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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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House to Vote Before Recess on Bill Making It Easier to Fire VA Employees

3:16 PM ET The House on Wednesday will consider a last-minute budget measure to ensure Veterans Affairs’ hospitals don’t close in August, as well as a separate bill that would make it easier to fire department employees. House lawmakers have crafted a measure that would allow VA to use $3.3 billion from the...

TSP’s Future: Flexible Withdrawals and Mutual Fund Options

July 27, 2015 Members of the board that oversees the Thrift Savings Plan gave agency staff the green light on Monday to move ahead with plans to eventually provide participants with more flexibility to withdraw money from their accounts, and offer federal employees the option to invest in mutual funds. Greg Long, executive...

VA Employee Faces Criminal Charges in Connection With Cooking the Books

July 24, 2015 A long-time employee of the Veterans Affairs Department has been charged with falsifying veterans’ medical records in connection with the scandal involving delays in scheduling appointments for vets seeking care. Cathedral Henderson, 50, has been charged with 50 counts of making false statements for allegedly cooking the books to hide...

Lawmakers Scramble to Fast-Track Deal to Prevent VA Hospital Closures

July 23, 2015 A deal to give the Veterans Affairs Department budget flexibility to avoid shutting hospitals this summer is imminent, according to a top Senate Republican. Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said on Wednesday that the House is working to get a package over to the Senate so the upper...

Bill Making It Easier to Fire VA Employees Heads to Senate Floor

July 22, 2015 A Senate panel on Wednesday advanced legislation that would make it easier to fire employees at the Veterans Affairs Department. During an afternoon markup, the chamber’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved S. 1082, which would give the VA secretary much more flexibility to fire corrupt or poor-performing employees, not just top...

Lawmakers: Congress Will Not Let VA Furlough Employees Or Close Hospitals

July 21, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department will not be forced to furlough employees or shut down hospitals because of a lack of funds, two House Republicans said on Tuesday. “Congress will not allow the VA’s failures to close care facilities or furlough the personnel our veterans rely on every day,” said House...

Obama Announces New Loan Protections for Troops

July 21, 2015 The White House on Tuesday announced a new rule to better protect service members and their families from high-cost loans and predatory lending. The changes, which will begin taking effect on Oct. 1, close loopholes in the 2006 Military Lending Act by expanding the definition of “consumer credit” to include...

Government Shutdown Could Have Helped Former HUD Employee Commit Fraud

July 20, 2015 A new report from the Housing and Urban Development Department’s watchdog indicates that the 2013 government shutdown helped a former employee who misused his government charge card fly under the radar for a while because no one was around to notice red flags. The former GS-12 support services specialist, who...

The 2016 COLA for Retirees is Zero Right Now

July 13, 2015 This Friday, federal retirees will receive the latest data point in the calculation of the much-anticipated 2016 cost-of-living adjustment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics on July 17 will release the Consumer Price Index for June. While the numbers for July, August and September are the most important figures in the...

Where's Phased Retirement?

July 9, 2015 Phased retirement officially turns three this month, but federal agencies have barely acknowledged its existence. And that neglect is making federal employees and their advocates angry. Congress passed a law in 2012, allowing eligible employees to partially retire while remaining on the job part-time to mentor other workers, and to...