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Kedar Pavgi

Digital Producer/Reporter Kedar Pavgi is a digital producer/reporter at Defense One. He joined Government Executive Media Group summer 2012 as an editorial fellow. He previously worked at Foreign Policy magazine, and has written for The Diplomat, The World Politics Review and the Foreign Policy Association. He received his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, where he studied economics and international relations.
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Obama to Release Fiscal 2014 Budget Next Month, Defense memo Says

February 11, 2013 President Obama will release his fiscal 2014 budget request in mid-March, according to a Defense Department memo obtained by several news organizations. The Feb. 5 memo from Defense Deputy Comptroller John Roth to financial managers at the Pentagon said Obama intends to “submit the top-level budget to the Congress in ...

Vets Could Pay In-state Tuition Anywhere Under New Bill

February 8, 2013 A new bill would require public higher education institutions to offer veterans in-state tuition rates. The 2013 G.I. Bill Tuition Fairness Act is part of “commonsense change” to give veterans greater access to affordable higher education, said Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., who introduced the legislation in the Senate this week. ...

Sequestration Already Having a Major Impact, Panetta and Dempsey Say

February 7, 2013 Budget uncertainty is already having an impact on military operations, and possible cuts will have real national security consequences, the Pentagon’s top civilian and military leaders said Thursday. Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said across-the-board cuts from sequestration will ...

Lockheed Martin’s IT unit announces voluntary layoff program

February 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lockheed Martin Corp. announced a targeted, voluntary layoff program for midlevel employees working at the company’s Information Systems & Global Solutions unit. In a memo sent to employees on Jan. 31 and posted on career news website Dice.com, Patricia Lewis, Lockheed Martin’s vice president for human resources at the Information ...

National Weather Service exec fired after controversial comments

February 4, 2013 A National Weather Service executive was fired on Feb. 1, days after saying budget cuts to the agency could threaten critical public services, according to the Washington Post. William Proenza, the former Director of the Southern Region at the National Weather Service, told the Post last week that across-the-board cuts ...

Chuck Hagel on key Defense issues

February 1, 2013 Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s pick to head the Defense Department, provided lawmakers with his take on key policy questions in a 112-page document submitted before his confirmation hearings began. Here are excerpts from that document on workforce, leadership, budget, contracting, sexual assaults and BRAC. The workforce, leadership and Joint Chiefs ...

Petition asks Obama to allow burial of service dogs at military cemeteries

February 1, 2013 A new We The People petition is asking the Obama administration to give military service animals the right to a soldiers burial at military cemeteries. The creator, “P.D.” from Glendale, Ariz., referred to the story of Mina, a dog that served nine tours in Afghanistan, was promoted to sergeant and ...

From Ink to Ingenuity

February 1, 2013 Trying to find information on the federal budget, members of Congress or senior-level government jobs? There are apps for that. Jon Quandt, the Government Printing Office’s project manager for apps, has been coding tools that make federal information accessible on smartphones, tablets and e-readers. Some highlights so far: The Mobile ...

Around Government

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 ...

Bill would protect military pay in a government shutdown

January 31, 2013 A bill introduced in the Senate seeks to appropriate funds for the salaries of military personnel and supporting civilians and contractors in the event of a government shutdown. The sponsors, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., say the legislation, S.171, would ensure that members of the military ...