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Kedar Pavgi

Digital Producer/Reporter Kedar Pavgi is Digital Editor at Defense One. He joined Government Executive Media Group in 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 Fight Defense Furlough Plan

May 16, 2013 Lawmakers are pushing back against the Defense Department’s plan to furlough civilian employees for 11 days through the rest of the fiscal year. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., urged Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a floor speech Thursday to reconsider civilian furloughs for Department of Defense Education Activity teachers. He said ...

Bills Address Military Sexual Assault Crisis

May 16, 2013 Lawmakers are moving quickly to address the escalating problem of sexual assault within the military. On Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators and representatives introduced the 2013 Military Justice Improvement Act. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who has been vocal about the issue and was a key driver of the legislation, ...

IRS Announces Furlough Details

May 15, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday confirmed five furlough days and said employees could face another two. IRS offices will be closed on May 24, June 14, July 5, July 22, and Aug. 30, according to an announcement on the agency’s website. IRS said it may announce “one or two ...

Next Year’s Defense Furlough Prospects Uncertain

May 15, 2013 Defense Department officials are bracing themselves for the possibility of additional furloughs or job losses in fiscal 2014 if budget sequestration continues. A civilian employee at a town hall meeting on Tuesday asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel if the future would provide a respite from adverse moves forced by budget ...

Hagel Presents New Defense Furlough Plan; More Tweaks Possible

May 14, 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday confirmed a Pentagon plan to reduce the number of civilian furlough days this year from 14 to 11. Sharp budget cuts are forcing the department to require most civilians to take unpaid leave one day a week for 11 weeks, beginning July 8, Hagel ...

Defense Expected to Cut Furlough Days to 11

May 14, 2013 Update: Defense Secretary Hagel detailed the new furlough plan on Tuesday. See our story here. The Defense Department is likely to cut the number of civilian furlough days from 14 to 11, and will probably add additional exceptions for certain classes of workers, according to an Associated Press report. The ...

Still No Word on Defense Furloughs

May 13, 2013 Update: Defense Secretary Hagel was expected on Tuesday to reduce the number of furloughs for most Defense civilians. See our story here. The Defense Department had not announced a final decision on departmentwide furloughs by late afternoon Monday, as the Navy pushed to exempt shipyard workers from any involuntary unpaid ...

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 ...