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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: How NASA's Star Shade Will Help Us Find Life in the Universe

September 27, 2016 Getting a good look at planets orbiting other stars is a difficult task, but NASA has developed a solution using the power of origami: the Star Shade. The Star Shade is shaped like a large bicycle wheel and is about the size of a baseball diamond once fully opened. But...

Video: One Trick to Stay Secure While Online Shopping

September 26, 2016 Online shopping is one of the most convenient ways to get everything you need, but often that convenience comes at a security cost. Shoppers can do several things to protect their financial information, including adding two-factor authentication to their bank login (as well as every login). Shopping with a virtual...

Video: How Will Congress Fund the Modernizing Government Technology Act?

September 26, 2016 Recently the Modernizing Government Technology Act passed through a vote in the House. A panel of experts, including Nextgov's own Mohana Ravindranath sat down to discuss what it would take for the bill to pass through the Senate. Lawmakers biggest concerns about the legislation would likely include funding, according to...

Video: Evaluating Radiation Protection Plans for Astronauts

September 23, 2016 NASA's Orion spacecraft will one day take astronauts out into deep space. Until that time, engineers, astronauts and designers are conducting testing in a representative model of the Orion spacecraft at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Most recently, designers of the Orion capsule are testing their plan for encountering...

Video: Tesla's Improved Software Interface

September 22, 2016 Imagine you could change your car with the push of a button. Tesla owners—140,000 of them—got that option with the release of Tesla's new software interface. After a 45-minute update, users got a different feeling vehicle. The update changed the surface-level aspects, like the music interface, but also improved on...

Video: White House, NASA Officials Discuss Asteroid Redirect Mission

September 21, 2016 NASA recently launched the OSIRIS-REx mission, to map and study an asteroid, but one of the agency's next step into space will go even farther. NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission is an ambitious project that will bring asteroid samples back to Earth. The mission's robotic spacecraft will launch in 2021 and...

Video: Google Targets Travelers With New Organizational App

September 20, 2016 Want a way to keep all your travel plans organized? Google has developed its new Trips app to keep all travel information—from flight information to dinner reservations—in one place. The app works by pulling information from your email account, which means app users would have to arrange and book everything...

Video: Siri Has a New Trick Up Her Sleeve for iOS 10

September 19, 2016 There have been many changes in Apple's new operating system, iOS10, but one of the biggest changes has happened to Siri. The digital assistant can now control third party apps, not just Apple's. To find out which apps work with Siri, head to the Siri section under "Settings" and then...

Video: What You Need to Know About the Latest IT Modernization Act

September 19, 2016 Nextgov's Frank Konkel participated in a round table discussion about the new IT legislation—proposed by Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas—known as the Modernizing Government Technology Act. The most important talking points? FedRAMP and funding. Konkel and the panel also touch on the Technology Transformation Service at the General Services Administration. Learn...

Video: How Refugees in Serbia Use Technology

September 16, 2016 One camp on the border of Serbia and Hungary, known as Horgos, houses roughly 600 refugees, all living in limbo without electricity and Wi-Fi. At Horgos, there are small, poorly working solar lights charge throughout the day to provide some light after dark, but don't have enough energy to fuel...