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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VHA Still Needs More Doctors and Nurses

September 29, 2016 The Veterans Health Administration continues to struggle mightily to recruit and retain doctors, nurses and psychologists one year after Congress passed legislation designed to better serve veterans, in part by hiring more health care professionals, according to a new inspector general report. VA’s “largest staffing shortages” were in five occupations:...

Congress Votes to Keep Government Open

September 28, 2016 This story has been updated. House lawmakers late Wednesday passed a short-term continuing resolution by a vote of 342-85 that funds the government through Dec. 9. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, offered an amendment to the bill which would automatically extend the CR through Jan. 18 if lawmakers fail to agree...

Congress Reaches Tentative Deal to Avoid Government Shutdown

September 28, 2016 Lawmakers tentatively reached a last-minute deal Tuesday night to avert a government shutdown on Saturday, according to news reports. House leadership has agreed on a plan to include funding to deal with the water crisis in Flint, Mich., in the 2016 Water Resources Development Act, the Washington Post and The...

2017 FEHBP Premiums to Be Unveiled Wednesday

September 27, 2016 Federal employees and retirees will know Wednesday how much more they will have to pay in 2017 toward their health care. The Office of Personnel Management will unveil next year’s premium rates in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program during a late-morning briefing Wednesday with reporters. In 2016, FEHBP employees...

Federal Agencies Once Again Prepare For A Possible Government Shutdown

September 26, 2016 The Office of Management and Budget is working with federal agencies to plan for a possible government shutdown if Congress fails to pass a stop-gap spending bill by Friday. OMB “strongly believes that a lapse in appropriations should not occur,” an agency spokesperson said on Monday, and that there is...

Congress to Vote Early Next Week on Shutdown-Avoiding Measure

September 22, 2016 A Senate vote to keep the government open past the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30 won’t happen until at least Monday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on the floor Thursday offered what he called a “clean” continuing resolution that funds the government through Dec. 9. He...

EEOC Settles 10-Year Overtime Dispute With Employees For $1.5 Million

September 22, 2016 This story has been updated with a comment from the EEOC. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has settled a 10-year dispute for more than $1.5 million with employees over unpaid overtime, according to the union representing the workers. The agency agreed to pay $1.53 million and other relief to employees...

Clinton Says Creating Affordable Housing Should Be A ‘National Commitment’

September 21, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said the country needs a “national commitment” to creating more affordable housing in America, in an op-ed published in The New York Times. The Sept. 21 piece focused on Clinton’s “plan for helping America’s poor,” broadly outlining her approach toward eradicating poverty through...

Congressional Hearing on Long-Term Care Premium Spike Likely After November Election

September 20, 2016 A congressional hearing is tentatively scheduled for after the presidential election on the huge premium spike hitting federal employees and retirees with federal long-term care insurance coverage on Nov. 1. A House Democratic aide said Republican leaders on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee indicated they would have a hearing...

TSP Preps For Influx of Service Members in 2018

September 19, 2016 The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board should have a good idea by Nov. 1 of how well its information technology and business systems can handle an influx of service members into the government’s 401(k)-style retirement benefit, which is a key component of the law mandating military retirement reform. “This is...

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