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Kellie Lunney

Senior Correspondent Kellie Lunney covers federal pay and benefits issues, the budget process and financial management. After starting her career in journalism at Government Executive in 2000, she returned in 2008 after four years at sister publication National Journal 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 Washington Journal, 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.
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Senior Execs to Congress: Making Us At-Will Employees Will 'Destroy' Us

12:00 AM ET Current and former senior executives fear that making it easier to fire top career officials will politicize the top ranks of government, erode morale, and damage efforts to recruit and retain talented employees, according to a new survey. Eighty-seven percent of respondents to a survey conducted by the Senior Executives ...

White House Teases Its Support for Military Compensation Reform

March 31, 2015 President Obama will let Congress know by April 30 which recommendations to reform the military’s compensation system he’d like to see implemented first. “My administration fully supports the underlying objectives of each of the commission’s 15 recommendations,” Obama wrote in March 30 letters to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Senate ...

Obama Will Weigh In By April 30 On Military Panel's Proposed Compensation Reforms

March 30, 2015 President Obama will let Congress know by April 30 which recommendations to reform the military’s compensation system he’d like to see implemented first. “My administration fully supports the underlying objectives of each of the commission’s 15 recommendations,” Obama wrote in March 30 letters to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Senate ...

IG: Former Hawaii VA Supervisor Circumvented Benefits Claims Policy

March 30, 2015 A former supervisor at the Honolulu Veterans Affairs regional office acted inappropriately when he failed to follow proper procedure for processing benefits claims, according to a new report from the department’s inspector general. The manager, who has since resigned, removed certain controls between April and August 2014 in the electronic ...

Lawmaker Wants All VA Bonuses Halted Until Colorado Project Is Completed

March 27, 2015 A new House bill would prohibit the Veterans Affairs Department from awarding any bonuses until a nearly $2 billion VA hospital in Colorado is up and running. Republicans and Democrats are outraged over the troubled construction of a new VA medical facility in Aurora, a project that’s been beset by ...

Lawmaker Wants to Ban All VA Bonuses Until Troubled Construction Project is Finished

March 26, 2015 A new House bill would prohibit the Veterans Affairs Department from awarding any bonuses until a nearly $2 billion VA hospital in Colorado is up and running. Republicans and Democrats are outraged over the troubled construction of a new VA medical facility in Aurora, a project that’s been beset by ...

Better VA Accountability Won't Send Employees Running, Lawmaker Says

March 25, 2015 The sponsor of a House bill that would crack down further on misconduct and poor performance among senior executives at Veterans Affairs said on Tuesday that his legislation ultimately will attract, rather than scare away, talented career employees. H.R. 473, the 2015 Increasing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability to ...

Bill Allowing Uncle Sam to Fire Federal Tax Cheats Resurfaces

March 25, 2015 Federal employees and contractors who cheat on their taxes would be out of a job under two bills approved Wednesday by a House panel. H.R. 1563, sponsored by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, would allow agencies to fire federal employees who fail to pay ...

Dept. of Common Sense: Don’t Watch Porn on a Government Computer

March 25, 2015 A House committee on Wednesday approved legislation that bans federal employees from accessing pornography on government computers. Seems like common sense, right? Well, the bill -- also introduced in the last Congress -- was prompted by the case of an Environmental Protection Agency employee who allegedly spent an average of ...

VA Accountability Measure Will Attract Talented Senior Execs, Lawmaker Argues

March 24, 2015 The sponsor of a House bill that would crack down further on misconduct and poor performance among senior executives at Veterans Affairs said on Tuesday that his legislation ultimately will attract, rather than scare away, talented career employees. H.R. 473, the 2015 Increasing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability to ...