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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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Federal Employees Have Lost All Furlough Appeals So Far

June 4, 2014 All the adjudicated appeals from federal employees who were furloughed because of sequestration and are seeking back pay so far have been denied, according to a new report. The Merit Systems Protection Board, tasked with processing 32,400 initial furlough appeals filed in fiscal 2013, has processed about 2,000 of those ...

Thrift Savings Plan Funds Move Back to Black in May

June 2, 2014 The Thrift Savings Plan looked healthier in May than in April, with all the funds in the black last month, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The S Fund, invested in small and midsize companies and tracking the Dow Jones Wilshire 4500 Index, emerged ...

Who is Sloan Gibson, the New Acting Head of VA?

May 30, 2014 The man temporarily replacing embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has decades of experience in the non-profit and private sectors, but has only served at the sprawling federal department for just over three months. VA Deputy Secretary Sloan D. Gibson will take over as acting head of the department, President ...

Firing Federal Employees Isn’t Easy, But It Can Be Done

May 29, 2014 Members of Congress are working overtime these days churning out, or clambering onto, legislation that would make it easier for the Veterans Affairs Department to fire senior executives. The House on May 21 passed such a bill, and there’s more to come on that subject from both sides of the ...

Defense Spending Bill Calls for 1.8 Percent Pay Raise for Troops

May 29, 2014 A House panel begins work Friday on the massive fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill, which includes a 1.8 percent pay boost for service members next year. The legislation, which the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee will mark up, includes a total of $128.1 billion for military pay and personnel. “This funding level ...

A Special Sick Leave Bank for Disabled Vets?

May 28, 2014 Veterans and the management of the Veterans Affairs Department have been front and center these last few weeks because of the controversy over reports of secret waiting lists for medical appointments, and the recent deaths of vets who were waiting for care. The spotlight on the quality of veterans’ care ...

Top Senior Execs to Be Honored Next Week, But Not With Bonuses

May 27, 2014 Top senior executives will be honored next week at the State Department for their contributions to public service, less than a month after the White House reinstated the annual Presidential Rank Awards. The Senior Executives Association will host a two-hour evening reception on June 5 in Washington for the 2013 ...

Personnel Costs Divide Senate, House Defense Bills

May 23, 2014 A Senate panel approved legislation on Thursday that provides a smaller pay raise for military service members than the one the House agreed to. The Senate Armed Services Committee reported out its fiscal 2015 Defense authorization bill, which includes a 1 percent pay boost for troops next year – the ...

Senate Panel Calls for 1 Percent Troop Pay Raise, Setting Up Conflict With the House

May 23, 2014 A Senate panel approved legislation on Thursday that provides a smaller pay raise for military service members than the one the House agreed to. The Senate Armed Services Committee reported out its fiscal 2015 Defense authorization bill, which includes a 1 percent pay boost for troops next year – the ...

House Passes Troop Pay Raise, Rejects TRICARE Reform and BRAC

May 22, 2014 The House passed legislation Thursday that tacitly approves a 1.8 percent pay raise for military service members next year, and includes a number of other pay, benefits and workforce provisions. The chamber approved the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 325-98 before the start of the ...