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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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Are There Too Many 'Outstanding' Senior Executives?

February 24, 2015 This story has been updated. Most federal agencies are not making meaningful distinctions in performance ratings and bonuses for senior executives, according to a new watchdog report. About 85 percent of career senior executives received “outstanding” or “exceeds fully successful” ratings in their performance reviews between fiscal years 2010 and ...

TSP Participants Get Busy Signal on Help Line

February 23, 2015 Federal employees have had a tough time during the past week getting through to Thrift Savings Plan customer service representatives. Snowstorm Octavia – which brought brutal cold and precipitation to the East Coast last week – happened to hit at the same time the TSP experiences its highest call volumes ...

Many Service Members' Feb. 27 Paychecks Will Be Smaller

February 20, 2015 Thousands of service members will see less money in their next paycheck because of a processing error at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. Members of the military enrolled in the Thrift Savings Plan’s Roth option will have 100 percent of their monthly deduction taken out of their Feb. 27 ...

Watchdog: Pentagon Could Learn from HHS on Curbing Medical Claims Fraud

February 19, 2015 The Pentagon could learn from the Health and Human Services Department when it comes to rooting out waste and fraud in medical claims processing, according to the government’s watchdog. A new Government Accountability Office report criticized the Defense Department’s approach to identifying improper payments within TRICARE, a process that does ...

Former Employee of Government Contractor Alleges Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

February 17, 2015 A former female executive at a large government security contractor has filed a lawsuit against the company claiming she was sexually harassed and then retaliated against by the firm’s leadership when she reported the alleged incident. Nicole Watson, former vice president of business process and integration at GardaWorld, filed a ...

Pentagon: Sexual Assaults Are Down on Military College Campuses

February 13, 2015 Sexual assault and harassment at the nation’s military academies is declining, according to a new report from the Defense Department. The military academies said there were 61 total reported cases of sexual assault during the 2013-2014 academic year, down from 70 such reports between 2012 and 2013, and 80 between ...

Lawmakers Get Lost in the Math of Reforming Military Benefits

February 12, 2015 There’s general agreement in Washington that reforming the military’s compensation system will be difficult, even now that a new independent panel has released several proposals, for the most part well-received on Capitol Hill. Explaining the nuances of the actual recommendations clearly and concisely however, is also proving challenging. During a ...

Panel Backs Bill Establishing that Yes, VA Can Claw Back Bonuses

February 12, 2015 A House panel on Thursday morning approved legislation that would give the secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department clear authority to order employees to repay bonuses. H.R. 280 would require notifying affected employees before they had to repay the money, and would give them an opportunity for a hearing conducted ...

Military Compensation Reform Reminds Lawmaker of Calculus – And That’s Not a Good Thing

February 12, 2015 There’s general agreement in Washington that reforming the military’s compensation system will be difficult, even now that a new independent panel has released several proposals, for the most part well-received on Capitol Hill. Explaining the nuances of the actual recommendations clearly and concisely however, is also proving challenging. During a ...

What Would a Proposal to Auto-Enroll Troops Mean for the TSP?

February 10, 2015 A proposal to significantly increase the number of troops enrolled in the government’s 401(k)-style retirement benefit would affect service members, but also the agency that administers the Thrift Savings Plan. The nine-member Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission in January made 15 recommendations, including creating a blended retirement plan that ...