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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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Ask Us for More Money to Fill Defense Budget Holes, Senator Says

June 11, 2013 A lawmaker on Tuesday encouraged Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to file a supplemental budget request to fill fiscal 2013 budget holes caused by higher wartime costs and sequestration. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said civilian furloughs at the Defense Department have a “direct link” to higher-than-anticipated costs caused by the ongoing...

Has Sequestration Hit Defense Contractors Hard Enough?

June 11, 2013 A lawmaker on Tuesday pressed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on the high price-tag of contractors as part of the Pentagon’s workforce. The comments came from Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., during a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on the Pentagon’s fiscal 2014 budget request. Durbin framed his comments in...

Petition to Pardon NSA Leaker is Among Most Popular Ever Posted to White House Site

June 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been udpated. A petition on the White House’s We the People website demanding that President Obama pardon Edward Snowden, the leaker of National Security Agency documents, is gaining signatures at a rate that rivals and may surpass the most popular petitions ever posted to the site. More...

Some Fear Fed Charity Drive Reforms Will Hurt Giving

June 7, 2013 The Office of Personnel Management is facing a growing backlash against its proposals to revamp the federal charity drive. The protests over OPM’s Combined Federal Campaign reform ideas have taken a number of forms, including comments to the media, a recent petition on the White House’s We The People website...

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...

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