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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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Electromagnetic pulse could knock out U.S. power grid

September 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. power grids and other civilian infrastructure are not prepared for electromagnetic pulses that could result from weapons or violent space weather, according to testimony at a congressional subcommittee hearing Wednesday. Panelists at the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies, told Chairman Dan Lungren R-Calif., ...

Obama v. Romney on federal pay, the size of government and management

September 11, 2012 Debate over the nature and scope of the federal government has taken on unusual prominence during the 2012 presidential elections. On the campaign trail, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have offered remarkably different visions of how they will manage a federal government facing tough budget decisions and ...

Election might not change the Pentagon’s course as much as you think

September 11, 2012 The presidential election will have little impact on the overall trajectory of defense policy and budgets, panelists said during a Brookings Institution event on Monday. During a discussion hosted by the think tank’s 21st Century Defense Initiative, scholars said the Defense Department would face the same fundamental issues of domestic ...

Did an FAA employee violate Hatch Act by laying out budget scenarios?

September 10, 2012 A senior Federal Aviation Administration official is under investigation for possible violations of the Hatch Act after comments he made at a town hall meeting in Seattle were submitted by a watchdog group to the Office of Special Counsel. John J. Hickey, FAA’s deputy associate administrator for aviation safety, may ...

Pentagon adds 66 countries to list for possible drone sales

September 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department has released guidelines that could be a first step toward allowing drones sales to 66 countries, according to a report from Reuters. Richard Genaille, deputy director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, told attendees at ComDef 2012, a defense industry conference, that the countries eligible for drone ...

Big Data Could Play a Role in Improving Education

September 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Brookings Institution published an interesting paper yesterday on the use of big data in education. In it, Brookings vice president Darrell M. West discussed the uses of real time analytics to help shape and guide education policy in the future. For West, data analytics were essential to evaluating school ...

Ten more cities will get non-standard travel reimbursement rates

September 5, 2012 The General Services Administration has decided to designate 10 additional cities as “nonstandard” areas for travel reimbursement rates, according to an announcement posted in the Federal Register on Wednesday. The designation means the regions -- frequently traveled by government employees -- will get unique per diem rates rather than being ...

TSA adding security officers for Democratic Convention

September 4, 2012 The Transportation Security Administration is boosting its ranks at Charlotte-Douglas Airport in North Carolina, in preparation for the traffic surge from this week’s Democratic National Convention. According to Charlotte’s WSOC-TV, 161 officers are being brought in to help the 550 currently stationed in the airport. The additional personnel will include ...

Around Government

September 1, 2012 Adjusting for Inflation Helium shortage could put a damper on some lofty missions in government and industry. What’s threatening to bring down balloons, rocket components and medical devices all at the same time? A helium shortage. The element, ubiquitous throughout the universe, is rare on Earth. Most of the world’s ...

Government contractor SAIC to split into two firms

August 31, 2012 Science Applications International Corp. will be splitting off into two publicly traded companies, according to a statement SAIC released. One of the new companies will focus on government technical services and information technology, while the other will target what SAIC called “high-growth markets” in national security, engineering and health. The ...