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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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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 ...

State withdraws Amazon Kindle contract

August 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department has withdrawn a contract to distribute Amazon Kindles at its embassies worldwide. In an update posted on FedBizOpps, the federal government announced it has withdrawn the $16.5 million contract with Amazon. The program would have distributed up to 35,000 Kindle Touches loaded with books and other applications ...

The least productive Congress in the modern era?

August 16, 2012 The 112th Congress is set to have the worst legislative year in nearly seven decades, according to an analysis by USA Today. Of the 3,914 bills that lawmakers have submitted this session, only 61 or approximately 2 percent, have become actual laws. In the calamitous congressional sessions of 2011, 90 ...

Sequestration could hit Washington area with recession, economist warns

August 15, 2012 The Washington metropolitan area could see a devastating recession from federal cuts associated with sequestration, an economist is warning. Sequestration -- across-the-board cuts to the federal budget that will take effect in January if lawmakers can’t agree on an alternative -- would result in major job cuts in Washington, Northern ...

Want to cut security clearance costs? Recognize other agencies’ credentials

August 13, 2012 The failure of federal agencies to recognize one another’s clearances is costing taxpayers millions of dollars, according to a government technology trade group. TechAmerica, an organization representing technology contractors, said agencies are creating inefficiencies by disregarding a requirement for reciprocity in the 2004 intelligence reform law. In a survey of ...

Social Security offers thousands of employees early retirement

August 8, 2012 The Social Security Administration sent employees notices on Monday, giving them an option for voluntary early retirement. Employees who accept the offer must retire by Sept. 30. To qualify, employees must have completed 20 years of creditable service and be at least 50 years old, or have 25 years of ...

USPS isn’t rich, but it’s pretty fast

August 7, 2012 The U.S. Postal Service is highly capable at its core service of delivering the mail, according to a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. In the report, titled “Letter Grading Government Efficiency,” economists from several universities tested the efficiency the postal systems in 159 countries by ...