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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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VA will hire more mental health care workers

April 19, 2012 The Veterans Affairs Department is hiring more staff to address the growing mental health care needs of veterans returning from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, the department announced Thursday. VA will add 1,900 employees to its existing workforce of 20,590 mental health staff across the country, including 1,600 clinicians and...

Roth Delays in Perspective

April 19, 2012 Many federal employees will have to wait a little longer to begin investing in the Thrift Savings Plan’s new Roth 401(k) option. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service, which administers payroll services to several agencies, including the White House, will not be ready to offer employees the added retirement investment...

More watchdogs could be on the way for GSA

April 18, 2012 The General Services Administration should appoint special overseers in each region to prevent the misuse of government funds and ensure scandals like the one related to its Western Regions conference don’t happen again, a Senate committee chairman said Wednesday. GSA’s newly minted acting administrator should assign 11 “special oversight officers”...

GSA boosts mileage reimbursement rate

April 16, 2012 The General Services Administration is increasing the 2012 mileage reimbursement rate for federal employees who use their private vehicles for work, according to the agency. The rate for cars will be 55.5 cents per mile, an increase of 4.5 cents over the current rate. The government reimbursement rate for other...

Do you like your job? Uncle Sam seeks feedback

April 12, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management this month began distributing the government’s annual survey of the federal workforce. Through June 30, federal employees can voice their opinions, concerns and overall satisfaction with their jobs as part of the 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. OPM is administering this year’s survey to 1.8...

IG: Customs shelling out millions in workers’ comp

April 11, 2012 The Customs and Border Protection agency racked up more than $62 million in workers’ compensation payments in 2010, due partly to inadequate oversight, according to the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general. CBP’s poor management of compensation case files, incomplete reviews of bills and Labor Department reports, and missing documentation from...

Government wants more ethics rules for Afghanistan reconstruction employees

April 10, 2012 Federal employees who work for the office overseeing reconstruction in Afghanistan will be subject to additional government ethics rules, according to a recent notice in the Federal Register. The “unique status and mission” of the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction makes it necessary for its employees...

Retirement claims backlog is down since January

April 9, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management processed more retirement claims in March than in the previous two months, making a dent in its backlog despite an increase in claims, according to agency figures. OPM’s retirement claims backlog was 52,274 in March, a decrease of 14 percent from January. The agency received...

EEOC urged to tackle conflicts of interest in federal complaint process

April 5, 2012 Agency attorneys interfering in the federal discrimination complaint process is still a major problem, government civil rights leaders said Thursday, urging the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to clarify its guidance on the issue this year. The Office of General Counsel in some agencies continues to intrude in the EEO complaint...

‘Telework’ isn’t working, some say

April 3, 2012 The days of "telework" in the federal government could be numbered, at least under that name. The practice of working outside the office isn’t going anywhere, but dropping the use of the word “telework” could help make the benefit more widespread in agencies, according to participants in a Tuesday discussion...

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