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

July 28, 2016 Federal employees will find out officially in a few weeks what their 2017 pay raise amounts to. The president has until Aug. 31 to formally announce his 2017 pay raise proposal for federal employees. He is expected to propose a 1.6 percent across-the-board pay hike for civilian federal employees –...

Military and Vets Groups Seek To Defend VA Firing Law in Court

July 27, 2016 Twelve military and veterans organizations want the opportunity to defend in court a law designed to make it easier to fire senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department. The groups, which include the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, have filed a brief with...

Congressional Committee Seeks Cop Killers' VA Medical Records

July 26, 2016 The head of a House committee wants the medical and benefits records of veterans Marine Gavin Eugene Long and Micah Xavier Johnson, who shot and killed police officers in Louisiana and Texas earlier this month. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., has asked the Veterans Affairs Department to...

Clinton Promises VA Reform Will Be a Top Priority If She’s Elected

July 25, 2016 Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Monday said that revamping the Veterans Affairs Department will be “one of my highest priorities” if she is elected in November. Clinton said she was “outraged” by scandals at the VA, during remarks at the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars...

Virginia Lawmakers Demand Answers on Long-Term Care Insurance Price Spike

July 25, 2016 This story has been updated. Some Virginia lawmakers want to know why premiums in the Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program could skyrocket by as much as 126 percent beginning Nov. 1. Democratic Reps. Don Beyer and Gerry Connolly – whose districts include many federal employees and retirees – are demanding...

Clinton's Vice Presidential Pick Has a Record of Supporting Federal Employees

July 22, 2016 Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick, has legislative and executive experience representing an important swing state with a large population of federal employees, service members, and veterans. Since Kaine was elected to the Senate in 2012, he has supported proposals to protect the...

TRICARE Bill Would Decrease Government Revenue By $97 Million Over Next Decade

July 21, 2016 Legislation that would allow military retirees to opt out of TRICARE and contribute to a tax-advantaged employer-sponsored health savings account would decrease government revenues by $97 million over the next decade, according to a new estimate. The change in revenue would stem partly from the impact on Social Security payroll...

Defense Secretary Warns of ‘Widespread Negative Consequences’ If Senior Executive Corps is Cut

July 20, 2016 Reducing the number of senior executives at the Pentagon would have “widespread negative consequences” on the department’s mission-critical programs and services, the Defense secretary told the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee in a new letter. In a 23-page letter to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Defense Secretary Ash Carter...

Most Americans Are Worried About Affordable Housing But Neither Party Is Really Talking About It

July 19, 2016 Seventy-one percent of Americans think that affordable housing should be a main focus of the political parties’ platforms during the 2016 presidential campaign, and 74 percent said they are more likely to support the candidate who elevates the issue, according to a new poll. Nearly 60 percent of those surveyed...

Long-Term Care Insurance Premiums Will Increase An Average of 83 Percent on Nov. 1

July 18, 2016 Some federal employees and retirees with long-term care insurance could see a triple-digit increase in their new premium rates, which take effect on Nov. 1. The rate increase, which will affect most enrollees, will vary widely between 0 percent and 126 percent, depending on an enrollee’s option under the Federal...

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