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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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The Matter of Public Housing and Income Levels Is, Well, Complicated

August 21, 2015 The Housing and Urban Development Department plans to issue additional guidance this fall encouraging local housing authorities to reduce the number of over-income residents living in public housing, according to a HUD spokesman. “We've been working on measures to address this issue for some time already,” said spokesman Cameron French...

Obama Has Until Aug. 31 to Offer Alternate Pay Raise Plan

August 21, 2015 Another federal pay raise deadline is looming. The president has until Aug. 31 to formally announce his 2016 pay raise proposal for federal employees. He is expected to propose a 1.3 percent across-the-board pay hike for civilian federal employees – the recommendation he outlined in his fiscal 2016 budget and...

VA Contractor Convicted of Bribing Former Department Official

August 20, 2015 A federal jury has convicted a government contractor for bribing the former director of the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center for confidential information about the department’s construction projects. Mark S. Farmer, 55, of Arlington, Va., was convicted of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, theft of government property, and violating the...

Things Don’t Look Good for a 2016 COLA

August 19, 2015 It’s becoming increasingly unlikely that federal retirees will receive a cost-of-living adjustment boost next year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday released the first of three very important numbers that will determine whether retirees get a COLA in 2016. Things aren’t looking good: Based on the current data, there...

Jeb Bush: Working for Uncle Sam Should Not Be ‘Lifetime Employment’

August 18, 2015 Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush wants to make it easier to fire federal employees across government, not just at the Veterans Affairs Department. “We need to have a reform that is far broader than what Congress has passed [the 2014 Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act], and I frankly think...

Government Travel Per Diems Will Rise On Oct. 1

August 17, 2015 This story has been updated. Government travel per diem rates will increase in fiscal 2016, according to the General Services Administration. The standard lodging per diem rate for fiscal 2016 will rise $6 from $83 to $89, starting on Oct. 1, 2015. The meals and incidental expense ranges also are...

Will Making It Easier to Fire Feds Go Viral?

August 14, 2015 The head of the Merit Systems Protection Board on Thursday warned federal employees that legislative efforts making it easier to fire workers at the Veterans Affairs Department soon could expand to include other agencies. “Today, it’s the VA. Tomorrow, it could be your agency,” said MSPB Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann...

One Public Housing Family In New York City Had An Annual Income of Nearly $500,000 in 2013

August 13, 2015 Thousands of current public housing residents earn more than the income limit for their government-subsidized rentals—squeezing out needier families, according to a new inspector general audit. The income of as many as 25,226 families living in public housing exceeded 2014 eligibility limits established by the Housing and Urban Development Department,...

Homeland Security Passes Starbucks Audit

August 12, 2015 As the government's third-largest agency, the Homeland Security Department is vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse. But American taxpayers will be happy to know that a $31,000 Starbucks tab department employees racked up in 2013 was mostly legitimate, according to a new watchdog report. The DHS inspector general concluded that...

NTEU Elects 25-Year Veteran of the Union as President

August 11, 2015 Tony Reardon on Tuesday was elected the new national president of the National Treasury Employees Union, replacing long-time leader Colleen Kelley. Reardon, who most recently served as the union’s national executive vice president, received 89 percent of the votes cast. “I am honored and humbled by the confidence placed in...