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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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Defense to Ask Congress for 'Large' Budget Transfer Authority

April 16, 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Tuesday that the Pentagon was going to send Congress a “large reprogramming request” to help offset some of the shortfalls caused by across-the-board budget cuts from sequestration. During a House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on President Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget request, Hagel said the ...

Administration Responding to Boston Marathon Explosions, Obama Says

April 15, 2013 This story has been updated. President Obama said that the people or groups responsible for the two explosions on Monday afternoon at the Boston Marathon would “feel the full weight of justice.” During a press conference with reporters late Monday evening, Obama said that he was briefed by FBI Director ...

Give Defense’s POW/MIA Sleuths Furlough Flexibility, Lawmakers Say

April 15, 2013 A bipartisan group of legislators is pushing to give additional furlough flexibility to Defense Department civilians charged with recovering U.S. prisoners of war and service members who went missing in action or were killed and not brought home. The 2013 POW/MIA Accounting and Recovery Support Act, introduced on Friday, would ...

Union Calls on Pentagon to Eliminate Furloughs

April 12, 2013 A large federal employee union is calling on the Defense Department to completely eliminate furloughs for its civilian employees. In a statement released Friday, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. said he was “encouraged to hear” that the Pentagon was beginning to reconsider the prospect ...

Defense May Reduce Furloughs Again as Navy Pushes to Eliminate Them

April 11, 2013 This story has been updated. Navy officials are pushing for zero furlough days, according to a top official, as the Pentagon reportedly considers reducing all Defense furloughs and hasn’t ruled out eliminating them entirely. Rear Adm. Joe Mulloy, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget, on Wednesday emphasized the ...

Military Health Care Reform Included in Obama’s Budget

April 10, 2013 President Obama proposed military health care reforms on Wednesday in his 2014 budget, including higher fees and new enrollment fees for some TRICARE plans. New fees and deductibles would be “phased in over a five year period” and would be indexed to increases in the retiree cost-of-living adjustment, according to ...

Obama Budget Pays for Military Base Closures

April 10, 2013 President Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget proposal includes $2.4 billion to plan for military base closures and consolidations. In the budget document released on Wednesday, the Defense Department said money allocated for a new round of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission “across the five years of this Future Years Defense ...

Sequestration Furloughs Would Hit 94 Percent of Navy Civilians

April 9, 2013 Some 94 percent of the Navy’s 200,000 civilian employees could be furloughed because of across-the-board budget cuts from sequestration, according to talking points recently updated by the service. The Navy said sequestration would “create significant financial hardship” for civilian employees facing unpaid furloughs. Veterans make up 50 percent of the ...

Virginia Contractor Sends WARN Act Layoff Notices

April 8, 2013 A Reston, Va.-based government contractor sent employees notices of potential layoffs due to across-the-board budget cuts from sequestration,The Washington Post reported. Serco Inc. sent out Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notices to 770 employees in Maryland and Virginia. Candy Curtin, the company’s senior vice president for human resources, told ...

OPM Proposes Combined Federal Campaign Reforms

April 5, 2013 The Office of Personnel Management is moving forward with a rule to revamp the Combined Federal Campaign, and increase participation in the federal employee charity drive. The proposed rule will be published in the April 8 edition of the Federal Register. It would reform the CFC in 13 “key areas ...