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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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Infographic: Big Data, Where Does it Come From?

August 28, 2014 Big data is a frequently thrown-around buzzword, but it can be an extremely useful tool for government employees and agencies. Where does all of the data come from? The infographic below from Kapow explains the key sources of big data, what their volume, velocity and variety is, whether the data ...

6 Charts That Show Why Utilities, Businesses are Concerned About Cyber

August 26, 2014 Judging by the headlines, the United States' critical infrastructure appears to be at constant risk from cyberattacks. The Ponemon Institute and Unisys have decided to figure out what the operators of critical infrastructure actually think of their own cyber safety, by surveying nearly 600 IT security executives of utility, energy ...

Video: FBI Files Join the 21st Century

August 25, 2014 The FBI filing system has finally gotten an upgrade. The bureau released a video detailing the switch to the Next Generation Identification system to digitally house among other things, 30 million records and 83 million fingerprint cards. “It makes those records immediately accessible to law enforcement across the country,” said ...

Infographic: Adorable Animals and Their Deadly Diseases

August 21, 2014 A multitude of diseases in the past few years have made front-page news and caused public alarm. Most recently, the Ebola virus took center stage, with fears growing that the virus had become airborne. The Centers for Disease Control conducted a Twitter Q&A to educate the public on the disease ...

Infographic: What is the Energy Department Doing in Space?

August 20, 2014 You may think the space beyond our atmosphere is the strict realm of NASA, but the Energy Department has some of its own dealings among the stars. The myriad probes and satellites launched include space power systems and instruments from the Energy Department's National Laboratories. These technologies have made their ...

Gaming and GIS: Working with a Virtual World

August 19, 2014 Geographic information systems professionals have been seeing an increase in career opportunities lately -- from working for specifically map-based enterprises such as Esri’s CityEngine and Google Earth to helping the public sector with its geospatial needs. But now, a new avenue has opened up in the world of GIS: video ...

Can You Forecast the Spread of a Deadly Disease?

August 18, 2014 How do you accurately predict the spread of a painful and sometimes deadly disease? The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is hoping to do just that, with its latest crowdsourcing project. The Chikungunya virus is spread by mosquitos, and symptoms include fever, joint pain, muscle pain, joint swelling and rash. ...

We the People Weighs in on Ferguson

August 15, 2014 Following the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, protests erupted and local law enforcement responded with drastic action, causing many to call out the militarization of the police. But some citizens took a different route in hopes of making a difference, creating We the ...

Infographic: Nuclear Reactors, But in Miniature

August 14, 2014 In the next 25 years, electricity demand will increase by nearly 30 percent. In the hopes of keeping up with that requirement, the Energy Department is investing in new technologies such as small modular reactors. These compact and streamlined reactors, about one-third the size of a normal power plant, can ...

Video: NASA's Flying Labs

August 13, 2014 When you think of a laboratory, large buildings or underground lairs with lots of beakers and equipment might come to mind. But NASA has taken the standard laboratory and made it airborne. The agency's fleet of flying labs will jet off to locations around the globe to study a variety ...