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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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CDC to Award More Money to Fight Ebola

October 30, 2014 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will award multiple grants totaling about $10 million beginning in December to help fight Ebola in West Africa. The money, appropriated by Congress in the fiscal 2015 continuing resolution passed in September, will go to “select Ministries of Health and their bona fide ...

House, Senate Wrestle Over Troop Pay Increase

October 30, 2014 Lawmakers have a lot of work to do when they return to Washington Nov. 12 after the mid-term elections, including deciding how big of a pay raise to give military service members next year. The House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2015 Defense authorization bill differ on the amount ...

Pay Raise for Troops Still Up in the Air

October 29, 2014 Lawmakers have a lot of work to do when they return to Washington Nov. 12 after the mid-term elections, including deciding how big of a pay raise to give military service members next year. The House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2015 Defense authorization bill differ on the amount ...

TSP Enrollees Can Contribute $500 More Next Year

October 28, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service has increased the cap on annual individual contributions to employer-sponsored retirement savings plans, including the Thrift Savings Plan, to $18,000 for 2015. The increase, which tracks changes in the cost-of-living index, is the first since 2013, when the cap rose to $17,500 from $17,000. The limit ...

Lawmakers Urged to Reverse Planned Cuts to Some Travel Per Diems

October 27, 2014 Federal employee unions are urging Senate appropriators to reverse planned cuts to the per diems of Defense civilians on long-term travel. The changes take effect on Nov. 1. The lower reimbursement rates, designed to save money, are “misguided and unfair,” according to an Oct. 23 letter that 13 unions sent ...

Where to Find the Government’s Happiest Employees

October 24, 2014 Federal employees overall are about as happy with their jobs and agencies as they were last year, according to the 2014 governmentwide survey assessing everything from trust in senior leadership (down) to satisfaction with pay (up). Morale isn’t exactly off the charts in many agencies. But things could be worse, ...

Vets Have Less Faith in Merit-Based Federal Promotions Than Their Peers

October 24, 2014 Veterans working in the federal government have even less faith than their non-veteran peers that job promotions in their office are based on merit, according to the results of a new governmentwide survey on employee satisfaction and engagement. Twenty-nine percent of veterans who responded to the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint ...

IG: Secret Service Showed ‘Serious Lapse in Judgment’ in Operation Moonshine

October 23, 2014 The Secret Service showed “a serious lapse in judgment” when it diverted agents and government resources to monitor an employee’s neighborhood dispute in 2011, according to the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general. Eight agents who were part of the agency’s team tasked with responding to suspicious people and situations near ...

Group Hopes to Raise More Than $200K for Grieving Military Families

October 22, 2014 Christmas comes in October now for Marie Campbell. Specifically, the date the annual Marine Corps Marathon happens to fall on. This year, it’s Sunday, Oct. 26. Campbell first ran the 26.2 mile race in 2000 to honor her husband, Air Force Sgt. Dee “Soup” Campbell, who was killed in the ...

Military Retirees Will Receive a 1.7 Percent COLA for 2015

October 22, 2014 Federal retirees will receive a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment in 2015, according to new figures released Wednesday morning. The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers went up 0.1 percent in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced. That statistic was the last piece of the puzzle ...