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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 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 ...

Senators Demand Answers on Restoration of Military Tuition Assistance

April 5, 2013 Senators on both sides of the aisle are demanding to know why the Defense Department has not restored the military’s tuition assistance program, despite a requirement in recently signed legislation. In an April 4 letter, Sens. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and Kay Hagan, D-N.C., asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel why the ...

Army Investigating Fort Knox Shooting

April 4, 2013 This story has been updated. An Army civilian was killed Wednesday afternoon in Fort Knox, Ky., after being shot in a parking lot outside of the headquarters of the Army Human Resources Command. Fort Knox police were alerted at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday via 911, and transported the victim to a ...

Obama Gives Up 5 Percent of Salary In Solidarity With Feds

April 3, 2013 President Obama will give 5 percent of his salary back to the Treasury Department in a show of solidarity with federal workers facing unpaid furloughs, according to multiple news reports. A White House official said Obama would make the gesture to “share in the sacrifice being made by public servants ...

Concerned About Force Reductions? The Army Is Listening

April 3, 2013 The Army will hold listening sessions at installations nationwide to assess local community sentiments surrounding upcoming force reductions, the Army News Service reported. As part of the 2011 Budget Control Act, the Army must reduce its force by 80,000 troops -- a cut from 570,000 troops at its peak to ...