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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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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...

Supreme Court to hear cases affecting federal agencies

September 25, 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court next week will hear arguments on two major cases that could affect federal agencies. The cases to be heard during oral arguments on Oct. 2 are Kloeckner v. Solis and U.S. v. Bormes. Kloeckner revolves around the appeals process for a narrow category of cases at...

Agencies likely to miss network upgrade deadline

September 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies probably will not meet a Sept. 30 deadline to upgrade their publically facing external servers to Internet protocol version 6, according to Federal News Radio. A 2010 memo from the Office of Management and Budget directed all government agencies to transition their servers to IPv6 by the end of...

Open government partnership marks first anniversary

September 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A year ago, President Obama and 46 other heads of state launched the Open Government Partnership, an initiative designed to increase transparency within governments around the world. The group’s declaration said that all adherent countries would: Promote openness, because more information about governmental activities should be timely and freely available...

Officials address the coming wave of federal retirements

September 20, 2012 With nearly one-third of the federal workforce eligible to retire within the next four years, human capital planning is more essential than ever to the government, officials told lawmakers this week. Filling skill gaps -- particularly those in cybersecurity and information technology -- could prove especially challenging, according to Government...

White House cybersecurity record is ineffective, other IT results mixed, report says

September 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration’s efforts to improve cybersecurity have been for the most part superficial and ineffective, according to an analysis by Federal News Radio. The review is part of a weeklong series that evaluated the Obama administration’s policies in a number of areas, including management, information technology, workforce and acquisition....

State evacuates embassies in Tunisia, Sudan

September 17, 2012 The State Department evacuated personnel from a number of embassies over the weekend due to ongoing large-scale protests from a controversial anti-Islam film. Following the violence in Benghazi, Libya, last week, the State Department evacuated all non-emergency U.S. government personnel from embassies in Tunisia, and Sudan. The warning for Sudan...

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