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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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9/11 Documentary Recalls How Pentagon Employees Stayed On The Job During Disaster

September 8, 2016 Disasters teach us painful but valuable lessons about survival, leadership and community. They also reveal truths about the government agencies and employees tasked with protecting us. On Sept. 11, 2001, American Airlines 77 flew into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., at 9:37 a.m., killing 184 people – one of four...

House Panel Subpoenas VA For Artwork Spending, Documents on Delayed $1 Billion Construction Project

September 7, 2016 A House panel voted Wednesday to subpoena the Veterans Affairs Department for information on cost-overruns related to a $1 billion hospital construction project, as well as spending on artwork in VA facilities. The Veterans’ Affairs Committee is seeking all unredacted evidentiary documents related to the construction of a new VA...

VA Is On Lawmakers’ Radar as Congress Returns From Recess

September 6, 2016 This story has been updated with comments from the VA. A House panel on Wednesday will consider whether to subpoena the Veterans Affairs Department for information about its spending on artwork, as well as documents related to an investigation into a delayed, way over-budget hospital construction project. The committee wants...

Feds Can Donate Leave to Louisiana Flood Victims

September 6, 2016 Federal employees who want to help fellow workers affected by the storms and flooding in Louisiana can donate their unused annual leave. President Obama on Tuesday directed the Office of Personnel Management to establish an emergency program to facilitate the transfer of leave among federal employees and provide guidance to...

Higher Ed Bargains For Feds, In One Chart

September 2, 2016 Interested in continuing your post-secondary education in a program that caters to full-time employees? Now is a good time for federal workers and their dependents to consider several available options that are more affordable and accessible than the traditional route. The Office of Personnel Management now has partnerships with six...

TSP Has a Lazy August

September 1, 2016 Most of the funds in Thrift Savings Plan ended August in the black, but the offerings overall put on a lackluster performance. The Thrift Savings Plan’s S Fund, invested in small and mid-sized companies, had the highest growth in August, gaining 0.8 percent. It was up 9.13 percent for the...

Obama Issues Plan to Give Feds 1.6 Percent Pay Raise in 2017

August 31, 2016 This story has been updated. President Obama issued an alternative pay plan Wednesday, giving civilian federal employees a 1.6 percent raise in 2017. The total figure includes a 1 percent base increase, and a 0.6 percent locality pay bump, matching the amount the president requested in his fiscal 2017 budget...

Poll: Americans Don't Think Government Is Doing a Good Job Combating Poverty

August 31, 2016 More than one-third of Americans believe government efforts over the past few decades to fight poverty have actually made matters worse for the poor, partly because anti-poverty programs have not been well-designed, according to a new survey. In fact, among poll respondents considered poor, 40 percent of them believed that...

OPM Proposal Could Change Health Care Coverage For Some Employees

August 30, 2016 A new proposed rule would allow agencies to require some employees to keep paying their health insurance premiums when they are on leave without pay. The change under consideration would give agencies the option of requiring certain LWOP employees to pay-as-they-go to maintain their coverage under the Federal Employees Health...

Libertarians Want Answers From Vets Group Over Gary Johnson Diss

August 29, 2016 Libertarians want to know why a major veterans group didn’t invite their presidential candidate to appear at a Sept. 7 forum on national security and veterans issues alongside the Democratic and Republican nominees. “Perhaps you can provide details about why you’ve chosen to exclude from your forum only one of...