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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: NASA's Great Effect on Tech

November 25, 2014 NASA has a funding problem. The agency's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel warned in its 2013 annual report that “insufficient funding results in either extended schedule or lower performance." The panel said the funding gap could result in “higher failure risk through improper or insufficient testing.” Aside from safety concerns, NASA ...

Infographic: NASA's Next Rocket

November 21, 2014 The era of the Space Shuttle is over, and NASA now is paving the way for the Space Launch System to take astronauts farther than before. Currently in construction at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, the SLS will stand 322 feet tall and weigh 70 metric tons. Meanwhile, ...

MAP: Just How Big is the World’s Largest Marine Reserve?

September 29, 2014 Last week, President Barack Obama announced an expansion of protected marine areas, creating the largest marine reserve in the world. Obama’s order expands the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to a total of 490,000 protected square miles -- six times its current size. The designation, which aims to ...

Interesting, Cool and Totally Random Things the Government is Trying to Auction Off

September 8, 2014 Pinterest is typically known as a great place to find a cake recipe or a wedding idea, not so much an 89th Airlift Wing or a lighthouse in the Long Island Sound. But that's exactly what the General Services Administration is auctioning off -- and showing off on its "Interesting ...

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 ...