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Kedar Pavgi

Digital Producer/Reporter Kedar Pavgi is Digital Editor at Defense One. He joined Government Executive Media Group in 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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United States Dominates in Social Diplomacy

June 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department’s social media presence vastly dwarfs that of other countries using internet-based tools for public diplomacy efforts, according to a new report by a Canadian think tank. The 39 U.S. ambassadors with a digital media presence — including Twitter, Facebook and blogs — pack a significant punch, based ...

Navy Announces Layoffs for 745 Civilians

June 21, 2013 The Navy Installations Command on Wednesday announced that it would undertake a reduction in force for 745 civilian positions. The RIF will be completed by fiscal 2014, and will affect civilians working in 20 states; Washington, D.C.; Guam; Italy; Greece; and Cuba, according to the announcement. The Navy said it ...

Defense Sees Little Progress on Unwanted Sexual Contact in Six Years

June 20, 2013 Some 6.1 percent of military women reported unwanted sexual contact in 2012, compared to 6.8 percent in 2006, according to new data from the Pentagon, despite Defense Department efforts to tackle what it acknowleges as a sexual assault crisis. Of the reported incidents, 67 percent happened on military installations, and ...

Employees Sue Contractor Over Sequestration Layoffs

June 20, 2013 Former employees of a major government contractor are filing a class action lawsuit claiming the company did not follow the directives of the 1988 Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act when issuing layoff notices, Politico reported. The three employees behind the lawsuit against L-3 Communications argue that they were laid ...

Don’t Furlough Forest Fire Victims, Colo. Lawmaker Says

June 19, 2013 A Colorado lawmaker is asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to exempt civilians impacted by forest fires in Colorado from planned 11-day furloughs beginning in July. In a June 18 letter, Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., said that many members of the military and Colorado National Guard had “made a huge contribution ...

IRS Employees to Receive $70 Million in Bonuses

June 19, 2013 Internal Revenue Service employees are set to receive $70 million in bonuses, despite a White House directive to cancel the awards while sequestration is in place, the Associated Press reported. News about the bonuses came from the office of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, according to AP. The agency is following ...

Military Opening Positions to Women

June 18, 2013 The Defense Department on Tuesday formally rolled out plans to allow women to enroll in combat jobs, including in special operations forces such as the Army Rangers and Navy SEALS. Implementation schedules vary by service branch, but overall the military is planning to establish gender-neutral training and standards by September ...

Army Encourages Managers to Fill Openings Created by Training Programs

June 17, 2013 The Army is encouraging managers to “backfill” vacancies created by civilians taking career development, leadership or training programs. In guidance released on June 12, Deputy Assistant Army Secretary Anthony Stamillo said the service wanted to “encourage [its] high performing employees” to apply for career development programs and also make Army ...

Federal Employees Increasingly Under Attack on Public Lands

June 17, 2013 Federal employees working in the country’s outdoor areas were victims of more violent attacks in 2012 than in previous years, according to a report by an advocacy group. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a non-profit alliance of government officials and environmental advocates, cited a number of factors for the increase, ...

Rules on Giving Flags to Families of Fallen Feds Announced by OPM

June 14, 2013 The Office of Personnel Management on Friday announced new guidelines for issuing U.S. flags to family members of federal employees who have been killed in the line of service. The proposed rule, to be formally published in the June 17 edition of the Federal Register, is an implementation of the ...