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Rebecca Carroll

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Before joining Government Executive’s editing team, Rebecca Carroll wrote and edited for The Associated Press in Washington, New York and Bangkok, and for National Geographic News. She also was a Peace Corps volunteer in China, where she returned to study at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a double major in English and Philosophy.

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Can Your Agency's CIO Stop a Project That Isn’t Performing?

June 16, 2014 The federal government expects to buy some $82 billion in information technology this year alone, and agency chief information officers are key to keeping those outlays on the up and up. The problem? Many of them don’t actually have the power to do so. “Do CIOs have the authority to...

How Robots and Dogs May One Day Work Together to Save Your Life

June 11, 2014 Imagine a disaster -- an earthquake, say. Cellular signals and Wi-Fi have been wiped out, so first responders deploy hotspot-mounted drones. An app on your phone connects to the emergency network directly or via a daisy chain of nearby devices. You can now report your situation and needs. A command...

Why New Macs Are DHS’ Key to Malware That Targets PCs

June 9, 2014 A federal office that analyzes malicious code and compromised computers says it needs new MacPros with specialized software to analyze malware designed to undermine Windows-based systems. The vast majority of malware is written for PCs, explained the Homeland Security Department, justifying its requirement for buying name-brand computers for analysts in...

HealthCare.gov Gets a Redesign for Obamacare Enrollment’s 1st Birthday

June 6, 2014 HealthCare.gov is getting a makeover ahead of open season in November, when residents of 36 states may use the site to acquire or change their health care plans. The overhaul should make it faster and easier for consumers to determine their eligibility for insurance plans and simplify the sign-up process...

Sending Astronauts to Space Is Worth It -- If the Goal Is Mars

June 4, 2014 After weighing the costs and dangers of human spaceflight against concerns such as national security and “the eventual survival of the human species through off-Earth settlement,” a congressionally mandated report concludes the United States should go for it -- but only under certain conditions. NASA’s human spaceflight program must take...

Federal IT Reform Could Mean Bonuses for Procurement Staff

May 28, 2014 One plan to overhaul how the government buys and builds information technology systems would establish an awards program for excellent IT acquisition staff, including “monetary incentives.” Language in the plan passed by the House multiple times -- most recently last week -- directs the Office of Personnel Management to develop...

Agencies Waste Hundreds of Millions on Software

May 23, 2014 The Homeland Security Department figured out how to save $125 million on Adobe products alone, according to a recent report. Unfortunately, that’s the exception. Federal software agreements are for the most part an unwieldy mess. Only two of the 24 major federal agencies have comprehensive inventories of their software licenses,...

House Passes Federal IT Reform Yet Again, This Time With Defense Bill

May 22, 2014 This story has been updated with details about the amendment and with comment from Sen. Tom Udall. A fundamental overhaul of how federal agencies build and buy information technology systems passed the House on Thursday for the second time this year. The chamber in February approved the Federal Information Technology...

Data.gov Turns Five

May 21, 2014 When government technology leaders first described a public repository for government data sets more than five years ago, the vision wasn’t totally clear. “I just didn’t understand what they were talking about,” said Marion Royal of the General Services Administration, describing his first introduction to the project. “I was thinking,...

Agencies Often Don’t Answer Questions They Get Via Social Media, Survey Finds

May 16, 2014 Agencies only answer 72 percent of the questions citizens ask via social media, according to a new survey. Information services firm J.D. Power determined that 30 percent of social media contacts with government are to ask a question or resolve a problem. But agencies respond to only 72 percent of...