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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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Rules on Giving Flags to Families of Fallen Feds Announced by OPM

June 14, 2013 The Office of Personnel Management on Friday announced new guidelines for issuing U.S. flags to family members of federal employees who have been killed in the line of service. The proposed rule, to be formally published in the June 17 edition of the Federal Register, is an implementation of the ...

Top Secret Defense Contractors No Longer Being Reinvestigated

June 14, 2013 “Funding shortfalls” are forcing the Defense Department to suspend most periodic reinvestigations of contractors cleared for top-secret status in some national security jobs starting Friday through the remainder of fiscal 2013, according to a recent announcement. The Defense Security Service, the agency that manages the reinvestigations, said the cuts would ...

Help Sue the Government Over NSA Snooping, GOP Lawmaker Says

June 13, 2013 A popular Republican lawmaker is supporting a class action lawsuit against the government over surveillance programs that have collected information and phone records of millions of American citizens. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., formally announced his intention to support and promote the effort during an event Thursday on Capitol Hill. Eighty-six ...

China Thwarts Its Citizens’ Access to White House Petition

June 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow People who post petitions to the White House website We the People often complain the government isn’t really paying attention to their grievances; another group, however, seems to be paying very close attention: the Chinese government. On May 5, someone in Miami posted a We the People petition asking the ...

Pentagon Preparing Two Budget Plans for Fiscal 2014

June 12, 2013 The Pentagon is planning for two scenarios in fiscal 2014 because the outcome of budget negotiations between the White House and Congress remains uncertain, a senior Defense Department official said on Wednesday. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the department was “prepared for a wide range of budget contingencies,” adding ...

The Army's Weapon of Mass Deliciousness

June 11, 2013 This is a tank that will conquer all dessert environments. On Friday, TLC’s "D.C. Cupcakes" show will reveal the details behind the construction of a fully functioning, 1-ton cupcake tank built by Washington-based Georgetown Cupcakes last year. The company’s owners, Katherine Kallinis Berman and her sister Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, baked ...

Ask Us for More Money to Fill Defense Budget Holes, Senator Says

June 11, 2013 A lawmaker on Tuesday encouraged Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to file a supplemental budget request to fill fiscal 2013 budget holes caused by higher wartime costs and sequestration. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said civilian furloughs at the Defense Department have a “direct link” to higher-than-anticipated costs caused by the ongoing ...

Has Sequestration Hit Defense Contractors Hard Enough?

June 11, 2013 A lawmaker on Tuesday pressed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on the high price-tag of contractors as part of the Pentagon’s workforce. The comments came from Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., during a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on the Pentagon’s fiscal 2014 budget request. Durbin framed his comments in ...

Petition to Pardon NSA Leaker is Among Most Popular Ever Posted to White House Site

June 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been udpated. A petition on the White House’s We the People website demanding that President Obama pardon Edward Snowden, the leaker of National Security Agency documents, is gaining signatures at a rate that rivals and may surpass the most popular petitions ever posted to the site. More ...

Some Fear Fed Charity Drive Reforms Will Hurt Giving

June 7, 2013 The Office of Personnel Management is facing a growing backlash against its proposals to revamp the federal charity drive. The protests over OPM’s Combined Federal Campaign reform ideas have taken a number of forms, including comments to the media, a recent petition on the White House’s We The People website ...