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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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Service members to receive higher housing allowance in 2013

December 17, 2012 Military service members are set to see a $60 average increase in their basic allowance for housing in 2013, according to the American Forces Press Service. Cheryl Anne Woehr, who helps manage basic allowance for housing, told AFPS that rental rates increased by an average of 3.8 percent in 2012. ...

NOAA head set to step down in February 2013

December 13, 2012 The administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced that she will leave the agency at the end of February 2013. In an email to NOAA staff on Wednesday morning, Jane Lubchenco said that she was planning to return to her family and academia on the West Coast. ...

Sequestration could mean furloughs for more than 2,000 air traffic controllers

December 12, 2012 The automatic budget cuts scheduled to kick in on Jan. 2, 2013, could lead to furloughs for more than 2,000 air traffic control employees, a union representing them said Wednesday. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association released a report noting that in the absence of a deficit reduction deal, the ...

Customs and Border agents could receive back pay under labor arbitration

December 12, 2012 A recent decision by a labor arbitrator could restore thousands of dollars of back pay to 350 current and former Customs and Border Protection agents, according to Federal Times. In a decision released last week, arbitrator Louise Berman Wolitz said the Homeland Security Department “crushed employee morale” by not paying ...

Hacker group claims to breach NASA, Pentagon servers

December 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A hacker group claimed responsibility for releasing information from servers belonging to several federal agencies, defense contractors and other companies, according to a statement released on Tuesday. In an attack dubbed #ProjectWhiteFox, hacker group Team GhostShell said the breach was its final in a series of attacks this year and ...

Expansion of FEHBP-covered autism treatments draws praise as initial step

December 7, 2012 A major federal employee union commended the Office of Personnel Management for allowing insurance coverage for certain autism treatments but said the agency must do more to help federal workers with autistic children, according to a statement. The American Federation of Government Employees lauded OPM’s decision to consider applied behavior ...

Resolve the fiscal cliff or don’t get paid (or sick), petitioners tell Congress, Obama

December 6, 2012 The government should stop paying and providing health benefits to the president and members of Congress until the fiscal cliff is resolved, according to a petition digitally signed by thousands at the White House’s We the People website. The petition created on Dec. 3 by Deborah P. of Arlington, Texas, ...

House passes Coast Guard bill with new housing, travel benefits

December 5, 2012 The House on Wednesday passed a Coast Guard authorization bill that would provide enhanced housing and benefits for current service members. The 2012 Coast Guard Authorization Act, allots the service $8.6 billion in fiscal 2013 and $8.7 billion in fiscal 2014 respectively. The measure -- introduced by Reps. Frank LoBiondo, ...

Suspect charged in bombing of Arizona federal building

December 4, 2012 The man accused of detonating an improvised explosive device at a Social Security office in Arizona was charged Monday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, according to several news sources. Abdullatif Aldosary, a resident of Coolidge, Ariz., was charged with damaging a federal building with explosives and felony weapons possession, ...

The 'Plum Book' is out in print and digital formats

December 3, 2012 The Government Printing Office on Monday released its quadrennial “United States Policy and Supporting Positions” directory, colloquially known as the “Plum Book.” The book provides a guide to the more than 8,000 federal civil service leadership and support positions available in the executive and legislative branches. In a 21st century ...