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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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D.C. Mayor Pitches Anacostia Site for FBI Headquarters

March 6, 2013 The city of Washington has officially submitted a possible location to the General Services Administration for the FBI’s new headquarters. The local government offered a spot at Poplar Point, in the northern tip of the city’s Anacostia neighborhood in Southeast, according to a statement released Tuesday by Mayor Vincent Gray’s ...

Pentagon Releases Further Sequestration Guidance

March 5, 2013 Across-the-board spending reductions from sequestration will necessitate cutbacks to many Pentagon programs, including support for tuition assistance, congressional travel, bonuses for civilian employees and military entertainment, Defense Comptroller Robert Hale said Tuesday. In a memo obtained by Government Executive, Hale told senior Pentagon leaders that that the changes would be ...

Most Docs Don’t Want You to See Your Full Electronic Medical Record

March 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most doctors in the United States think patients should be actively involved in updating their electronic health records, but they don’t want to give them full access to those records, according to a new study by technology consulting firm Accenture. Only 31 percent of U.S. doctors said they were willing ...

Furloughs Threaten Military School Teachers, Commissaries

March 4, 2013 Thousands of civilian personnel at Defense Department schools and commissaries will be furloughed because if across-the-board cuts from budget sequestration remain in effect, the Pentagon said Monday. During his daily press briefing, Defense Press Secretary George Little told reporters that teachers and workers at commissaries could face one-day-a-week furloughs because ...

Pentagon Warns Governors of Sequestration’s Impact on States

March 4, 2013 This story has been updated. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter warned governors that across-the-board federal cuts from sequestration could have a dire impact on local economies, especially through mass unpaid furloughs and reduced spending on military activities. In letters sent on March 1 to the governors of 10 states ...

Don’t Expect Defense and VA Health Records to Share Data Anytime Soon

March 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have a long history of trying to integrate their existing electronic health records, and it doesn’t bode well for their future plans to improve information sharing. That’s the conclusion of the Government Accountability office. The problems have resulted from more than a decade of ...

Thousands at GSA Eligible for Back Pay

March 1, 2013 Up to 5,000 employees at the General Services Administration are owed back pay after the agency reached a settlement agreement with National Federation of Federal Employees in a case involving overtime eligibility, according to Federal Times. The union filed the grievance in 2002, saying employees classified as exempt from overtime ...

Managers Coalition to Lawmakers: Not All Conferences Are Bad

February 28, 2013 A coalition of federal managers associations on Wednesday cautioned lawmakers against “extreme restrictions” on conference and travel spending. In a Feb. 27 letter, the Government Managers Coalition told Reps. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, and Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., who held a hearing on federal conference and travel spending on Wednesday, that past ...

Thousands of Interior Dept. Furloughs Could Hit Tourism, Broader Economy

February 26, 2013 Interior Secretary Ken Salazar warned that across-the-board budget cuts from sequestration could spell furloughs for thousands of employees in his department and severely affect the tourism industry. In a statement released Monday, Salazar and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis reiterated that the cuts would reduce hours of operations at ...

Virginia Democrats Decry Potential Aviation Cuts

February 25, 2013 Democrats from Virginia’s congressional delegation on Monday warned that across-the-board budget cuts from sequestration would have dire impacts on the health of the U.S air travel system. During a press conference at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va., Sen. Tim Kaine, Reps. Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran, and members of ...