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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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Advocacy group details 2013 Internet freedom goals

January 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Electronic Frontier Foundation outlined the group’s top five goals for Internet freedom in 2013 during an “Ask Me Anything” session on social news site Reddit on Friday. In a session that commemorated the 1-year anniversary of the Internet blackout to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, the activist group’s ...

A $222K bathroom redo at Interior wouldn't happen today, GSA says

January 18, 2013 A lavish Interior Department bathroom renovation from 2007 that cost taxpayers nearly a quarter of a million dollars would not happen in today’s budgetary environment, a General Services Administration spokesman told Cox Media. On Tuesday, Cox Media’s Scott MacFarlane detailed a pricey renovation done by former Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne ...

Feds will give 11 states $1.5 billion to develop health insurance marketplaces

January 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that 11 states would receive nearly $1.5 billion in Exchange Establishment Grants to build insurance marketplaces as part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. In a statement released on Thursday, Sebelius said that the money was intended to ensure that the recipient ...

Keep paying TSP’s G Fund, petitioners tell White House

January 17, 2013 A new petition asks the Obama administration not to suspend payments into the Thrift Savings Plan’s G Fund and to stop linking federal employees to the nation’s fiscal troubles in general. The creator of the petition, Skip S., said federal employees were being “singled out for disparate treatment” by the ...

Former FEMA exec pleads guilty to conflict of interest charges

January 16, 2013 A former executive with the Federal Emergency Management Agency pleaded guilty to federal conflict of interest charges on Tuesday, according to a statement from the Justice Department. Timothy Cannon, a former human resources director at FEMA, attempted to secure a job with polling and consulting firm Gallup while managing and ...

Walmart to hire 100,000 veterans over five years

January 15, 2013 Mega retailer Walmart announced on Tuesday that it would hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years. In a speech during an annual event of the National Retail Federation, Walmart U.S President and CEO Bill Simon said that the company would offer a job to any honorably discharged ...

Prescription-strength Google?

January 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Feeling under the weather? You’ve probably looked up your symptoms on the Internet and self-diagnosed your ailment, according to a new report released by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project. The survey found that 72 percent of U.S adults with Internet access looked online for health information ...

Military suicides at record high, far outnumbering combat deaths

January 14, 2013 Military suicides sharply increased in 2012 and exceeded the number of combat deaths in Afghanistan, according to a report from the Associated Press. The military had 349 suicides among active duty forces in 2012, up from 301 deaths in 2011, AP reported. The Army had the highest number of suicides ...

Major changes to Combined Federal Campaign proposed by OPM

January 14, 2013 The Office of Personnel Management has taken steps to revamp the Combined Federal Campaign in an effort to curb falling participation in the federal employee charity drive, according to the Federal Times. In a 53-page draft obtained by the newspaper, OPM proposed rules based on recommendations in a report released ...

Boeing announces layoffs at Texas facility

January 11, 2013 The Boeing Co. announced Thursday it will consolidate facilities in Texas and eliminate jobs, citing reduced future demand as a result of Defense Department budget cuts. The company said that 160 positions at a facility in El Paso that produces electronic equipment would be cut. A spokesman for Boeing told ...