, the Energy Department is helping veterans take that first step. "Solar Ready Vets," a program developed by the agency's SunShot Initiative is preparing to expand to 10 different...