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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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The Next Looming Deadline Federal Employees Should Know About

March 4, 2015 Lawmakers managed to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department with a few days to spare. But another deadline looms that federal employees should know about. If Congress does not raise the debt ceiling before March 16, the Treasury Department will suspend investments into federal employees’ retirement benefits ...

House Passes Bill Allowing VA Secretary To Claw Back Bonuses

March 3, 2015 The House on Monday passed legislation that would give the secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department 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 by the secretary. ...

House Passes Bill Allowing VA Secretary to Claw Back Bonuses

March 3, 2015 The House on Monday passed legislation that would give the secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department 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 by the secretary. ...

Lawmakers Seek to Reverse Cuts to Some Travel Allowances

March 2, 2015 This story has been updated. House lawmakers on Monday will introduce legislation to rescind a five-month-old Pentagon policy that reduced per diems for service members and Defense civilian employees on long-term government travel. The bipartisan bill would prohibit the Defense Department from reducing the travel allowances for troops and civilian ...

The S Fund Led TSP's February Gains

March 2, 2015 The Thrift Savings Plan rebounded in February, with all but one fund posting positive returns, according to the latest data from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The S Fund, invested in small and midsize companies, had the best month of the 10 funds, increasing 6.05 percent. The international (I) ...

VA Watchdog Finds Data Manipulation of Disability Claims at Arkansas Facility

February 27, 2015 Employees at the Veterans Affairs Department’s regional office in Little Rock, Ark., changed the dates of disability claims in dozens of cases, making it appear that the department was making more progress than it was on eliminating the long-standing backlog, according to a new inspector general report. Staff at the ...

Vet Group Wants to Turn Veterans Health Administration Into Amtrak

February 26, 2015 The federal agency that provides health care to vets should be turned into a non-profit government corporation that competes with the private sector for patients, according to a veterans’ advocacy group. The conservative-leaning Concerned Veterans of America recommends splitting the Veterans Health Administration into two entities, one that focuses on ...

Watchdog Dings Coast Guard for Lax Travel Spending Oversight

February 25, 2015 The Coast Guard’s lax oversight of a medical travel program for service members and their families could have wasted taxpayer money, a watchdog concluded. The agency, which is housed in the Homeland Security Department, spent nearly $4.5 million between 2010 and 2014 on medical travel for Coast Guard members and ...

VA Secretary Says He Never Misrepresented Military Service In Bio

February 24, 2015 The head of the Veterans Affairs Department on Tuesday said he has never misrepresented his military service in his biographical information. A contrite Bob McDonald apologized during a press conference for incorrectly stating that he had served in the Special Forces during a conversation with a homeless veteran in Los ...

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 ...