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Kedar Pavgi

Kedar Pavgi is an M.A. candidate at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. He was previously a Digital Editor at Defense One, and has worked at Government Executive, and Foreign Policy magazine. He 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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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...

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...

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