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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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Tough times could make Homeland Security more productive

November 29, 2012 Budget austerity could help increase productivity at the Homeland Security Department, according to panelists hosted by a Washington security think tank on Thursday. Speakers at an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies to discuss the future of DHS, said more synergies could be found through combining key ...

EPA temporarily suspends BP from federal contracts

November 28, 2012 The Environmental Protection Agency has temporarily suspended the oil and gas conglomerate BP from receiving any new federal contracts, according to a statement released Wednesday. Citing the environmental disaster following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, EPA said BP’s “lack of business integrity” will bar the company from receiving ...

Interior to start disbursing checks to American Indians

November 27, 2012 The settlement in a major class action lawsuit between the federal government and hundreds of thousands of American Indians has been finalized, allowing for the distribution of $3.4 billion in funds, officials announced Monday. Final approval for the settlement in Cobell v. Salazar came Nov. 24, following the expiration of ...

GAO wants to charge companies disputing federal contract awards

November 21, 2012 Companies looking to contest contract awards with the federal government may have to pay a fee to the Government Accountability Office to have their protest bid arbitrated, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. GAO is asking Congress to approve a $240 “file to bid” fee to help fund a new online docket ...

Tight times require creative approaches to funding new FBI headquarters

November 20, 2012 The General Services Administration is looking for creative ways to finance the construction of a new FBI headquarters amid lean budgets, according to a report from Federal Times. Bob Peck, a former public buildings commissioner at GSA, told Federal Times that GSA was unlikely to sell the building in a ...

Prospective Presidential Management Fellows get an extra week to apply

November 19, 2012 The deadline for applications to the Presidential Management Fellows program has been extended to Nov. 26, according to an announcement on the program’s website. The Office of Personnel Management extended the deadline by about one week to “accommodate applicants who may have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.” The program’s application ...

Government settles ICE discrimination case

November 16, 2012 The government has settled a discrimination lawsuit with a senior agent from the Homeland Security Department’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, the Associated Press has reported. A lawyer for ICE Agent James T. Hayes Jr. said in a court record that the “parties have come to an agreement in principal” ...

State neglected GAO’s diplomatic security advice

November 16, 2012 The State Department did not follow up on recommendations made in 2009 to improve diplomatic security, a failing that may have contributed to critical staffing shortages at dangerous diplomatic posts around the world, a Government Accountability Office official said Thursday. In a written statement presented to the House Committee on ...

HUD secretary to lead long-term Sandy recovery efforts

November 15, 2012 President Obama has directed Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to lead the federal government’s long-term recovery efforts in the areas hit by Hurricane Sandy. After traveling to New York on Thursday to visit storm-struck areas, President Obama said Donovan will coordinate federal action for states that are looking ...

Former AFRICOM general demoted over excessive spending

November 13, 2012 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday demoted former Gen. William “Kip” Ward, who had served as head of the U.S. Africa Command, following allegations of “unauthorized expenses” and “lavish travel,” the Associated Press reported. Ward, the first head of the Stuttgart, Germany-based U.S AFRICOM, was investigated for excessive spending, including ...