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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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Reconsidering the General Schedule

April 22, 2013 The “appropriateness” of the General Schedule pay system is up for review. In an April 18 letter obtained by Government Executive, three members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asked the Government Accountability Office to report on “the extent to which [the GS system] addresses critical skills gaps...

Large Contractor Undertakes Sequestration-Related Layoffs

April 19, 2013 A large government contractor sent layoff notices to employees, citing the budget uncertainties caused by the across-the-board spending cuts from sequestration. L-3 Communications Systems announced that it was reducing its staff in its Salt Lake City office by 190 employees, or 4.2 percent. The company said the action was being...

24 Current and Former IRS Employees Charged With Stealing Government Benefits

April 18, 2013 Federal and Tennessee state prosecutors on Wednesday charged 24 current and former Internal Revenue Service employees with “fraudulently obtaining more than $250,000 in government benefits.” According to a statement released by the office of U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III, federal authorities charged 13 individuals with “falsely [stating] that they were...

Agencies Recognized for Making Documents Readable

April 17, 2013 Several federal agencies were commended on Wednesday for publishing official government literature in “clear and concise language.” Three federal agencies won high honors at the 2013 ClearMark awards given out by the Center for Plain Language, an advocacy group. The awards are given “to the best plain language documents and...

Defense to Ask Congress for 'Large' Budget Transfer Authority

April 16, 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Tuesday that the Pentagon was going to send Congress a “large reprogramming request” to help offset some of the shortfalls caused by across-the-board budget cuts from sequestration. During a House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on President Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget request, Hagel said the...

Administration Responding to Boston Marathon Explosions, Obama Says

April 15, 2013 This story has been updated. President Obama said that the people or groups responsible for the two explosions on Monday afternoon at the Boston Marathon would “feel the full weight of justice.” During a press conference with reporters late Monday evening, Obama said that he was briefed by FBI Director...

Give Defense’s POW/MIA Sleuths Furlough Flexibility, Lawmakers Say

April 15, 2013 A bipartisan group of legislators is pushing to give additional furlough flexibility to Defense Department civilians charged with recovering U.S. prisoners of war and service members who went missing in action or were killed and not brought home. The 2013 POW/MIA Accounting and Recovery Support Act, introduced on Friday, would...

Union Calls on Pentagon to Eliminate Furloughs

April 12, 2013 A large federal employee union is calling on the Defense Department to completely eliminate furloughs for its civilian employees. In a statement released Friday, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. said he was “encouraged to hear” that the Pentagon was beginning to reconsider the prospect...

Defense May Reduce Furloughs Again as Navy Pushes to Eliminate Them

April 11, 2013 This story has been updated. Navy officials are pushing for zero furlough days, according to a top official, as the Pentagon reportedly considers reducing all Defense furloughs and hasn’t ruled out eliminating them entirely. Rear Adm. Joe Mulloy, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget, on Wednesday emphasized the...

Military Health Care Reform Included in Obama’s Budget

April 10, 2013 President Obama proposed military health care reforms on Wednesday in his 2014 budget, including higher fees and new enrollment fees for some TRICARE plans. New fees and deductibles would be “phased in over a five year period” and would be indexed to increases in the retiree cost-of-living adjustment, according to...

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