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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 10 Public Housing Authority Officials Paid the Most from Federal Coffers

May 20, 2014 The Housing and Urban Development Department reported on May 16 that 100 percent of public housing authorities complied with a congressionally-mandated executive salary cap in 2013. PHAs -- which are state and locally-run entities that receive a significant amount of federal funding -- were prohibited in fiscal years 2012 and ...

Some Public Housing Authorities Exploit Pay Cap Through Bonuses

May 20, 2014 Public housing authorities complied with an executive salary cap in 2013, according to new data, but some top officials still earned more than $155,500 last year in total compensation because of a loophole in the law. Sixteen top executives at the country’s nearly 4,000 PHAs earned more in federally-funded total ...

House to Vote on 1.8 Percent Military Pay Hike This Week

May 19, 2014 The House this week will vote on legislation that tacitly approves a 1.8 percent pay raise for service members next year. The chamber takes up the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act beginning Tuesday, with a final vote expected on Thursday before the start of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. ...

House Will Vote This Week on 1.8 Percent Military Pay Raise

May 19, 2014 The House this week will vote on legislation that tacitly approves a 1.8 percent pay raise for service members next year. The chamber takes up the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act beginning Tuesday, with a final vote expected on Thursday before the start of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. ...

House to Vote on Firing VA Senior Execs

May 16, 2014 The House will vote on legislation soon that seemingly would make it easier for the secretary of Veterans Affairs to fire or demote senior executives. The chamber will go back into session the week of May 19, when it is scheduled to consider the bill. The vote comes just after ...

EEOC Wants Ideas on How to Improve Federal Hiring of Disabled People

May 15, 2014 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is seeking public feedback on how to help the government do a better job of hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities. EEOC regulations offer a “detailed explanation” of the standards determining whether an agency has violated the law that governs federal employment of individuals with ...

Bill Would Exempt Federal Public Safety Officers From Retirement Tax Penalty

May 14, 2014 Bipartisan legislation introduced this week in the House would allow federal law enforcement officers and firefighters to access money in their Thrift Savings Plan accounts without penalty when they are eligible to retire. The bill, H.R. 4634, would reform the tax code so that federal law enforcement officers and firefighters, ...

OPM Wants to Untie Agencies' HR Knots

May 12, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management is pursuing various strategies that focus on the individual needs of agencies, as well as human resources challenges common across government, to improve federal hiring and employee retention, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said on Monday. “We are drilling down in agencies to find the knots ...

Poll: Americans Have More Faith in Themselves Than in Uncle Sam

May 9, 2014 Americans have more confidence in the abilities of individuals and local organizations to effect positive political and social change in this country than they do in the federal government, according to a new poll. Just 19 percent of respondents said the federal government should take the lead to spur positive ...

Around Government

May 9, 2014 Spidey’s Speedy Delivery The U.S. Postal Service spins a partnership with Spider-Man to pitch Priority Mail. By Eric Katz It’s the old Hollywood trope: While teetering on the edge of disaster, a superhero swoops in at the last possible moment to save the day. In this case, however, the thing ...