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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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...

Top Secret Defense Contractors No Longer Being Reinvestigated

June 14, 2013 “Funding shortfalls” are forcing the Defense Department to suspend most periodic reinvestigations of contractors cleared for top-secret status in some national security jobs starting Friday through the remainder of fiscal 2013, according to a recent announcement. The Defense Security Service, the agency that manages the reinvestigations, said the cuts would...

Help Sue the Government Over NSA Snooping, GOP Lawmaker Says

June 13, 2013 A popular Republican lawmaker is supporting a class action lawsuit against the government over surveillance programs that have collected information and phone records of millions of American citizens. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., formally announced his intention to support and promote the effort during an event Thursday on Capitol Hill. Eighty-six...

China Thwarts Its Citizens’ Access to White House Petition

June 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow People who post petitions to the White House website We the People often complain the government isn’t really paying attention to their grievances; another group, however, seems to be paying very close attention: the Chinese government. On May 5, someone in Miami posted a We the People petition asking the...

Pentagon Preparing Two Budget Plans for Fiscal 2014

June 12, 2013 The Pentagon is planning for two scenarios in fiscal 2014 because the outcome of budget negotiations between the White House and Congress remains uncertain, a senior Defense Department official said on Wednesday. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the department was “prepared for a wide range of budget contingencies,” adding...

The Army's Weapon of Mass Deliciousness

June 11, 2013 This is a tank that will conquer all dessert environments. On Friday, TLC’s "D.C. Cupcakes" show will reveal the details behind the construction of a fully functioning, 1-ton cupcake tank built by Washington-based Georgetown Cupcakes last year. The company’s owners, Katherine Kallinis Berman and her sister Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, baked...

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