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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 Struggles in June

July 1, 2016 The Thrift Savings Plan struggled in June mostly due to the financial turmoil Brexit created, but it wasn’t all bad news: Four of its offerings posted positive returns last month. Fixed income bonds in the F Fund rose 1.80 percent – the biggest return of any TSP offering in June...

SES Performance Award Spending Cap Will Increase to 7.5 Percent in October

June 30, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management is reminding agencies to raise the spending cap on senior executive bonuses beginning in October, and said it would issue additional guidance soon on how to better reward top performers. The aggregate spending cap on agency performance awards for those in the Senior Executive Service...

More Than $100 Million in Taxpayer Money Mistakenly Went to Vets in Prison

June 29, 2016 This story was updated. The government improperly shelled out $104.1 million in disability compensation and pension payments over seven years to veterans in prison, according to a new watchdog report. The Veterans Benefits Administration failed to slash benefits given to vets incarcerated in federal, state and local correctional facilities between...

Members of Congress Really Seem to Like the TSP

June 28, 2016 House lawmakers have introduced a bill that would create a new retirement program for American workers modeled on the Thrift Savings Plan. The bill would automatically enroll private-sector workers without access to a retirement savings plan through their employer into an American Savings Account to help them build nest eggs....

Unsurprisingly, TSP Funds Are In the Red After Brexit

June 27, 2016 Several of the Thrift Savings Plan’s offerings were in the red by close of business Friday because of the global financial and political uncertainty caused by Britain’s decision last Thursday to leave the European Union. The board that oversees the Thrift Savings Plan on Monday reported that the C, S,...

TSP Tells Feds Not to Panic After Brexit Vote Sends Markets Tumbling

June 24, 2016 The board that oversees the Thrift Savings Plan on Friday cautioned federal enrollees not to freak out about their retirement nests eggs. The warning came after England’s decision Thursday to leave the European Union caused markets to tumble in an international uproar. The agency posted a message online and sent...

What Would a Bunch of Vets Tell the Presidential Candidates If They Were Trapped on an Elevator Together?

June 23, 2016 Veterans, like the country they’ve defended and served, are an increasingly diverse group; they don’t march in lockstep when it comes to politics and policy. But there are a few areas that engender broad agreement among vets: Those who haven’t served can never truly understand their experiences, and by and...

Senator Pushes For Action on VA Accountability Reforms

June 22, 2016 The head of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee is pushing for a floor vote on major legislation that would limit the rights of senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department to appeal their removal. Less than a week after the department announced that it would no longer use the expedited...

Senior Executive Service Faces ‘Pivotal Moment’ on Cusp of Next Administration

June 21, 2016 This story has been updated. The Senior Executive Service, older and less diverse than the rest of the federal workforce, faces serious challenges recruiting talented managers who view the government’s top career jobs as prestigious but basically a headache. And yet, according to the new report, there are several examples...

Defense Rolls Out Phased Retirement For Civilian Employees

June 21, 2016 The Defense Department on Tuesday announced it will now allow eligible civilian employees to partially retire while remaining on the job part-time to help better manage its workforce needs. The decision by the government’s largest department to implement phased retirement – nearly four years after Congress passed a law allowing...

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