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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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Furlough Check-in: Tell Us How It’s Going So Far

June 6, 2013 For many federal employees, the much-dreaded furloughs of fiscal 2013 are under way. It’s still a little early, but we’re curious how people are holding up so far. Are the days of unpaid leave already causing a financial strain? Or have you managed to find a silver lining in having ...

Justice IG: U.S Marshals Overused Overtime Pay

June 5, 2013 Some Washington-based U.S. Marshals may have excessively used overtime pay, according to a report from the Justice Department inspector general. The IG’s report, released on Wednesday, audited the U.S. Marshals Service’s Office in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and found discrepancies in the use of overtime pay ...

Remember Not to Work for Contractors While on Furlough, Army Says

June 4, 2013 The Army has published a memo for employees providing ethics guidance on procuring outside employment during planned fiscal 2013 furloughs. The memo said Army civilians “should be mindful” when seeking outside employment, and warned employees to consider executive branch ethics regulations and existing laws such as the STOCK Act. It ...

Air Force Exempting Oklahoma Tornado Victims From Furloughs

June 3, 2013 The Air Force on Monday exempted some Oklahoma-based civilian employees affected by the recent tornadoes from planned Defense Department furloughs Tinker Air Force Base civilians whose homes were “destroyed or declared inhabitable” are being exempted from the 11 days of furloughs planned for Defense employees starting July 8, according to ...

‘Rightsize’ Defense Civilian Workforce, Analysts Say

June 3, 2013 A group of Washington think tank analysts on Monday encouraged Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and congressional leaders to “rightsize” the Pentagon’s civilian and contractor workforce to contain rising personnel costs and bloat. The 25 analysts—ranging from both ends of the political spectrum—said in a letter that “the size and structure” ...

NOAA Cancels Planned Employee Furloughs

June 3, 2013 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration canceled furloughs for its employees after the Commerce Department and congressional negotiators agreed on a new budget deal, according to multiple reports. In an all-hands memo sent late Friday, acting Commerce Undersecretary Kathryn Sullivan told employees that department officials were able to obtain budget ...

Americans: Furloughs Were So Last Month

May 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Are people no longer looking for furlough information? That’s one of the conclusions that could be drawn based on trends in Google search data. While the mandatory unpaid days of leave are causing hardship for thousands of federal workers, data from the millions of searches conducted on Google’s servers reveal ...

Plan for 10 Percent Budget Cut in Fiscal 2014, Defense Official Says

May 31, 2013 Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter directed senior Pentagon officials to plan for a possible 10 percent budget cut in fiscal 2014. In a memo sent to Defense Department managers on May 29 -- and obtained by Government Executive -- Carter instructed officials to develop options as part of the ongoing ...

Don't Furlough Defense Teachers, Say Senators

May 30, 2013 A group of Democratic senators is asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to exempt Defense Department teachers from planned furloughs in the fall. In a May 29 letter, Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va.; Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; and Kay Hagan, D-N.C., told Hagel that the five furlough days scheduled for Department of Defense ...

One Solution to Sequestration: Slash Tens of Thousands of Defense Jobs

May 30, 2013 The Defense Department could manage long-term budget cuts from sequestration by massively reducing its civilian workforce, according to teams of analysts from Washington-based think tanks. The teams came up with their solutions to the across-the-board spending cuts during a shadow budget review organized by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary ...