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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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Ten more cities will get non-standard travel reimbursement rates

September 5, 2012 The General Services Administration has decided to designate 10 additional cities as “nonstandard” areas for travel reimbursement rates, according to an announcement posted in the Federal Register on Wednesday. The designation means the regions -- frequently traveled by government employees -- will get unique per diem rates rather than being ...

TSA adding security officers for Democratic Convention

September 4, 2012 The Transportation Security Administration is boosting its ranks at Charlotte-Douglas Airport in North Carolina, in preparation for the traffic surge from this week’s Democratic National Convention. According to Charlotte’s WSOC-TV, 161 officers are being brought in to help the 550 currently stationed in the airport. The additional personnel will include ...

Around Government

September 1, 2012 Adjusting for Inflation Helium shortage could put a damper on some lofty missions in government and industry. What’s threatening to bring down balloons, rocket components and medical devices all at the same time? A helium shortage. The element, ubiquitous throughout the universe, is rare on Earth. Most of the world’s ...

Government contractor SAIC to split into two firms

August 31, 2012 Science Applications International Corp. will be splitting off into two publicly traded companies, according to a statement SAIC released. One of the new companies will focus on government technical services and information technology, while the other will target what SAIC called “high-growth markets” in national security, engineering and health. The ...

Cloud Computing Baffles Most Americans

August 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Feds are going full speed ahead transitioning key data storage and services to the cloud, but few Americans have any idea what that means apparently. According to a survey released by technology firm Citrix Systems, 54 percent of Americans said they did not use cloud computing, when in reality nearly ...

Postal Service offers 3,300 more early retirements

August 29, 2012 The U.S. Postal Service has offered 3,300 eligible employees voluntary early retirements. The 3,300 employees are managers and administrative staff on the executive and administrative schedule, a pay scale covering approximately 55,000 people. According to the Federal Times, eligible employees have until Nov. 19 to accept the deal and must ...

Topless Women Pose a Challenge to White House Engagement Forum

August 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This surely wasn’t what White House officials had in mind when they launched We the People, the online forum aimed at “giving all Americans a way to engage their government on the issues that matter to them.” GoTopless, created in 2007 by members of the Raelian movement, launched a protest ...

Federal agencies respond to Isaac

August 28, 2012 This story has been updated with details. President Obama told Gulf Coast residents to heed the advice of local officials -- including any calls to evacuate -- in a statement from the White House on Tuesday, spearheading the large-scale efforts under way throughout the federal government in preparation for Hurricane ...

Employees help GSA save millions annually

August 23, 2012 The General Services Administration has accepted five employee-generated ideas that will save the agency approximately $5.5 million annually. The proposals came from the Great Ideas Hunt, an initiative GSA launched in May to help develop cost saving initiatives. During a town hall meeting in July with information technology contractors, GSA ...

Fewer feds filing discrimination claims, EEOC says

August 21, 2012 Fewer federal employees filed discrimination claims in 2011, but processing hearings and appeals still took longer because complainants more frequently pursued additional actions, according to a report released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Monday. Compared to fiscal 2010, 3.5 percent fewer complaints were filed in fiscal 2011 by ...