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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 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...

Simulated bodies could help military reduce use of animals in surgery training

August 7, 2012 Military medical trainers’ use of simulated bodies, known as cut suits, can help personnel learn combat surgery without operating on live animals, Marine Corps Times has reported. The military uses more than 6,000 animals every year for its “wound labs,” which train medics in dealing with traumatic injuries, according to...

Thousands of postmasters take early retirement, buyouts

August 6, 2012 Nearly 3,800 postmasters accepted incentives to leave the U.S. Postal Service as of July 31, and hundreds more plan to join them in the coming weeks. Postal Service spokesman Mark Saunders told the Federal Times that 3,776 postmasters had elected to leave at the end of July. An additional 95...

NOAA weather forecasting center moving to College Park, Md.

August 6, 2012 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be moving its weather forecasting center to a new facility in College Park, Md., this fall, a spokeswoman said Monday. After running the weather operations out of an aging building in Camp Springs, Md., for many years, NOAA finally will inaugurate a new...

Agencies need better plans to protect feds in a flu pandemic, GAO says

August 3, 2012 Agencies must be more prepared to minimize the harm a pandemic flu outbreak could have on the federal workforce, a Government Accountability Office report said. The GAO report revealed key deficiencies in information sharing among government agencies, which could obstruct a coordinated federal response to a possible outbreak. It also...

Presidential transitions should be much faster, panelists say

August 2, 2012 Recently passed legislation to reduce the number of federal positions that require Senate confirmation is one step toward eliminating barriers to getting a presidential administration in place, but much more needs to be done, according to former senior government officials. No matter who wins the presidential election in November, many...

Industry accused of exaggerating job losses from sequestration

August 1, 2012 A think tank analyst says sequestration may not result in as many defense-related job cuts as industry officials claim. Peter Singer, director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution, argued Tuesday that a report on projected job losses that the Aerospace Industries Association released in mid-July was...