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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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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 ...

White House Petition Site Draws Venezuelan Crowds

April 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The petition website designed to give citizens “a direct line to the White House on the issues and concerns that matter most” is proving popular outside the U.S. as well. An April 15 We the People petition asking the Obama administration to urge a recount in the Venezuelan presidential election ...

Veterans Hiring and Training Initiative Surpasses Original Goals

April 30, 2013 First Lady Michelle Obama announced Tuesday that a veterans training and hiring program had significantly exceeded its original goals. During a White House ceremony, Obama said that the Joining Forces Initiative had encouraged and challenged businesses to hire or train 290,000 veterans and spouses. She said the number was nearly ...

IRS Sent Out at Least $11.6 billion in Improper Payments Last Year, Report Says

April 26, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service “made little improvement” in reducing improper payments with the Earned Income Tax Credit program, according to a recently released report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. In 2012, between 21 and 25 percent of EITC payments made by the IRS were faulty, costing taxpayers ...

Large Contractors Report Steady Sales Despite Sequestration

April 24, 2013 Three large defense contractors reported steady first quarter sales on Wednesday and noted no major changes in their business strategy because of cuts to federal spending due to sequestration. Unlike Lockheed Martin, which reported its quarterly earnings on Tuesday, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics did not adjust their annual ...

Lawmakers Urge 'Merit-Based' Furlough Decisions at Defense

April 24, 2013 This story has been updated with Defense Department comment. A bipartisan group of 126 lawmakers is asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to “review sequestration-related actions” affecting civilian employees, especially furloughs, hiring freezes, and the firing of temporary and term personnel. The letter, dated April 23 and signed by members of ...