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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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Veteran Suicides Highlight Tragic Consequences of Bureaucracy

November 19, 2014 “Mom, I can’t go back there,” Clay Hunt told his mother back in March 2011. The place was just too stressful, said the Marine Corps combat veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress. Hunt wasn’t talking about Iraq or Afghanistan. He was talking about the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, Texas. ...

Chaffetz Will Replace Issa as House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman

November 18, 2014 Rep. Jason Chaffetz is the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform panel, besting several more senior Republicans for the top slot. The media-savvy Utah Republican replaces Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who for the last six years has presided over one of the chamber’s most partisan committees. The contest ...

TSP Board Green Lights More Homework on Mutual Fund Option

November 17, 2014 Members of the board that oversees the Thrift Savings Plan gave agency staff the green light on Monday to put together a plan next year for eventually allowing participants to invest some of their money in mutual funds of their choosing. “It’s a conceptual approval,” said Kim Weaver, director of ...

USAJobs Is Getting Another Makeover

November 17, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management once again is revamping USAJobs, the website most people use to apply for jobs in the federal government. The agency wants to streamline and clarify its job descriptions and make sure job postings don’t ask applicants redundant questions, said OPM Director Katherine Archuleta on Friday ...

VA Fires Senior Exec in Pittsburgh Over Legionnaires’ Outbreak

November 14, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department on Thursday fired a senior executive in charge of the department’s health care system in Pittsburgh, making her the fourth top career official to leave the VA since August. Terry Gerigk Wolf, who served as director of the VA’s Pittsburgh Healthcare System for seven years, was ...

New Bill Targets the Pensions of Misbehaving VA Employees

November 13, 2014 Senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department engaged in misconduct leading to their removal could lose some of their pension benefits under legislation a House lawmaker plans to introduce soon. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., said on Thursday that his upcoming bill would give the VA secretary ...

Misbehaving VA Execs Could Lose Some of Their Pension Benefits

November 13, 2014 Senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department engaged in misconduct leading to their removal could lose some of their pension benefits under legislation a House lawmaker plans to introduce soon. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., said on Thursday that his upcoming bill would give the VA secretary ...

TSP Moves Closer to Offering Mutual Fund Option

November 12, 2014 The agency that manages the Thrift Savings Plan moved a step forward Wednesday toward eventually allowing participants to invest some of their money in mutual funds of their choosing. Greg Long, executive director of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, will recommend that the board “conceptually support” creating a mutual ...

The Unemployment Rate for Post-9/11 Vets Still Tops the US Overall

November 12, 2014 The unemployment rate among post-9/11 veterans remains higher than that of other vets and the country overall, despite large-scale efforts by the government and private sector to hire more former service members. The jobless rate among Gulf War-Era II vets, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies them, was at ...

Unemployment Among Post-9/11 Vets Is Still High

November 11, 2014 The unemployment rate among post-9/11 veterans remains higher than that of other vets and the country overall, despite large-scale efforts by the government and private sector to hire more former service members. The jobless rate among Gulf War-Era II vets, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies them, was at ...