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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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Proposed Rule Seeks to Save Money on Government Travel

January 8, 2016 Government travelers would be limited in how much they could recoup in fees related to automatic teller machine transactions under a new proposed rule from the General Services Administration. ATM fees incurred on official government travel would be treated as incidental expenses rather than more general miscellaneous expenses under a...

TRICARE Drug Co-Pays Will Rise on Feb. 1

January 7, 2016 Some TRICARE beneficiaries will pay a bit more for their prescription drugs starting on Feb. 1. Co-payments for brand-name drugs and certain generic medications will increase between $2 and $4 next month, as a result of changes required by the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. Co-pays for brand-name prescription...

After Government Screw-Up, Contractor Will Resume Control of Army Child Care Program

January 6, 2016 A contractor will resume control in February of a program that helps Army families pay for private child care, because the government mismanaged it for a year and failed to reimburse military parents on time. Child Care Aware of America, which ran the Army Fee Assistance program between 2004 and...

Obama Wants to Hire Hundreds More FBI, ATF Staff

January 5, 2016 The Obama administration wants to hire hundreds more federal law enforcement personnel to expedite mandatory background checks on gun buyers, as part of several new executive actions aiming at reducing gun violence. The FBI will hire more than 230 extra analysts and other staff for the National Instant Criminal Background...

TSP Has a Bleak December

January 4, 2016 All but one of the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan ended 2015 in the red, according to the latest numbers from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The steady G Fund, invested in government securities, increased 0.18 percent in December, while all the other TSP offerings decreased last month....

Feds Won’t Press Criminal Charges Against Former VA Senior Executives

December 30, 2015 The Justice Department will not pursue criminal charges against two former Veterans Affairs senior executives accused of using their positions of authority for personal gain. The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia declined a referral for criminal prosecution from the VA watchdog related to Diana Rubens, former director of...

2016 Pay Raises, Self-Plus-One, Military Retirement Changes and More

December 23, 2015 Want to know exactly how much you will be earning in 2016? The federal pay tables are out. It’s all here, from the Senior Executive Service to the General Schedule to the pay information for law enforcement and Foreign Service officers. (President Obama on Dec. 18 released the official executive...

VA Decides No Discipline Necessary For ‘Hit List’ Managers

December 23, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department does not plan to discipline any of the managers accused of egregious behavior by union officials in a controversial July report, according to a VA spokesperson. The department “found no outstanding allegation of wrongdoing warranting discipline against any of the identified managers,” the spokesperson said in...

2016 Federal Pay Tables Are Out

December 22, 2015 This story has been updated. Senior executives will earn between $1,219 and $1,800 more in 2016 than they did in 2015, according to the new SES pay table, effective in January. For members of the SES under a certified SES performance appraisal system, the maximum annual salary will increase to...

Feds Interested In Self-Plus-One Have Another Shot in February

December 22, 2015 Federal employees interested in switching to the new self-plus-one option in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will have another opportunity to do so early next year. The Office of Personnel Management will hold a “limited enrollment period” from Feb. 1 through Feb. 29 for those employees who missed Open...