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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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Feds Would Get Six Weeks of Paid Parental Leave Under Bill

September 15, 2015 This story has been updated. Federal employees would receive six weeks of paid parental leave to care for a new child under a bill introduced in the Senate Tuesday afternoon. Sens. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., introduced legislation that would give federal workers six weeks of paid administrative...

Legislation Would Give VA Health Care Workers MSPB Appeal Rights If They’re Fired

September 14, 2015 This story has been updated. Legislation that would make it easier to demote or fire employees at the Veterans Affairs Department also would give thousands of workers new appeal rights to challenge those personnel decisions. Some VA health care professionals, including physicians and registered nurses, would be able to appeal...

Go Ahead, Ask Your Co-Worker About His Pay

September 11, 2015 The Obama administration on Friday issued the final rule prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against employees who openly discuss compensation on the job. The regulations, which take effect on Jan. 11, 2016, aim to further shrink the pay gap between men and women and eliminate wage discrimination in general by...

Army Families Who Floated Uncle Sam on Child Care Costs Will Be Reimbursed Soon

September 10, 2015 Army families who struggled to cover the full cost of private child care because the government failed to pay its share on time will be reimbursed in 30 days, a General Services Administration official told a congressional committee on Thursday. In some cases, service members and their families were shelling...

Happy 50th Birthday, HUD!

September 9, 2015 The agency that was created as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty turned 50 on Wednesday. The Housing and Urban Development Department certainly has had its ups and downs since it was established on Sept. 9, 1965, with the aim of providing safe and affordable housing in...

TRICARE Fee Hikes, Government Shutdown Fears, Contractor Sick Leave, and More

September 9, 2015 Beginning Oct. 1, some TRICARE beneficiaries will see their enrollment fees increase slightly as part of the annual adjustment. TRICARE Prime beneficiaries with single coverage will pay $4.68 more for their annual enrollment fee in fiscal 2016 – an increase from the current fee of $277.92 to $282.60. Those with...

Retirement Backlog Still High

September 8, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management didn’t make much progress reducing the retirement claims backlog in August, according to the agency’s latest numbers. The backlog stands at 16,350 applications, down just 105 claims from July. OPM processed 7,446 retirement claims in August – 154 claims short of its goal for the...

The Matter of Public Housing and Income Levels Is, Well, Complicated

August 21, 2015 The Housing and Urban Development Department plans to issue additional guidance this fall encouraging local housing authorities to reduce the number of over-income residents living in public housing, according to a HUD spokesman. “We've been working on measures to address this issue for some time already,” said spokesman Cameron French...

Obama Has Until Aug. 31 to Offer Alternate Pay Raise Plan

August 21, 2015 Another federal pay raise deadline is looming. The president has until Aug. 31 to formally announce his 2016 pay raise proposal for federal employees. He is expected to propose a 1.3 percent across-the-board pay hike for civilian federal employees – the recommendation he outlined in his fiscal 2016 budget and...

VA Contractor Convicted of Bribing Former Department Official

August 20, 2015 A federal jury has convicted a government contractor for bribing the former director of the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center for confidential information about the department’s construction projects. Mark S. Farmer, 55, of Arlington, Va., was convicted of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, theft of government property, and violating the...