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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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What Will the App Developers Make of This?

May 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some federal agencies have gone above and beyond U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel’s May 2012 call to open as much of their data as possible to private sector entrepreneurs, according to a Nextgov analysis. Other agencies have barely met minimum open data requirements. The government released a catalog last ...

Storify: Defense Civilians Take Furlough Notices to Twitter

May 28, 2013 Defense Department civilians began receiving furlough notices on Tuesday to officially inform them of 11 days of mandatory unpaid leave scheduled to begin on July 8. Facing a 20 percent pay cut from July through September, some civilian employees took their frustrations to Twitter. We compiled some of their thoughts ...

Defense Begins Delivering Furlough Notices

May 28, 2013 Defense Department civilians on Tuesday began to receive furlough notices informing them of mandatory unpaid days off beginning in early July and running through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. The notices will be followed by a seven-day response period, during which employees can reply to officials ...

Around Government

May 28, 2013 VA's Oldest Beneficiaries Civil War survivor checks are among mounting veterans payments. Planners of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 were hardly focusing on the lengthy future of veterans benefit payments their action was locking the government into. But a decade later, federal checks going to service-disabled veterans and ...

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 ...