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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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Senators Push Bill to Limit Number of VA Senior Execs Receiving Bonuses

January 30, 2015 Republican senators have introduced companion legislation to a House bill that would limit the number of senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department who are eligible for bonuses and reform the performance review process. The 2015 Increasing VA Accountability to Veterans Act would allow no more than 30 percent of ...

Panel Recommends Scrapping Current Military Pension System

January 29, 2015 The generous pension system in place for military retirees with at least 20 years of service would be dismantled, in addition to several other compensation changes proposed by a nine-member panel that has studied the issue for the last year and a half. The highly-anticipated recommendations from the congressionally-mandated Military ...

Lawmakers Seek Tighter Restrictions on VA Executives' Bonus Pay

January 28, 2015 The number of senior executives at the Veteran Affairs Department eligible for bonuses would be capped, and all the VA’s top career leaders would have to switch jobs within the department at least once every five years under new legislation introduced in the House. In his latest bill aimed at ...

Panel Expected to Call For Major Changes to Military Retirement and Health Benefits

January 28, 2015 A two-year independent panel is recommending major changes to the pay and benefits of service members and military retirees, according to news reports. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is calling for a new retirement system for service members that combines smaller pensions with greater participation in the Thrift ...

Latest VA Bill Limits Number of Senior Execs Eligible for Bonuses

January 27, 2015 The number of senior executives at the Veteran Affairs Department eligible for bonuses would be capped, and all the VA’s top career leaders would have to switch jobs within the department at least once every five years under new legislation introduced in the House. In his latest bill aimed at ...

Senators Reintroduce Sick Leave Bill for Disabled Vets

January 27, 2015 Senators have reintroduced a bipartisan bill that would give disabled veterans hired as federal employees access to their full year’s sick leave immediately upon starting their jobs. The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act would give 104 hours of sick leave up front to first-year feds who are vets with a ...

VA Announces Major Department Realignment

January 27, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department is reorganizing its labyrinthine structure into a single, five-region national framework as part of a large-scale effort to improve services to veterans and reduce an entrenched bureaucracy responsible for mismanagement throughout the organization. The realignment would integrate the different geographical and organizational boundaries that exist across ...

VA Announces Major Department Realignment

January 26, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department is reorganizing its labyrinthine structure into a single, five-region national framework as part of a large-scale effort to improve services to veterans and reduce an entrenched bureaucracy responsible for mismanagement throughout the organization. The realignment would integrate the different geographical and organizational boundaries that exist across ...

Senators Reintroduce Sick Leave Bill for Disabled Vets

January 26, 2015 Senators have reintroduced a bipartisan bill that would give disabled veterans hired as federal employees access to their full year’s sick leave immediately upon starting their jobs. The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act would give 104 hours of sick leave up front to first-year feds who are vets with a ...

Hiring and Firing: Why Agencies Need To Do Better

January 21, 2015 The federal government is the largest employer in the world, with roughly 2 million civilian employees all over the globe. While nobody expects a seamless personnel operation on such a scale, the processes for hiring and firing employees are riddled with complex regulations and confusion over how to apply rules ...