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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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Obama Administration Encourages Agencies to Talk About Mental Health

June 27, 2014 The head of the Office of Personnel Management is encouraging agencies to talk to their employees about mental health. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta and Pamela Hyde, administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, sent a June 19 memo to agency leaders promoting the federal government’s “effective and ...

Senate Panel Backs Changing TSP Default Settings to More Lucrative Funds

June 25, 2014 A Senate committee on Wednesday approved legislation that would automatically enroll new federal employees in a more diverse, age-appropriate retirement fund rather than the safer government securities offering. The Smart Savings Act, co-sponsored by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, would change the default enrollment fund in the ...

Senate Panel Approves OMB Director Nomination

June 25, 2014 A Senate panel on Wednesday approved the nomination of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to be director of the Office of Management and Budget. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee reported out the nomination 9-1, a day after the Budget Committee okayed it. The nomination, which ...

1 Percent Pay Raise On Horizon for Feds Next Year

June 24, 2014 It’s looking increasingly likely that federal employees will receive a 1 percent across-the-board pay bump in 2015. The current House version of the fiscal 2015 Financial Services and General Government spending bill, which the full Appropriations Committee will consider on Wednesday, is silent on a pay raise for feds next ...

White House Urges Agencies to Expand Telework, Other Workplace Flexibilities

June 23, 2014 President Obama on Monday directed federal agencies to inform employees about the workplace flexibilities available to them, and ensure the government is doing its best to offer those benefits to its workforce. The June 23 memorandum coincided with a White House summit in Washington on working families and the 21st ...

Bill Would Change TSP Default Settings to More Lucrative Funds

June 23, 2014 A Senate committee will consider 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. The Smart Savings Act, sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., would change the default enrollment fund in the Thrift Savings ...

Most VA Senior Execs Rated Above Average on Performance Evaluations

June 20, 2014 Nearly 80 percent of senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department received above average ratings on their performance evaluations in fiscal 2013, making them eligible for bonuses, according to VA data. None of the 470 senior executives at the department received a rating of “less than fully successful” on their ...

House Approves 1.8 Percent Military Pay Raise

June 20, 2014 The House on Friday approved a 1.8 percent pay boost for military service members next year. The final vote tally was 340 to 73. The pay provision is part of the massive fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill, which includes a total of $128.1 billion for military pay and personnel. “This ...

Senators: Social Security Isn't Going About Closing Field Offices the Right Way

June 19, 2014 The Social Security Administration, which has shuttered dozens of field offices across the country to save money over the last few years, has not sufficiently examined or justified the rationale behind those decisions, according to a new report from a Senate panel. The agency doesn’t involve local communities in the ...

COLA On Track to Be Bigger in 2015

June 18, 2014 Federal and military retirees are on track to receive the largest cost-of-living adjustment that they’ve seen in a few years. The exact cost-of-living adjustment for 2015 won’t be known until October when all the numbers are in, but plugging into the formula the latest available data results in a 1.7 ...