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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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We’ll Find Out Oct. 15 If There’s a 2016 COLA

October 9, 2015 Federal and military retirees will find out next week whether they can expect a cost-of-living adjustment next year. It doesn’t look good. The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Oct. 15 will publish the third number that determines whether retirees get a COLA in 2016. Things are bleak: Based on the...

Senior Executives Association President Will Retire in November

October 7, 2015 Carol Bonosaro, the long-time president of the Senior Executives Association, is retiring effective Nov. 4. “It is with very mixed feelings that I leave the association,” said Bonosaro, who has served as SEA president for 29 years. “I have been extremely fortunate to do work about which I am passionate...

Feds Are Happier At Work, But They’re Still Wary of Leadership

October 6, 2015 Federal employees reported slightly more faith overall in their agency’s leadership in 2015 compared to 2014, but trust in top officials is still shaky and the trend is worrisome, according to the latest data from the annual employee viewpoint survey. “The leadership component of the employee engagement index has historically...

Navy Employees Lose Furlough Case on Appeal

October 5, 2015 Navy civilian employees who appealed their 2013 furloughs as a result of sequestration have lost their case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a February 2015 Merit Systems Protection Board ruling that affirmed the Navy’s decision to furlough employees for six days in July and August...

Congress Keeps Cuts to Pentagon Travel Per Diems

October 2, 2015 Lawmakers have decided to let stand for now cuts to per diems for service members and Defense civilian employees on long-term government travel. The final version of the fiscal 2016 Defense authorization bill – which the House passed on Thursday – does not repeal a November 2014 Pentagon policy that...

No Change to Housing Allowance for Dual Military Couples, New Travel Per Diems, and More

September 30, 2015 Married couples who both serve in the military would continue to receive two basic housing allowances in fiscal 2016 under the final bill approved by House and Senate conferees. Lawmakers hammering out differences between the House and Senate fiscal 2016 Defense authorization bills ultimately rejected a provision in the Senate...

Troops Would Get Paid On Time During Shutdown Under Bill

September 29, 2015 A Republican lawmaker and veteran wants to make sure troops and the civilians who support them get paid on time in the event of a government shutdown. “The possibility of another government shutdown is on the horizon this week, so I have introduced the Pay Our Military Act,” said Rep....

Troops Would Get Paid On Time During Shutdown Under Bill

September 29, 2015 A Republican lawmaker and veteran wants to make sure troops and the civilians who support them get paid on time in the event of a government shutdown. “The possibility of another government shutdown is on the horizon this week, so I have introduced the Pay Our Military Act,” said Rep....

Congress Gives Disabled Vets Hired as Feds Advance Sick Leave

September 28, 2015 The House on Monday passed a bipartisan bill would give disabled veterans hired as federal employees access to their full year’s sick leave immediately upon starting their jobs. The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act, which passed on voice vote, would give 104 hours of sick leave up front to first-year...

Feds Are Apparently Happier and More Engaged With Work Than Last Year

September 28, 2015 Federal employees are slightly more satisfied and engaged in their jobs now than they were last year, according to early results from the 2015 governmentwide survey gauging the workforce’s attitudes on morale, management, and compensation. Sixty-four percent of respondents to the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey said they were “engaged”...