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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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After Nearly Four Years, Phased Retirement Hasn't Quite Taken Off

January 15, 2016 It appears that when it comes to phased retirement, “phased” is truly the operative word. Congress passed a law in 2012 allowing eligible federal employees to partially retire while remaining on the job part-time to help federal agencies better manage their workforce needs. As of mid-January, a whopping 31 people...

Demoted VA Senior Executives Appeal Their Punishment

January 14, 2016 The two former senior executives at the center of the relocation benefits controversy at Veterans Affairs are appealing the department’s decision to demote them. The Merit Systems Protection Board has received appeals from both Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves, and will render a decision in the next few weeks on...

OPM: Not Every Senior Executive Is Outstanding

January 14, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management is urging federal agencies to make more meaningful distinctions in performance ratings and bonuses for senior executives in 2016, according to a memo from Acting Director Beth Cobert. “More is required to meet the highest performance level (i.e., outstanding) in comparison to the standards set...

Panel Approves Bill Making It Easier to Suspend and Fire Senior Execs

January 12, 2016 A House panel approved a bill on Tuesday that would make it easier to discipline and fire senior executives across the federal government. The Senior Executive Service Accountability Act (H.R. 4358) would make the federal government’s top career officials eligible for one- to 14-day suspensions, and expand the criteria that...

VA Demotes and Reassigns Former Senior Executives – Again

January 11, 2016 The Veterans Affairs Department has demoted and reassigned for the second time two former senior executives accused of using their positions of authority for personal gain. Diana Rubens, former director of the Veterans Benefits Administration’s Philadelphia office, and Kimberly Graves, former director of VBA’s St. Paul, Minn., regional office, were...

VA Watchdog Can’t Prove Calif. Facility Sat on Thousands of Claims

January 11, 2016 The watchdog for the Veterans Affairs Department could not prove that the Oakland, Calif., regional office sat on more than 13,000 informal claims for benefits, delaying payments -- an allegation that emerged during an April 2015 congressional hearing. While the inspector general didn’t find evidence to substantiate an allegation that...

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...