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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 11 Federal Low-Income Programs Paul Ryan Wants to Consolidate

July 24, 2014 Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Thursday proposed consolidating 11 federal programs aimed at helping low-income Americans as part of his plan to combat poverty and increase upward mobility in this country. The possible 2016 presidential contender said combining such programs into an “Opportunity Grant” and providing states with more flexibility ...

Paul Ryan Wants to Give States the Lead Role in Anti-Poverty Fight

July 24, 2014 Click here for a detailed list of the 11 federal low-income programs Rep. Ryan wants to consolidate. Calling the federal government the “rearguard” in the fight against poverty, a leading Republican on Thursday unveiled a plan to consolidate up to 11 federal programs for low-income Americans, giving states more flexibility ...

TRICARE Increases Mental Health Care Providers

July 23, 2014 TRICARE beneficiaries soon will have another option for mental health providers, the Defense Department announced. As of Aug. 18, enrollees in the military’s health care system can choose between independent TRICARE-certified mental health counselors (TCMHC) or supervised mental health counselors (SMHC) under a final rule the department published in the ...

House Bill Requires TSA to Train Screeners on Handling Airport Shootings

July 23, 2014 The House on Tuesday passed a bill that would require all Transportation Security Administration airport screeners to receive training on what to do in the event of an airport shooting. The 2014 Gerardo Hernandez Airport Security Act also directs the Homeland Security Department to work with U.S. airports on strategic ...

The Government Can Keep Subsidizing Hill Staff's Obamacare--For Now

July 22, 2014 A federal judge on Monday dismissed a Republican senator’s lawsuit against the Obama administration, which challenged its decision to continue subsidizing the health care of lawmakers and congressional staff under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Judge William Griesbach of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, threw out the ...

HUD Hiring Blitz Attracts Vets, Minorities

July 18, 2014 Thousands of veterans and minorities are applying for jobs at the Housing and Urban Development Department as part of a major hiring push by the agency in fiscal 2014, according to officials. HUD is on track to hire 1,000 people by the end of this fiscal year, through a combination ...

House Passes Bipartisan Bill Extending Whistleblower Protection

July 17, 2014 Federal whistleblowers will be able to appeal their cases for the next three years in any U.S. Court of Appeals with jurisdiction under bipartisan legislation the House passed earlier this week. The All Circuit Review Extension Act (H.R. 4197) extends for three extra years a provision in the 2012 Whistleblower ...

OPM Announces More Flexibility for Dental and Vision Coverage

July 16, 2014 Federal employees who get married on the job, or return to work after a period of leave without pay, soon will be able to enroll for dental and vision coverage outside of Open Season. The Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday announced the final rule making it easier for feds ...

TSP Officials Want You to Know the Consequences of Tapping Your Account for a Loan

July 16, 2014 The board that manages the Thrift Savings Plan wants federal employees who tap their TSP accounts for loans to know the score. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board put together a three-minute public service announcement on YouTube to educate enrollees on the risks of borrowing against their retirement funds. Here’s ...

House Approves Changing TSP Default Settings to More Lucrative Funds

July 15, 2014 The House on Monday evening passed legislation that would automatically enroll new federal employees in a more diverse, age-appropriate retirement fund rather than the less lucrative government securities offering. The bipartisan Smart Savings Act, sponsored by House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., would change the default enrollment ...