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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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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...

Senators create drone caucus

September 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Several senators have created the Senate Unmanned Aerial Systems Caucus to help shape national policy on civilian and military drones. The caucus is headed by Sens. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and Joe Manchin, D-W.V., who both serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee. “I have heard from constituents and agree with...

Federal judge upholds Obama ban on lobbyists sitting on advisory panels

September 27, 2012 A federal judge has upheld an Obama administration rule banning lobbyists from participating on advisory panels, The Washington Post reported. The decision defended the Obama administration’s November 2009 ban on lobbyists participating on federal advisory panels, a move designed to curb the influence of these groups on the policymaking process....

New federal contracting jobs site launches

September 26, 2012 Exfederal.com, a new jobs site for former federal workers, formally launched Wednesday. The site was created by Ginger Groeber, a former human resources officer in the Defense Department and at Lockheed Martin Corp. The site’s goal is to connect companies seeking to hire contract workers with former feds searching for...