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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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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 ...

Twice as Many Vets Will Now Be Eligible for Non-VA Care

March 24, 2015 More veterans will be able to access health care outside of the Veterans Affairs medical system under a change the department announced on Tuesday. VA has tweaked one of the Choice program’s eligibility requirements -- the criterion related to a vet’s distance from the nearest VA facility -- under pressure ...

Some Feds Just Got a 34 Percent Pay Boost

March 23, 2015 Federal employees in certain skilled occupations in North Dakota and Montana will receive a significant pay boost to help match a spike in the area’s private-sector salaries, according to the Office of Personnel Management. The roughly 34 percent pay increase affects about 160 federal blue-collar workers in 17 different occupations, ...

How Old Is the Senior Executive Service?

March 20, 2015 This is the first in a series of stories about the demographics of the Senior Executive Service. If you are a senior executive under the age of 40, please contact klunney@govexec.com to help us in our research. About 4 percent of the Senior Executive Service is under the age of ...

Self-Plus-One Premiums Won’t Be Higher Than Family Coverage Option

March 19, 2015 Insurance providers in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program cannot charge higher premium rates in 2016 for the self-plus-one option than the rates for self and family, the Office of Personnel Management has announced. OPM expects proposals for self-plus-one rates “to be lower than self and family rates” but told ...

Bill Would Ban Misbehaving Feds From Getting Bonuses

March 18, 2015 This story has been updated. Federal employees who break the law or aren’t in good standing with their agency would be prohibited from receiving bonuses under a new bipartisan Senate bill. The Stop Wasteful Federal Bonuses Act, reintroduced on Monday by Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Claire ...