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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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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”...

Border Patrol Agents Will Get Overtime Pay Under New System Beginning in January

September 25, 2015 Border Patrol agents will receive overtime payment under the new system beginning with the first pay period in January 2016. The Office of Personnel Management on Friday published the final rule on the new overtime system for Border Patrol agents. The new compensation system, mandated by the 2014 Border Patrol...

Former EPA Official Charged Uncle Sam $69K for Weekend Trips Home

September 24, 2015 Update: The EPA on Oct. 1 sent a revised statement on the IG report concerning Mr. Nastri’s travel data to say that the “agency has not drawn any independent conclusions as to whether there were any improperly reimbursed amounts at this time.” Previously, EPA told Government Executive that “EPA concurs...

A Primer on Federal Pay and Benefits In Case the Government Shuts Down Again

September 23, 2015 The government will close on Oct. 1 for the second time in two years if Congress doesn’t pass a short-term funding measure by next Wednesday. So as that deadline looms, we thought a refresher on how shutdowns affect federal employees’ pay and benefits would be useful. The fights over federal...

Furloughed Feds Should Get Immediate Back Pay, Lawmakers Say

September 22, 2015 Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are trying to ensure that federal employees who are furloughed during a government shutdown receive back pay as soon as possible. Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., and Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., sent a letter to their House colleagues on Tuesday urging them to support...

HUD Becomes First Major Department to Offer Phased Retirement for Employees

September 21, 2015 The Housing and Urban Development Department will offer eligible employees the opportunity to partially retire while remaining on the job part-time. HUD is the first major executive agency to announce a roll-out of phased retirement, which federal employees across government have awaited eagerly since Congress passed a law in 2012...

Congress Should Not Get Paid During a Government Shutdown, Says Lawmaker

September 21, 2015 A House lawmaker wants to make sure Congress doesn’t get paid during a government shutdown. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., on Friday introduced legislation that would prevent future Congresses from receiving their salaries during a government shutdown. The 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits a sitting Congress from increasing or...