Kedar Pavgi

Kedar Pavgi is an M.A. candidate at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. He was previously a Digital Editor at Defense One, and has worked at Government Executive, and Foreign Policy magazine. He 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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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...

Social Security may owe thousands of employees more back pay

January 9, 2013 The Social Security Administration may be forced to fund millions of dollars in additional back pay to black male employees who say the agency breached the terms of a 2002 class action discrimination settlement, according to the Federal Times. In a ruling issued on Dec. 18, Carlton Hadden, the director...

Report: Obama administration must reform drone policy

January 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new report says that the Obama administration must find ways to reform its policies governing the use of armed unmanned aerial vehicles or risk the erosion of U.S national security interests. The report, written by Micah Zenko, Douglas Dillon Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, argues that the...

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