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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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Prospective Presidential Management Fellows get an extra week to apply

November 19, 2012 The deadline for applications to the Presidential Management Fellows program has been extended to Nov. 26, according to an announcement on the program’s website. The Office of Personnel Management extended the deadline by about one week to “accommodate applicants who may have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.” The program’s application ...

Government settles ICE discrimination case

November 16, 2012 The government has settled a discrimination lawsuit with a senior agent from the Homeland Security Department’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, the Associated Press has reported. A lawyer for ICE Agent James T. Hayes Jr. said in a court record that the “parties have come to an agreement in principal” ...

State neglected GAO’s diplomatic security advice

November 16, 2012 The State Department did not follow up on recommendations made in 2009 to improve diplomatic security, a failing that may have contributed to critical staffing shortages at dangerous diplomatic posts around the world, a Government Accountability Office official said Thursday. In a written statement presented to the House Committee on ...

HUD secretary to lead long-term Sandy recovery efforts

November 15, 2012 President Obama has directed Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to lead the federal government’s long-term recovery efforts in the areas hit by Hurricane Sandy. After traveling to New York on Thursday to visit storm-struck areas, President Obama said Donovan will coordinate federal action for states that are looking ...

Former AFRICOM general demoted over excessive spending

November 13, 2012 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday demoted former Gen. William “Kip” Ward, who had served as head of the U.S. Africa Command, following allegations of “unauthorized expenses” and “lavish travel,” the Associated Press reported. Ward, the first head of the Stuttgart, Germany-based U.S AFRICOM, was investigated for excessive spending, including ...

Contract competition increasing at DHS, think tank says

November 13, 2012 Contract competition at the Homeland Security Department has increased significantly, according to a new report that still warns inadequate spending on research and development may hinder DHS down the road. The paper published Tuesday by the Center for Strategic and International Studies found that the majority of contracts that DHS ...

Wearing campaign shirts no longer violates Hatch Act, OSC says

November 9, 2012 Federal employees won’t violate the Hatch Act by wearing clothing or carrying items from presidential campaigns to work, but they still are prohibited by law from donning or displaying paraphernalia that directly support a political party or group, according to an advisory memo from the federal government’s independent investigative body. ...

OPM expands benefits for feds affected by Sandy

November 8, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management will provide federal employees and retirees affected by Hurricane Sandy eligibility for special health and medical benefits, according to The Washington Post. The Post said OPM would ease certain restrictions on fee-for-service insurance plans under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, including deadlines for notifying ...

OPM director allows disaster relief fundraisers for Sandy

November 5, 2012 Federal departments and agencies can make special solicitations for Superstorm Sandy disaster relief fundraising efforts, according to a memo from Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry. In the Nov. 2 missive to department heads, chief human capital officers and human resource directors, Berry said federal agencies are authorized for ...

OPM to post videos, webcasts to help feds with open season benefits choices

November 2, 2012 Federal employees will be able to watch a series of live webcasts providing information on federal benefits open season, according to the Office of Personnel Management. The topics of the live online events include details on the federal benefits open season, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program, the ...