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Caitlin Fairchild

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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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FEMA coordinating with regional offices, state governments to prepare for Hurricane Irene

August 23, 2011 As Hurricane Irene travels northwest toward Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is making preparations with regional offices and state governments along the southeastern and coastal United States. Efforts began Monday evening when President Obama signed an emergency declaration, making federal funds available to Puerto...

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OPM chief discusses new diversity initiative

August 22, 2011 Plans for diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce are taking shape, John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management announced Monday at the Blacks in Government National Training Conference. Berry's remarks followed President Obama's directive, issued Thursday, ordering federal agencies to develop strategic plans to cultivate a more...

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Private Sector Works Harder, Makes Less? Navy Official Disagrees

August 16, 2011 Americans believe government employees receive better pay for less work, according to a Rasmussen poll released Monday. Some 70 percent of 1,000 adults surveyed said private-sector employees work more than their government counterparts, and 54 percent believe government employees earn more than those in the private sector, the poll found....

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Military faces stark choices in coming budget battles

August 16, 2011 Reforming an out-of-control acquisition process, reshaping the workforce as two long wars wind down, coping with shrinking budgets -- Defense Department officials have a lot on their plate. Now, those management challenges have been magnified in the aftermath of the nation's debt deal. In a panel discussion Tuesday titled Innovation...

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G.I. Bill expands coverage, still faces budget uncertainty

August 12, 2011 More changes are coming to the post-Sept. 11 G.I. Bill. The third round of updates is scheduled to roll out Oct. 1, a Veterans Affairs Department official announced Thursday. New provisions include eligibility for educational programs that do not lead to a college degree, such as flight training and apprenticeships....

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Army announces new renewable energy task force

August 11, 2011 The Army has big plans for renewable energy. Army Secretary John McHugh on Wednesday announced the creation of a new entity to manage the development of large-scale renewable energy projects. The Energy Initiatives Office Task Force will help the service meet its goal of using 25 percent renewable energy by...

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Kelley Keeps Top NTEU Job

August 10, 2011 Colleen Kelley will continue to lead the National Treasury Employees Union for the next four years. She was re-elected to a fourth term Tuesday at the union's 53rd National Convention, held in Seattle. Kelley won by a wide margin, getting 86 percent of the vote. The remaining votes went to...

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GSA employees aren’t paying for parking -- yet

August 5, 2011 General Service Administration employees have free parking for a little longer. After announcing last month that Washington-area employees would have to begin paying for parking on Aug. 1, GSA has postponed the change, the agency confirmed Friday. GSA did not speak with unions before announcing the policy and subsequent efforts...

Defense Seeks New Social Network Strategy

August 2, 2011 Got an idea for the latest social network? The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to hear it -- and may offer $42 million to make it a reality. DARPA put out a call for proposals on July 14, and officially presented the project on Tuesday at a briefing held...

Text Polling Tackles Thorny Situations

August 2, 2011 According to your agency's policy, you're able to telework up to three times a week. But your boss says that he really likes you in the office, and suggests you don't telework. Would you go all-in and fight the situation? Hold your cards and try again later? Or would you...