Government Executive - Authors - Kellie Lunneyhttp://www.govexec.comKellie Lunney covers federal pay and benefits issues, the budget process and financial management. After starting her career in journalism at <i>Government Executive</i> in 2000, she returned in 2008 after four years at sister publication <i>National Journal</i> writing profiles of influential Washingtonians. In 2006, she received a fellowship at the Ohio State University through the Kiplinger Public Affairs in Journalism program, where she worked on a project that looked at rebuilding affordable housing in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. She has appeared on C-SPAN’s <i>Washington Journal</i>, NPR and Feature Story News, where she participated in a weekly radio roundtable on the 2008 presidential campaign. In the late 1990s, she worked at the Housing and Urban Development Department as a career employee. She is a graduate of Colgate University.en-usTue, 16 Sep 2014 14:29:51 -0400House Set to Vote on Bill Making It Easier to Fire Senior Execs legislation would make government’s top career officials eligible for one- to 14-day suspensions without pay.Kellie LunneyTue, 16 Sep 2014 14:29:51 -0400 Rule Prohibits Federal Contractors From Firing Employees Who Discuss Pay have 90 days to comment on regulations to implement President Obama’s April executive order.Kellie LunneyMon, 15 Sep 2014 15:16:30 -0400 the proposed rule, contract employees could not get pink slips for talking about pay. Gang Liu / Shutterstock.comNew Guidance Aims to Help Vietnam-Era Vets Who Are Denied Benefits Pentagon wants to make it easier for vets suffering from PTSD who received less-than-honorable discharges to obtain service benefits.Kellie LunneyFri, 12 Sep 2014 16:23:27 -0400 Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a memorandum Sept. 3 outlining the change. Glenn Fawcett/Defense DepartmentHomeland Security Outfits Homes for Ariz. Employees With Fancy Countertops, Walk-in Pantries and border agency paid a premium for land and unnecessary amenities, watchdog says.Kellie LunneyThu, 11 Sep 2014 16:14:30 -0400 amenities in the homes in Ajo, Arizona, included stainless steel appliances, the IG found. Elena Elisseeva/Shutterstock.comFeds Can Donate to More Charities, But Will They? annual Combined Federal Campaign runs through Dec. 15.Kellie LunneyWed, 10 Sep 2014 16:37:42 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchOPM Director Katherine Archuleta noted the changes are important as the workforce becomes more mobile. Labor DepartmentAgencies Can Now Honor Fallen Feds with American Flags of kin of civilians killed in the line of duty on or after Dec. 20, 2011, can request a flag.Kellie LunneyTue, 09 Sep 2014 12:37:43 -0400 & BenefitsIn April 2013, the Office of Personnel Management unveiled a memorial to civilian federal employees killed in the line of duty. Timothy Grant/OPMVA Chief Shares Recruitment Concerns, Reform Plan, and His Cell Phone Number McDonald wants everyone to know he really values transparency and feedback.Kellie LunneyMon, 08 Sep 2014 16:21:57 -0400 Secretary Bob McDonald has been touring the country meeting with veterans, employees and other stakeholders. Veterans Affairs Department Feds Can Now Roll Over Unused Flexible Spending Account Funds allows eligible participants in the health care FSA to carry up to $500 into the next plan year.Kellie LunneyFri, 05 Sep 2014 12:35:30 -0400 & Benefitsmariocigic/Shutterstock.comA Primer on Federal Pay and Benefits in Case the Government Shuts Down Again leaders have vowed to keep agencies funded past Sept. 30, but nothing is a done deal.Kellie LunneyThu, 04 Sep 2014 14:05:36 -0400 & BenefitsFlickr user James Marvin PhelpsParking Perk Will Continue to Dwarf Transit Benefit Unless Congress Acts expects parity will be restored by the end of this year.Kellie LunneyWed, 03 Sep 2014 17:44:02 -0400 & BenefitsSan Francisco commuter traffic.Flickr user wonderlaneHow Obama’s Federal Pay Plan Dashed a Bigger Raise the president stayed mum, civilian