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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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Unions to Uncle Sam: Extend Credit Monitoring, Cover Losses Related to Data Breach

June 23, 2015 Federal employee advocates are calling on the Obama administration to make credit monitoring permanent for all federal employees and recompense them for losses related to the massive cybersecurity breach at the Office of Personnel Management. The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers this week said it “remains very concerned...

IG: VA Staff Didn't Cause Vet's Death in Wisconsin

June 18, 2015 Staff at the Veterans Affairs facility in Tomah, Wis., were not responsible for the death of a 74-year-old vet who suffered a stroke in January, according to a new inspector general report. “We did not substantiate the general allegations of poor care and delayed care,” the IG report stated. “We...

Pay Raise Advances (Sort Of), Employee Relocation Costs Questioned and More

June 17, 2015 A House panel approved a major spending bill on Wednesday that is the traditional vehicle for the annual federal civilian employee pay raise. The full Appropriations Committee marked up and reported out the fiscal 2016 Financial Services and General Government bill, which is silent on a pay raise for federal...

Border Patrol Agents Can Now Check Out New Overtime Details

June 16, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management will publish a proposed rule Wednesday on the new overtime system for Border Patrol agents. The new compensation system, mandated by the 2014 Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act, takes effect on Jan. 1, 2016, eliminating the current practice of administratively uncontrollable overtime, which is...

Bill Would Protect Federal Retirees From Fraud

June 15, 2015 A bipartisan Senate bill aims to better protect federal retirees from nefarious financial representatives seeking to steal their benefits. The 2015 Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act, which Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to introduced Monday afternoon, would give U.S. attorneys the statutory authority to prosecute retiree representatives...

Employee Views on Pay and Morale Are In

June 15, 2015 Federal employees have finished submitting their annual feedback on compensation, morale and job satisfaction, and early results will be available in late August. Most government workers had until June 12 to complete the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. The agency will announce the full results of the survey in the...

Pentagon Backs Major Changes to Retirement System

June 12, 2015 The Pentagon is supporting major changes to the military retirement system that would result in a less generous pension for career service members, but potentially greater overall retirement benefits. The Defense Department’s proposal advocates a blended retirement system composed of a defined benefit and greater participation in the Thrift Savings...

No More Charging Strippers to Uncle Sam's Plastic

June 12, 2015 This story has been updated. Federal employees who want to gamble or frequent strip clubs for an evening of fun will have to use their own credit cards to pay for it. An amendment included in the House-passed fiscal 2016 Defense spending bill prohibits Defense civilian workers and military personnel...

House Approves 2.3 Percent Pay Raise in 2016 For Troops

June 11, 2015 The House on Thursday passed a major spending bill that includes a 2.3 percent pay raise for troops in 2016. The House fiscal 2016 Defense Appropriations legislation embraces the automatic cost-of-living adjustment of 2.3 percent for military personnel next year, setting the stage for a debate over the pay raise...

Pentagon Backs Major Changes to Retirement System

June 11, 2015 The Pentagon is supporting major changes to the military retirement system that would result in a less generous pension for career service members, but potentially greater overall retirement benefits. The Defense Department’s proposal advocates a blended retirement system composed of a defined benefit and greater participation in the Thrift Savings...