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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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Lawmaker tells Commerce to Avoid National Weather Service Furloughs

May 10, 2013 A lawmaker urged senior leadership within the Commerce Department to reprogram agency funds to help avoid furloughs at the National Weather Service. In a letter dated May 9, Rep. Richard M. Nolan, D-Minn., told acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and acting National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief Kathryn Sullivan that ...

Bring Federal Conferences Back to Las Vegas, Lawmakers Say

May 9, 2013 A bipartisan group of House members from Nevada want to eliminate bans on federal agencies holding conferences in casinos or resort locations. The bill—proposed by Republican Reps. Mark Amodei and Joe Heck, and Democratic Reps. Dina Titus and Steven Horsford—says such prohibitions are counterproductive and unfairly target areas with high ...

Bill Grants Fathers of Disabled Vets an Edge in Federal Hiring

May 8, 2013 A recently introduced bill aims to give fathers of permanently disabled or deceased veterans additional hiring preferences when applying for civil service jobs. The 2013 Gold Star Fathers Act, introduced by Reps. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., and Walter Jones Jr., R-N.C., on May 6, would give fathers the same treatment currently ...

Sexual Assault Perpetrators 'Betray the Uniform,' Obama Says

May 7, 2013 President Obama on Tuesday said members of the military who commit sexual assaults are “betraying the uniform that they’re wearing” and demanded action from Defense Department officials. Speaking to reporters during a joint press conference with South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye, he said perpetrators were “unpatriotic” and that his administration ...

Defense Contract Awards Down 52 Percent in April

May 7, 2013 Budget cuts from sequestration reduced the number of contracts awarded by the Defense Department in April, Bloomberg Government reported. Only $19 billion in contracts were awarded by the Defense Department last month, which is a 52 percent drop from the $39.4 billion awarded in March. April’s total was also 34 ...

Lawmakers Want to Know How Defense Would Handle 2014 Cuts

May 6, 2013 Two lawmakers want the Pentagon to begin planning for possible across-the-board sequestration budget cuts in fiscal 2014. In a letter dated May 2, Sens. Carl Levin and Jim Inhofe requested that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel provide a “package of reductions” that would allow the department to meet the mandatory $52 ...

President Obama Says 'Thank You' to Civil Servants

May 5, 2013 President Obama and leaders in his administration thanked the country’s civil servants for their work and dedication as part of the commemorations kicking off this year’s Public Service Recognition Week. Obama said in a letter that public servants played an instrumental part in helping “lay a strong foundation for our ...

Nearly 200 Federal Buildings Grow Less Green

May 3, 2013 Some federal buildings are becoming more environmentally friendly and saving thousands of dollars of taxpayer money in the process. Others not so much. Fifteen federal buildings won commendation in the 2012 Energy Star National Building Competition for exceeding efficiency benchmarks. The competition -- administered by the Environmental Protection Agency -- ...

Defense Furlough Decision Coming Soon

May 1, 2013 The Pentagon acknowledged on Wednesday that some services could afford to eliminate at least some planned civilian furloughs, but the department still is aiming for a unified departmentwide policy on forced unpaid leave and will make a decision soon. Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters during a daily press ...

Hagel Seeks Furlough 'Consistency and Fairness' Across Defense

May 1, 2013 Pentagon officials are striving for consistency and fairness as they comply with sequestration budget cuts, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a written response to 126 House lawmakers who last week urged the Pentagon to make ‘merit-based’ furlough decisions instead. “While I appreciate your request to allow services the maximum ...