feds and service members would see larger paychecks in 2015.Kellie LunneyWed, 03 Sep 2014 17:15:15 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchisak55/Shutterstock.comTSP Gains in August the funds except for international stocks posted positive returns last month.Kellie LunneyTue, 02 Sep 2014 12:37:09 -0400 & Benefitsleungchopan/Shutterstock.comCan You Apply for Phased Retirement This Fall? It Depends on Your Agency is accepting applications beginning in November, but some agencies are telling employees they can’t apply that soon.Kellie LunneyFri, 29 Aug 2014 14:10:39 -0400 & BenefitsOPM Director Katherine Archuleta has said the agency will be ready to accept applications Nov. 6. Kristoffer TripplaarTemp Feds Are One Step Closer to Health Insurance comment period on draft rules ends, union urges OPM to provide access to FEHBP to newly-eligible employees ASAP.Kellie LunneyThu, 28 Aug 2014 14:42:15 -0400 & Benefitsviviamo/Shutterstock.comMilitary Families Are More Worried Than Ever About the Effects of Budget Cuts within Defense and sequestration’s long-term impact are creating anxiety over job security, survey finds.Kellie LunneyWed, 27 Aug 2014 17:14:37 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchStraight 8 Photography/Shutterstock.comMilitary Bonuses Affected Despite Sequestration’s Hiatus hopes to save money by changing compensation structure associated with Marine Corps' special duty assignment pay.Kellie LunneyWed, 27 Aug 2014 17:02:01 -0400 & BenefitsPay rate changes affect drill instructors, among others. Cpl. Tyler J. Bolken/U.S. Marine CorpsCOLA Boost is Hovering Around 1.8 Percent Now exact cost-of-living adjustment for 2015 won’t be known until October when all the numbers are in.Kellie LunneyTue, 26 Aug 2014 15:46:49 -0400 & BenefitsByjeng / Shutterstock.comIs This the Right Time for the White House to Promote Working from Home? of feds abusing telework at Patent and Trademark Office put honest employees and managers in a tough spot.Kellie LunneyMon, 25 Aug 2014 13:46:58 -0400 & Benefitskitzcorner / Shutterstock.comTravel Per Diems Aren’t Changing in Fiscal 2015 rates for government travelers will remain at $83 for lodging, and between $46 and $71 for meals and other expenses.Kellie LunneyFri, 15 Aug 2014 12:12:36 -0400 & BenefitsFlickr user Jason KufferCivilians in Iraq To Get Higher Premium Pay guidance from OPM extends the pay cap waiver for a longer period.Kellie LunneyWed, 13 Aug 2014 16:34:34 -0400 & Benefitsrineca/Shutterstock.comHow Phased Retirement Affects Your TSP of the same rules will still apply for those who partially retire and continue to work part-time.Kellie LunneyWed, 13 Aug 2014 16:09:39 -0400 & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchleungchopan/Shutterstock.comNot Everyone Is Eligible for Phased Retirement enforcement officers and air traffic controllers are among those feds who can’t take advantage of the government’s new HR tool.Kellie LunneyTue, 12 Aug 2014 13:21:37 -0400 & Benefitsbahri altay/Shutterstock.comHomeland Security Staff in Border Facilities Getting Sick on the Job employees have contracted scabies, lice and chicken pox at Texas detention centers for children fleeing Central America.Kellie LunneyFri, 08 Aug 2014 14:28:36 -0400 at a detention facility in Karnes City, Texas. The IG report noted DHS employees have used their own money to donate food and clothing to unaccompanied minors. Eric Gay/APPhased Retirement is Finally Here can submit their applications to work part-time and receive half of their annuity beginning Nov. 6.Kellie LunneyThu, 07 Aug 2014 13:02:52 -0400 & BenefitsPart work, part retirement: Feds could spend more time at the beach. Or even working at the beach.Ditty_about_summer/Shutterstock.comDefense Could Save Millions in Health Care Costs If Congress Would Let It outdated—and expensive—Defense health care program duplicates benefits offered elsewhere, but Congress has to change the law to get rid of it.Kellie LunneyWed, 06 Aug 2014 14:42:26 -0400 & Benefitscesc_assawin /