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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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Obama Establishes Big Data Privacy Panel as Part of NSA Reform

January 17, 2014 President Obama on Friday announced major reforms to the National Security Agency, a response to revelations that the agency has been collecting massive amounts of data on nearly all U.S. citizens. Here's what he said about a new group he's tasked with reviewing privacy concerns in big data analysis. I...

Let Your Kids Hack and Other Tips From Technology Pros

January 9, 2014 Many students come into a technology classroom afraid of technology, afraid to fail and afraid of breaking things. Education should help them get over all those fears, technology experts told an online forum hosted by the White House. “We spend a lot of time in higher education learning how to...

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November 15, 2013 The Next Big Shake Installing an earthquake warning system before it’s too late. When a magnitude-9 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan in March 2011, it triggered an automatic warning that stopped trains, alerted students to take shelter under their desks, paused sensitive manufacturing and allowed hazardous chemicals to...

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It Takes a Government

October 10, 2013 The Veterans Affairs Department doesn’t do its work alone or in a vacuum, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki explained (over and over) to lawmakers seeking to fund his department before they open the rest of the government. Shinseki warned that he would be unable to make Nov. 1 payments to millions...

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September 1, 2013 Films About War Iraq War veteran Michael Chan pursued two dreams—the military and movies. By Susan Fourney High on the list of risky career moves are fighting wars and making movies, and Michael Chan took a chance on both. The 27-year-old Iraq War veteran, who served two tours with the...

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Contractors Question New Rules on Hiring Veterans, People With Disabilities

August 28, 2013 Two rules set new goals for federal contractors on hiring veterans and people with disabilities will increase paperwork and costs for companies that do business with the government -- but by how much depends on who you ask. A commercial construction contractors group has charged the rules will cost companies...

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Feds See Jobs Decline While Overall US Job Creation Holds Steady, Gallup Says

August 8, 2013 While job creation held steady throughout most of the country in July, federal employees reported sharply deteriorating conditions, according to Gallup’s Job Creation Index. Forty-two percent of federal workers said their employer was letting people go, up from 34 percent in February and 37 percent in June, Gallup found. Only...

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February 1, 2013 The Midas Touch High-tech arm helps veteran amputees regain fine motor skills. New technology reminiscent of the robotics in the iconic Star Wars movies is coming to life through the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Since 2006, DARPA has conducted research at the Defense and...

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Feds scheduled to work Wednesday should show up, OPM says

January 1, 2013 This story has been updated. Federal employees scheduled to work on Wednesday should report as planned, even if Congress is unable to avert automatic, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration, according to the Office of Personnel Management. The threat of sequestration still loomed Tuesday, after key House Republicans rejected a...

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OPM issues furlough guidance

December 27, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management on Thursday posted new guidance for federal agencies and employees about administrative furloughs, which it describes as planned and typically non-emergency events. The guidance, dated December 2012, comes days before automatic, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration are slated to kick in if Congress cannot...