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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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TSP Rebounds in July

August 3, 2015 Every fund in the Thrift Savings Plan, except the one invested in small and midsize companies, posted positive returns in July, according to the latest data from the board overseeing the TSP. The S Fund had the worst month, dropping 0.12 percent in July. The fund, however, has gained 4.83...

Despite Possible Government Shutdown, Many Military Families Think Congress Will Reverse Sequestration in the Fall

July 31, 2015 A new survey of military families found that more than half believe that Congress will repeal sequestration before the across-the-board spending cuts fully resume in October. Fifty-two percent of service members and their families “are still holding on to the belief that Congress will void sequestration” before fiscal 2016 starts...

Congress OKs Shifting $3 Billion To Bail Out Cash-Strapped VA

July 31, 2015 The Senate on Thursday approved legislation by a vote of 91-4 that would give the Veterans Affairs Department budget flexibility to avoid closing hospitals this summer. The upper chamber passed the House’s short-term, three-month highway spending bill, which also includes provisions that allow VA to use $3.3 billion from the...

Congress Bails Out the VA, Helping Avoid Furloughs

July 30, 2015 The Senate on Thursday approved legislation by a vote of 91-4 that would give the Veterans Affairs Department budget flexibility to avoid closing hospitals this summer. The upper chamber passed the House’s short-term, three-month highway spending bill, which also includes provisions that allow VA to use $3.3 billion from the...

House Decides It Should Be a Lot Easier for VA to Fire Employees

July 29, 2015 This story has been updated. The House on Wednesday passed a bill that would make it easier to fire employees at the Veterans Affairs Department. Despite a veto threat from the White House and widespread opposition from federal employee advocates, lawmakers approved in a 256-170 vote the 2015 VA Accountability...

House to Vote Before Recess on Bill Making It Easier to Fire VA Employees

July 28, 2015 The House on Wednesday will consider a last-minute budget measure to ensure Veterans Affairs’ hospitals don’t close in August, as well as a separate bill that would make it easier to fire department employees. House lawmakers have crafted a measure that would allow VA to use $3.3 billion from the...

TSP’s Future: Flexible Withdrawals and Mutual Fund Options

July 27, 2015 Members of the board that oversees the Thrift Savings Plan gave agency staff the green light on Monday to move ahead with plans to eventually provide participants with more flexibility to withdraw money from their accounts, and offer federal employees the option to invest in mutual funds. Greg Long, executive...

VA Employee Faces Criminal Charges in Connection With Cooking the Books

July 24, 2015 A long-time employee of the Veterans Affairs Department has been charged with falsifying veterans’ medical records in connection with the scandal involving delays in scheduling appointments for vets seeking care. Cathedral Henderson, 50, has been charged with 50 counts of making false statements for allegedly cooking the books to hide...

Lawmakers Scramble to Fast-Track Deal to Prevent VA Hospital Closures

July 23, 2015 A deal to give the Veterans Affairs Department budget flexibility to avoid shutting hospitals this summer is imminent, according to a top Senate Republican. Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said on Wednesday that the House is working to get a package over to the Senate so the upper...

Bill Making It Easier to Fire VA Employees Heads to Senate Floor

July 22, 2015 A Senate panel on Wednesday advanced legislation that would make it easier to fire employees at the Veterans Affairs Department. During an afternoon markup, the chamber’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved S. 1082, which would give the VA secretary much more flexibility to fire corrupt or poor-performing employees, not just top...