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Kedar Pavgi

Digital Editor 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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Obama expands whistleblower protections to cover intelligence agencies

October 11, 2012 President Obama has extended whistleblower protections to cover employees working in the intelligence and national security fields. According to presidential policy directive, PPD-19, signed Wednesday, employees who have access to confidential information can report waste, fraud and abuse without fear of retribution. Specifically, the directive prohibits agencies considered part of...

Congressional Republicans call for resignation of VA chief of staff

October 10, 2012 This story has been updated. Senior congressional Republicans on Tuesday called for the resignation of John Gingrich, chief of staff at the Veterans Affairs Department, following a report detailing improper spending at VA conferences. In an Oct. 5 letter, Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee,...

Obama signs new government charge card rules

October 9, 2012 President Obama signed a bill into law Friday that creates stricter rules for federal employees using government charge cards, Federal News Radio reported. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced the 2012 Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act in February 2011, and it cleared Congress during the final minutes of lawmakers’ session...

Too little info for pre-sequestration layoff warnings, contractors say

October 5, 2012 Boeing Co., General Dynamics and other contractors will not send their employees layoff warnings in November in anticipation of lost government contracts resulting from sequestration, representatives from those companies said. Rob Doolittle, a spokesman for General Dynamics, said without details about the across-the-board budget cuts slated to take effect in...

Two arrested after Border Patrol agent’s slaying

October 4, 2012 Mexican troops arrested two suspects thought to be involved with the killing of Customs and Border Protection agent Nicholas Ivie, according to news reports. A Mexican Army officer told Reuters that the two suspects were found and detained by the Mexican military in the city of Agua Prieta, located in...

Pulling reliable info out of social media

October 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Social media such as Twitter and Facebook have helped fuel Democratic protests by connecting activists. But some of the information hasn’t been especially reliable – adding to another obstacle the protestors, and the media covering them, must face. Panelists at a Syria-focused event Tuesday at the United States Institute of...

Border Patrol agent killed in Arizona

October 2, 2012 An agent with Customs and Border Protection was shot and killed in Arizona on Tuesday, CNN reported. Another agent was injured, but the injuries were not life-threatening, Border Patrol spokesman Brent Cagan told CNN. Federal and local investigators are looking into the circumstances of the attack near Naco, he said....

Roth TSP opens to active-duty Army, Navy and Air Force

October 1, 2012 Active-duty members in the Air Force, Army and Navy can now invest in the Thrift Savings Plan’s Roth option, according to the American Forces Press Service. The Defense Financing and Accounting Service said these service members can participate in the Roth option beginning . Members of the Marines, Coast Guard,...

Around Government

October 1, 2012 A Road Well-Traveled Brenda Wells is the master of the long commute. Her daily five-hour sojourn to and from the State Department involves a drive, a ride on a commuter train, two subway lines and a bus. In May, Wells, won WTOP Radio’s inaugural Commuter Idle contest for having the...

Federal judge approves $42.6 million settlement in FEMA trailer case

September 28, 2012 A federal judge has approved a $42.6 million settlement in a class action lawsuit against companies that provided trailers to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to house victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The Associated Press reported that U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled from the bench on...