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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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State withdraws Amazon Kindle contract

August 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department has withdrawn a contract to distribute Amazon Kindles at its embassies worldwide. In an update posted on FedBizOpps, the federal government announced it has withdrawn the $16.5 million contract with Amazon. The program would have distributed up to 35,000 Kindle Touches loaded with books and other applications ...

The least productive Congress in the modern era?

August 16, 2012 The 112th Congress is set to have the worst legislative year in nearly seven decades, according to an analysis by USA Today. Of the 3,914 bills that lawmakers have submitted this session, only 61 or approximately 2 percent, have become actual laws. In the calamitous congressional sessions of 2011, 90 ...

Sequestration could hit Washington area with recession, economist warns

August 15, 2012 The Washington metropolitan area could see a devastating recession from federal cuts associated with sequestration, an economist is warning. Sequestration -- across-the-board cuts to the federal budget that will take effect in January if lawmakers can’t agree on an alternative -- would result in major job cuts in Washington, Northern ...

Want to cut security clearance costs? Recognize other agencies’ credentials

August 13, 2012 The failure of federal agencies to recognize one another’s clearances is costing taxpayers millions of dollars, according to a government technology trade group. TechAmerica, an organization representing technology contractors, said agencies are creating inefficiencies by disregarding a requirement for reciprocity in the 2004 intelligence reform law. In a survey of ...

Social Security offers thousands of employees early retirement

August 8, 2012 The Social Security Administration sent employees notices on Monday, giving them an option for voluntary early retirement. Employees who accept the offer must retire by Sept. 30. To qualify, employees must have completed 20 years of creditable service and be at least 50 years old, or have 25 years of ...

USPS isn’t rich, but it’s pretty fast

August 7, 2012 The U.S. Postal Service is highly capable at its core service of delivering the mail, according to a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. In the report, titled “Letter Grading Government Efficiency,” economists from several universities tested the efficiency the postal systems in 159 countries by ...

Simulated bodies could help military reduce use of animals in surgery training

August 7, 2012 Military medical trainers’ use of simulated bodies, known as cut suits, can help personnel learn combat surgery without operating on live animals, Marine Corps Times has reported. The military uses more than 6,000 animals every year for its “wound labs,” which train medics in dealing with traumatic injuries, according to ...

Thousands of postmasters take early retirement, buyouts

August 6, 2012 Nearly 3,800 postmasters accepted incentives to leave the U.S. Postal Service as of July 31, and hundreds more plan to join them in the coming weeks. Postal Service spokesman Mark Saunders told the Federal Times that 3,776 postmasters had elected to leave at the end of July. An additional 95 ...

NOAA weather forecasting center moving to College Park, Md.

August 6, 2012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be moving its weather forecasting center to a new facility in College Park, Md., this fall, a spokeswoman said Monday. After running the weather operations out of an aging building in Camp Springs, Md., for many years, NOAA finally will inaugurate a new ...

Agencies need better plans to protect feds in a flu pandemic, GAO says

August 3, 2012 Agencies must be more prepared to minimize the harm a pandemic flu outbreak could have on the federal workforce, a Government Accountability Office report said. The GAO report revealed key deficiencies in information sharing among government agencies, which could obstruct a coordinated federal response to a possible outbreak. It also ...