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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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Federal Employee Advocates Want Special IT Task Force to Handle OPM Hack

June 26, 2015 More than two dozen advocates for federal employees and retirees want President Obama to create a special information technology task force to help investigate the massive security breaches at the Office of Personnel Management and help prevent future attacks. “As you did with Healthcare.gov, we call upon you to immediately...

It May Soon Be Easier to Fire Any VA Employee, Not Just Top Execs

June 25, 2015 A House panel on Thursday approved legislation that would make it easier to fire employees at the Veterans Affairs Department. The 2015 VA Accountability Act, H.R. 1994, sponsored by House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., would give the VA secretary much more flexibility to fire corrupt or poor-performing...

OPM Breach May Have Exposed Feds’ Sex Lives, Info About Security Clearance References

June 25, 2015 The total number of people affected by the cybersecurity attacks on Office of Personnel Management databases and the entire universe of information exposed to hackers remains unknown – one of the few concrete takeaways from a congressional hearing on Thursday, this week’s third public discussion on the massive security breach....

Lawmakers Approve Bonus Ban For Bad Feds

June 24, 2015 A Senate panel on Wednesday approved bipartisan legislation that would prohibit federal employees who break the law or aren’t in good standing with their agencies from receiving bonuses. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee reported out the 2015 Stop Wasteful Bonuses Act, which would bar agency heads from awarding...

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...