AUTHOR ARCHIVES

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.
Results 21-30 of 1768

OPM Seeks Fiscal 2015 Presidential Rank Award Nominations

December 31, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management is now seeking nominations for the fiscal 2015 Presidential Rank Awards, the prestigious program created in 1978 to honor the federal government’s top career officials. Agencies must submit their nominations by March 2, 2015, said the Dec. 30 memorandum from OPM Director Katherine Archuleta. Winners, ...

Judge Upholds Firing of VA Exec – But Not Because of Wait Time Scandal

December 29, 2014 A federal administrative judge has upheld the Veterans Affairs Department’s decision to fire the career senior executive who ran its Phoenix health care system when the scandal over falsifying wait lists erupted last spring. But the judge based his decision to support Sharon Helman’s termination largely because she improperly accepted ...

Most Troops Will See More Money Next Year

December 23, 2014 The Defense Department on Monday announced 2015 pay and compensation rates for service members. Along with the 1 percent pay increase for most troops – Congress froze pay for general and flag officers next year – service members also will receive boosts in their basic housing allowance and basic subsistence ...

Most Troops Will See More Money Next Year

December 23, 2014 The Defense Department on Monday announced 2015 pay and compensation rates for service members. Along with the 1 percent pay increase for most troops – Congress froze pay for general and flag officers next year – service members also will receive boosts in their basic housing allowance and basic subsistence ...

Obama Signs TSP Bill Into Law

December 19, 2014 It’s official: New federal employees automatically will be enrolled in a more diverse, age-appropriate retirement fund rather than the safer government securities offering. President Obama signed the bipartisan Smart Savings Act into law on Thursday, along with a raft of other bills. The law changes the default enrollment fund in ...

FEMA Spent Billions on Disaster Assistance Overhead During the Last Decade

December 18, 2014 The Federal Emergency Management Agency spent nearly $13 billion during the last decade on administrative costs related to major disaster assistance, on average more than double what it spent in the 1990s. The amount FEMA devoted to overhead expenses -- including compensation and travel costs for disaster relief workers, rent ...

OPM Changes Snow Day Leave Policy

December 17, 2014 Federal employees scheduled to be on vacation or sick leave when Washington-area federal offices close because of bad weather now will be charged for that leave, under a new policy from the Office of Personnel Management. The change is necessary to reflect the 21st century mobile workplace, according to OPM. ...

Congress Approves Changing TSP Default Settings to More Lucrative Funds

December 11, 2014 The Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would automatically enroll new federal employees in a more diverse, age-appropriate retirement fund rather than the safer government securities offering. It now heads to President Obama for his signature. The bipartisan Smart Savings Act would change the default enrollment fund in the ...

Feds, Troops Still On Track for a 1 Percent Pay Raise in 2015

December 10, 2014 Federal civilian employees and military service members would receive a 1 percent pay raise next year under the long-term spending package congressional appropriators unveiled late on Tuesday. The $1.01 trillion omnibus package, which funds most of the government through September 30, 2015, allows for a 1 percent pay boost for ...

Retirement Claims Backlog Progress Plateaus

December 8, 2014 After making progress earlier this year on eliminating the retirement claims backlog, the Office of Personnel Management is now back to where it was at this time last year, according to the latest statistics. The backlog of retirement claims filed by federal employees was at 14,039 by the end of ...