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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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Obama Will Propose 1.6 Percent Pay Raise for Feds and Troops In 2017 Budget

February 3, 2016 President Obama will propose a 1.6 percent across-the-board pay raise for federal civilian and military personnel for 2017. An administration official on Wednesday confirmed the proposed figure, which will be included in Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget. The White House will release the fiscal 2017 budget on Tuesday. Federal civilian workers...

Fewer Over-Income Families Could End Up Staying in Public Housing Under Proposed Rule

February 3, 2016 The Housing and Urban Development Department wants feedback on reducing the number of families in public housing who earn significantly more than the income limits on their units. A proposed rule published in Wednesday’s Federal Register seeks to better define the parameters of a law that allows families living in...

Reinstated Senior Executives Will Face Some Punishment, Says VA Deputy Secretary

February 2, 2016 Two Veterans Affairs Department employees who were just reinstated to the Senior Executive Service after being demoted will face some kind of lesser punishment for their poor judgment, said Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson on Tuesday. In addition, Gibson is launching a one-week investigation of two other high-ranking officials involved in...

Second VA Official Will Be Reinstated to Senior Executive Service

February 2, 2016 An administrative judge on Monday reversed the Veterans Affairs Department’s decision to demote Diana Rubens from her position in the Senior Executive Service to a lower-paying and less high-profile job. The decision in the case involving the former director of the Veterans Benefits Administration’s Philadelphia office, comes just days after...

Congressional Panel Investigates Over-Income Families in Public Housing

February 1, 2016 The head of a House panel wants information from the Obama administration on how many over-income families live in public housing—and how many needy families are still on waiting lists for assistance. Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, wants the Housing and Urban Development Department to...

1.6 Percent Pay Raise for Service Members in 2017?

February 1, 2016 President Obama will request a 1.6 percent pay raise for service members next year, according to a Feb. 1 report in Military Times. The administration’s fiscal 2017 budget proposal, scheduled for release on Feb. 9, reportedly will include the pay bump, which is slightly higher than the 1.3 percent boost...

Female Service Members Will Get 12 Weeks of Paid Maternity Leave

January 29, 2016 Female service members now will receive 12 weeks of paid maternity leave, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced on Thursday, one of several personnel initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life for military families. The move doubles the amount of current paid maternity leave available to most service members, and...

New Retirement Proposal For American Workers Modeled After TSP

January 28, 2016 American workers could benefit more from a retirement program modeled on the Thrift Savings Plan, which is available to federal employees, rather than typical private sector 401(k) options, according to a new proposal from a Washington organization. The Center for American Progress Action Fund, a sister group to the Center...

Judge Reverses Former VA Senior Executive’s Demotion

January 28, 2016 This story has been updated. The Merit Systems Protection Board has overturned the Veterans Affairs Department’s decision to demote Kimberly Graves, a former senior executive accused of using her position for personal gain. The reversal means that Graves, the former director of the Veterans Benefits Administration’s St. Paul, Minn., regional...

Former VA Senior Executives Will Learn Their Fate By Feb. 1

January 27, 2016 The Merit Systems Protection Board by Monday will issue a decision on whether to uphold or overturn the demotion of two former senior executives at the center of the relocation benefits controversy at the Veterans Affairs Department. Diana Rubens, former director of the Veterans Benefits Administration’s Philadelphia office, and Kimberly...