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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Sequestration Could Hit National Parks at Height of Tourism Season

February 21, 2013 The U.S. National Park Service could face serious staffing shortfalls if across-the-board budget cuts from sequestration kick in on March 1, and tourists would likely lose access to some popular attractions. In a policy memo released to the Washington Post on Wednesday, NPS said sequestration would force the agency to...

Federal Contractor Issues Layoff Warnings, Citing Budget Uncertainty

February 21, 2013 European weapons maker BAE Systems reported stronger-than-expected earnings Thursday, after issuing conditional layoff notices to 3,500 shipyard employees in Florida, Hawaii and Virginia, citing uncertainty in the federal budget. BAE Systems sent the layoff warnings Wednesday to comply with the 1988 Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires companies...

USAID Seeks Expertise in Open Data, Venture Capital

February 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Are you a private sector innovator with experience in big data, venture capital or crowd-sourcing technology? If so, the U.S Agency for International Development might have just the job for you. Maura O’Neill, the agency’s chief innovation officer, gave NextGov a sneak peak at the jobs available for the next...

Lucky Defense Department Couple Lands $217 Million Powerball Prize

February 15, 2013 At least two federal employees will probably no longer need to worry about furloughs or the pay freeze. A lucky Defense Department couple landed the winning $217 million Powerball jackpot, according to NBC News. Dave and Nancy Honeywell of Fredericksburg, Va., announced during a press conference on Thursday that they...

Polls: Americans Broadly Support Move to Drop Saturday Mail Delivery

February 14, 2013 The vast majority of Americans are shrugging off the prospect of canceled Saturday mail delivery, according to recent surveys. A poll released Thursday by the U.S. Postal Service and conducted by polling firm IPSOS said 80 percent of respondents between Feb. 8 and 11 supported USPS’ decision to cancel Saturday...

Battery Company Employees Played Video Games on Taxpayers’ Dime

February 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A company that received $150 million in government stimulus funds to build a facility to manufacture battery cells for electric cars has yet to begin mass-market production and misused some of the funds in questionable labor costs, according to the Energy Department’s Inspector General. In a report released Wednesday, the...

Defense Employees Break Charity Record for 9th Straight Year

February 12, 2013 Defense Department employees set a new contribution record for donations through the Combined Federal Campaign, according to the American Forces Press Service. During a ceremony on Monday, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said 30,000 of the department’s employees had contributed $15.2 million dollars to the Combined Federal Campaign of the...

SBA Chief, Other Key Administration Officials Announce Departures

February 11, 2013 Several senior Obama administration officials have announced their departures from government service recently, adding to the list of vacancies the president will need to fill for his second term. Small Business Administration head Karen Mills announced her resignation on Monday. Mills joined the agency in 2009 after a career in...

Obama to Release Fiscal 2014 Budget Next Month, Defense memo Says

February 11, 2013 President Obama will release his fiscal 2014 budget request in mid-March, according to a Defense Department memo obtained by several news organizations. The Feb. 5 memo from Defense Deputy Comptroller John Roth to financial managers at the Pentagon said Obama intends to “submit the top-level budget to the Congress in...

Vets Could Pay In-state Tuition Anywhere Under New Bill

February 8, 2013 A new bill would require public higher education institutions to offer veterans in-state tuition rates. The 2013 G.I. Bill Tuition Fairness Act is part of “commonsense change” to give veterans greater access to affordable higher education, said Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., who introduced the legislation in the Senate this week....

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