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 Execshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/house-set-vote-bill-making-it-easier-fire-senior-execs/94220/The 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/house-set-vote-bill-making-it-easier-fire-senior-execs/94220/OversightAndrey_Popov/Shutterstock.comProposed Rule Prohibits Federal Contractors From Firing Employees Who Discuss Payhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/proposed-rule-prohibits-federal-contractors-firing-employees-who-discuss-pay/94115/Groups have 90 days to comment on regulations to implement President Obama’s April executive order.Kellie LunneyMon, 15 Sep 2014 15:16:30 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/proposed-rule-prohibits-federal-contractors-firing-employees-who-discuss-pay/94115/ContractingUnder 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 Benefitshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/new-guidance-aims-help-vietnam-era-vets-who-are-denied-benefits/94001/The 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/new-guidance-aims-help-vietnam-era-vets-who-are-denied-benefits/94001/DefenseDefense 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 http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/09/homeland-security-outfits-homes-ariz-employees-fancy-countertops-walk-pantries/93875/Customs and border agency paid a premium for land and unnecessary amenities, watchdog says.Kellie LunneyThu, 11 Sep 2014 16:14:30 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/09/homeland-security-outfits-homes-ariz-employees-fancy-countertops-walk-pantries/93875/ManagementNonessential 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?http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/09/feds-can-donate-more-charities-will-they/93746/The annual Combined Federal Campaign runs through Dec. 15.Kellie LunneyWed, 10 Sep 2014 16:37:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/09/feds-can-donate-more-charities-will-they/93746/Pay & 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 Flagshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/agencies-can-now-honor-fallen-feds-american-flags/93557/Next 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/agencies-can-now-honor-fallen-feds-american-flags/93557/Pay & 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 Numberhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/09/va-chief-shares-recruitment-concerns-reform-plan-and-his-cell-phone-number/93428/Bob McDonald wants everyone to know he really values transparency and feedback.Kellie LunneyMon, 08 Sep 2014 16:21:57 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/09/va-chief-shares-recruitment-concerns-reform-plan-and-his-cell-phone-number/93428/ManagementVA 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 Fundshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/feds-can-now-roll-over-unused-flexible-spending-account-funds/93260/OPM 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/feds-can-now-roll-over-unused-flexible-spending-account-funds/93260/Pay & Benefitsmariocigic/Shutterstock.comA Primer on Federal Pay and Benefits in Case the Government Shuts Down Againhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/primer-federal-pay-and-benefits-case-government-shuts-down-again/93149/Washington leaders have vowed to keep agencies funded past Sept. 30, but nothing is a done deal.Kellie LunneyThu, 04 Sep 2014 14:05:36 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/primer-federal-pay-and-benefits-case-government-shuts-down-again/93149/Pay & BenefitsFlickr user James Marvin PhelpsParking Perk Will Continue to Dwarf Transit Benefit Unless Congress Acts http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/parking-perk-will-continue-dwarf-transit-benefit-unless-congress-acts/93086/Union expects parity will be restored by the end of this year.Kellie LunneyWed, 03 Sep 2014 17:44:02 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/parking-perk-will-continue-dwarf-transit-benefit-unless-congress-acts/93086/Pay & BenefitsSan Francisco commuter traffic.Flickr user wonderlaneHow Obama’s Federal Pay Plan Dashed a Bigger Raisehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/09/how-obamas-federal-pay-plan-dashed-bigger-raise/93068/Had the president stayed mum, civilian feds and service members would see larger paychecks in 2015.Kellie LunneyWed, 03 Sep 2014 17:15:15 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/09/how-obamas-federal-pay-plan-dashed-bigger-raise/93068/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchisak55/Shutterstock.comTSP Gains in Augusthttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/tsp-gains-august/92861/All the funds except for international stocks posted positive returns last month.Kellie LunneyTue, 02 Sep 2014 12:37:09 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/09/tsp-gains-august/92861/Pay & Benefitsleungchopan/Shutterstock.comCan You Apply for Phased Retirement This Fall? It Depends on Your Agencyhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/can-you-apply-phased-retirement-fall-it-depends-your-agency/92777/OPM 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/can-you-apply-phased-retirement-fall-it-depends-your-agency/92777/Pay & 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 Insurancehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/temp-feds-are-one-step-closer-health-insurance/92654/As 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/temp-feds-are-one-step-closer-health-insurance/92654/Pay & Benefitsviviamo/Shutterstock.comMilitary Families Are More Worried Than Ever About the Effects of Budget Cutshttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/08/military-families-are-more-worried-ever-about-effects-budget-cuts/92615/Downsizing within Defense and sequestration’s long-term impact are creating anxiety over job security, survey finds.Kellie LunneyWed, 27 Aug 2014 17:14:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/08/military-families-are-more-worried-ever-about-effects-budget-cuts/92615/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits WatchStraight 8 Photography/Shutterstock.comMilitary Bonuses Affected Despite Sequestration’s Hiatushttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/military-bonuses-affected-despite-sequestrations-hiatus/92606/Defense hopes to save money by changing compensation structure associated with Marine Corps' special duty assignment pay.Kellie LunneyWed, 27 Aug 2014 17:02:01 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/military-bonuses-affected-despite-sequestrations-hiatus/92606/Pay & BenefitsPay rate changes affect drill instructors, among others. Cpl. Tyler J. Bolken/U.S. Marine CorpsCOLA Boost is Hovering Around 1.8 Percent Nowhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/cola-hovering-around-18-percent-now/92444/The 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/cola-hovering-around-18-percent-now/92444/Pay & BenefitsByjeng / Shutterstock.comIs This the Right Time for the White House to Promote Working from Home? http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/right-time-white-house-promote-working-home/92315/Allegations 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/right-time-white-house-promote-working-home/92315/Pay & Benefitskitzcorner / Shutterstock.comTravel Per Diems Aren’t Changing in Fiscal 2015http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/travel-diems-arent-changing-fiscal-2015/91562/Daily 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/travel-diems-arent-changing-fiscal-2015/91562/Pay & BenefitsFlickr user Jason KufferCivilians in Iraq To Get Higher Premium Payhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/civilians-iraq-get-higher-premium-pay/91376/New guidance from OPM extends the pay cap waiver for a longer period.Kellie LunneyWed, 13 Aug 2014 16:34:34 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/civilians-iraq-get-higher-premium-pay/91376/Pay & Benefitsrineca/Shutterstock.comHow Phased Retirement Affects Your TSPhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/08/how-phased-retirement-affects-your-tsp/91352/Many 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/08/how-phased-retirement-affects-your-tsp/91352/Pay & Benefits - Pay & Benefits Watchleungchopan/Shutterstock.comNot Everyone Is Eligible for Phased Retirementhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/not-everyone-eligible-phased-retirement/91232/Law 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/not-everyone-eligible-phased-retirement/91232/Pay & Benefitsbahri altay/Shutterstock.comHomeland Security Staff in Border Facilities Getting Sick on the Jobhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/homeland-security-staff-border-facilities-getting-sick-job/91010/Some 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/08/homeland-security-staff-border-facilities-getting-sick-job/91010/ManagementSupplies 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 http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/phased-retirement-finally-here/90869/Feds 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/phased-retirement-finally-here/90869/Pay & 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 Ithttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/defense-could-save-millions-health-care-costs-congressional-fix/90749/An 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/08/defense-could-save-millions-health-care-costs-congressional-fix/90749/Pay & Benefitscesc_assawin / Shutterstock.com