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Kedar Pavgi

Digital Producer/Reporter Kedar Pavgi is Digital Editor at Defense One. He joined Government Executive Media Group in 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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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 ...

Challenging contracting conditions hurt consultancy’s revenues

January 30, 2013 Consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton reported a 3.5 percent decrease in revenues in the third quarter of its 2013 fiscal year, citing lower demand and challenging market conditions for government contractors. The company reported revenues of $1.39 billion in the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2012, down from $1.44 billion during ...

Bill calls for end to cushy congressional pensions

January 29, 2013 A new bill in the House proposes ending the pension benefit that members of Congress are currently eligible for after five years of service. Sponsored by Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., H.R. 423 would eliminate defined-benefit pension plans for members of Congress, keeping only the “right to continue participating in the ...

State promotes open access to educational materials in Arabic

January 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department on Monday launched the Open Book Project, an initiative designed to promote and create open-access Arabic language educational resources. State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs is working with the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization to create open access educational resources with a specific focus on ...

Justice Department investigating contract rigging at USAID

January 25, 2013 The Justice Department is investigating possible contract rigging at the U.S. Agency for International Development, according to the Associated Press. Justice is looking into whether former USAID general counsel Lisa Gomer tampered with a bidding process to allow David Ostermeyer, the agency’s former chief financial officer, to win a contract. ...

Slow government spending drives $2.1B quarterly loss at General Dynamics

January 24, 2013 Government contractor General Dynamics Corp. recorded a $2.1 billion loss for the fourth quarter of 2012, citing slower defense spending and shrinking government contracting budgets, according to a company release on Wednesday. The firm’s losses stemmed largely from its Information Systems and Technology group, which had a $2 billion goodwill ...

Recovery Act money for smart grid was mismanaged, IG says

January 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Millions of federal dollars slated for smart grid projects were not effectively managed, according to a new report from the Energy Department’s inspector general. The department’s Smart Grid Demonstration Program received nearly $700 million in funding through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The IG looked at 11 projects ...

We the People petitioners typically wait three months for a reply

January 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On average, it takes White House officials nearly three months to pen responses to citizen petitions filed on its We the People website, once those petitions cross the threshold for an official reply. The average wait time dropped markedly, though, after the White House raised its threshold for a petition ...

Air Force chief says sexual assaults are a 'cancer' to be stopped

January 23, 2013 Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Walsh said on Wednesday that sexual assault within the service is a “cancer” that must be excised, according to the Associated Press. Speaking at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee, Welsh said that the Air Force was “actively investigating” allegations of ...