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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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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 ...

Lockheed Martin Fears $825 Million Hit From Sequestration

April 23, 2013 Government contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. announced Tuesday that across-the-board budget cuts from sequestration could potentially cut its 2013 sales forecast by $825 million. The company is the first large contractor to outline the impact of sequestration on its business. In January, Lockheed Martin, like other major contractors, published its 2013 ...

Federal Charity Drive Sees Falling Donations, Participation Rates

April 22, 2013 This story has been updated with comment from OPM. Federal employees pledged 5.3 percent less in the 2012 Combined Federal Campaign than they did in 2011, according to data from the Office of Personnel Management. Representatives from OPM emailed the results on Friday to local administrative personnel in the CFC. ...

Reconsidering the General Schedule

April 22, 2013 The “appropriateness” of the General Schedule pay system is up for review. In an April 18 letter obtained by Government Executive, three members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asked the Government Accountability Office to report on “the extent to which [the GS system] addresses critical skills gaps ...

Large Contractor Undertakes Sequestration-Related Layoffs

April 19, 2013 A large government contractor sent layoff notices to employees, citing the budget uncertainties caused by the across-the-board spending cuts from sequestration. L-3 Communications Systems announced that it was reducing its staff in its Salt Lake City office by 190 employees, or 4.2 percent. The company said the action was being ...

24 Current and Former IRS Employees Charged With Stealing Government Benefits

April 18, 2013 Federal and Tennessee state prosecutors on Wednesday charged 24 current and former Internal Revenue Service employees with “fraudulently obtaining more than $250,000 in government benefits.” According to a statement released by the office of U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III, federal authorities charged 13 individuals with “falsely [stating] that they were ...

Agencies Recognized for Making Documents Readable

April 17, 2013 Several federal agencies were commended on Wednesday for publishing official government literature in “clear and concise language.” Three federal agencies won high honors at the 2013 ClearMark awards given out by the Center for Plain Language, an advocacy group. The awards are given “to the best plain language documents and ...