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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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Twice as Many Vets Now Are Eligible for Non-VA Care

April 27, 2015 More veterans will be able to access health care outside of the Veterans Affairs medical system now because of a policy change the department has made under pressure from veterans, lawmakers and veteran advocates. VA has tweaked one of the Choice program’s eligibility requirements -- the criterion related to a ...

Survey on Pay, Job Satisfaction Will Hit Employee Inboxes Soon

April 24, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management will start emailing the 2015 federal workforce survey to employees across government before the end of April, soliciting feedback on compensation, morale, agency leadership and job satisfaction. Federal workers have until early June to complete the Employee Viewpoint Survey. Some results will be available in ...

New Bill Would Give VA Secretary 'Sweeping' Authority to Fire Bad Employees

April 23, 2015 The head of the Veterans Affairs Department would have much more flexibility to fire corrupt or poor-performing employees under a new bill introduced in the House on Thursday. The legislation would give the VA secretary “sweeping new authority” to get rid of department employees engaged in misconduct, or who are ...

Twenty-Four Senior Executives Win 2014 Presidential Distinguished Rank Awards

April 23, 2015 The number of senior executives receiving the nation’s highest award for civil service continues to shrink, according to the latest list of winners. Twenty-four top civil servants will be honored at a black-tie banquet on Thursday for receiving the 2014 Presidential Distinguished Rank Award. The White House awarded 2014 Distinguished ...

Did VA Officials Encourage Employees to Pay To Talk to Dead People?

April 22, 2015 Data manipulation and mismanagement of the mail at the Veterans Affairs Department’s regional office in Philadelphia apparently isn’t bad enough. Managers at the facility also are allegedly encouraging employees to pay to talk to dead people. Lucy Filipov, assistant director of VA’s Philadelphia Regional Office, allegedly threw a party at ...

VA Senior Exec Hedges on Congressional Questions Over $300K Relocation Package

April 22, 2015 A Veterans Affairs Department senior executive who received more than $300,000 in relocation expenses from the federal government told a House panel on Wednesday that she “didn’t know” whether she would have moved without the incentive. An already charged hearing over problems with data manipulation, mail mismanagement and egregious processing ...

Veterans Sue the VA Over Access to Medical Records

April 22, 2015 Seven veterans from across the country have sued the Veterans Affairs Department claiming the agency has unlawfully ignored requests for documentation necessary to obtain disability benefits. The vets—who are from Florida, Kentucky, Colorado, Virginia and Wyoming—want to apply for additional programs that could result in more disability compensation, but are ...

Vets Sue VA Over Access to Medical Records

April 21, 2015 Seven veterans from across the country have sued the Veterans Affairs Department claiming the agency has unlawfully ignored requests for documentation necessary to obtain disability benefits. The vets -- who are from Florida, Kentucky, Colorado, Virginia and Wyoming – want to apply for additional programs that could result in more ...

New Program Will Give Feds a Break on the Cost of Higher Ed

April 20, 2015 This story has been updated. Federal employees can pursue college degrees online starting this summer at up to 70 percent off regular tuition rates through a new partnership between the Office of Personnel Management and Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. The benefit, offered through Champlain College’s online continuing professional studies ...

Broadcasting Board Offers Buyouts

April 17, 2015 The Broadcasting Board of Governors announced on Friday that it is offering buyouts to eligible employees through May 29, the last such round the agency will offer in fiscal 2015. The agency will allow employees to apply for a buyout or early retirement package from April 20 through May 29. ...