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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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One Tweet at a Time

May 28, 2013 Government often is seen as slow and mired in red tape, but U.S. Geological Survey Web and Social Media Coordinator Scott Horvath is doing his part to reverse that stereotype. In mid-March, the Union of Concerned Scientists released a report grading federal scientific agencies on the effectiveness and accessibility of ...

Interior Announces Summer Jobs Program, Cancels Park Police Furloughs

May 24, 2013 This story has been updated. The Interior Department has launched a program to provide jobs for 17,000 young people at locations on the country’s public lands, in national parks and at wildlife reserves, as the National Park Service announced it was canceling remaining furloughs for U.S. Park Police. The new ...

Head of IRS Exempt Organizations Division Placed on Administrative Leave

May 23, 2013 An IRS executive on Thursday was put on administrative leave as part of the ongoing fallout from the agency’s recent scandal, multiple news outlets reported. Lois Lerner, the director of the IRS’ exempt organizations division, sent an email on Thursday notifying staff about the change in her employment situation at ...

Bill to Keep Tax Cheats Out of Fed Workforce Introduced in Senate

May 23, 2013 A bipartisan group of Senators on Thursday introduced legislation that would ban the federal government from employing or hiring people with large, unpaid tax debts. The bill, introduced by Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., would require all federal employees to be “current” on their federal income taxes, ...

Video: Jon Stewart Rips Senators for Letting Apple Off Easy on Corporate Taxes

May 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Jon Stewart last night derided a Senate panel’s kid-gloves treatment of Apple Inc.’s testimony on its complex corporate tax structure. Tuesday’s hearing in front of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations was meant to discuss the corporate tax laws that allow Apple to shelter over $102 billion through a web ...

Video: Stephen Colbert on the Census Bureau

May 22, 2013 Comedian Stephen Colbert last night pilloried proposed legislation that would restrict the Census Bureau from conducting certain types of surveys. Colbert poked fun at the 2013 Census Reform Act, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C. The bill, proposed in early May, would repeal the agency’s ability to survey for many ...

Defense Cuts Are Squeezing Programs

May 20, 2013 Budget cuts at the Defense Department are affecting many programs for service members and civilians, as managers mull hundreds of billions of dollars of additional reductions in the coming years. Furloughs resulting from sequestration budget cuts are forcing commissaries to close for 11 Mondays, beginning on July 8. Nancy Mitchell, ...

Infographic: We the (Unconfirmed) People

May 17, 2013 Twenty-one percent. That’s how many of President Obama’s nominees for government posts have been confirmed during the first session of the 113th Congress, according to data recently published by the Congressional Record. The numbers come as the administration and members of Congress grumble about the growing number of vacancies in ...

Lawmakers Fight Defense Furlough Plan

May 16, 2013 Lawmakers are pushing back against the Defense Department’s plan to furlough civilian employees for 11 days through the rest of the fiscal year. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., urged Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a floor speech Thursday to reconsider civilian furloughs for Department of Defense Education Activity teachers. He said ...

Bills Address Military Sexual Assault Crisis

May 16, 2013 Lawmakers are moving quickly to address the escalating problem of sexual assault within the military. On Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators and representatives introduced the 2013 Military Justice Improvement Act. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who has been vocal about the issue and was a key driver of the legislation, ...