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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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VA Officials in Hot Water Over Psychic Party and Tax Evasion

May 28, 2015 This story has been updated. The takeaway from the latest lapse in judgment involving senior leaders at the Veterans Affairs Department is this: Think twice before you throw a party with psychics, and pay your taxes. The VA’s watchdog concluded that Lucy Filipov, assistant director of the department’s Philadelphia regional...

Uncle Sam to Feds: No, You Still Can’t Smoke Pot

May 27, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management has reminded federal employees that using weed is still verboten, despite fewer restrictions on marijuana use in several states and cities across the country. “Federal law on marijuana remains unchanged,” said OPM Director Katherine Archuleta in a May 26 memorandum to agency heads. “Marijuana is...

Senate Passes Bill That Would Allow More Vets Access to Private Health Care

May 26, 2015 This story has been updated. More veterans would have access to private health care under a bill the Senate passed on Friday. The bipartisan legislation would allow vets access to health care outside of the Veterans Affairs Department when the nearest VA facility within 40 miles driving distance does not...

Nearly One-Quarter of 2015 Presidential Management Finalists Are Vets

May 21, 2015 The latest crop of Presidential Management Fellow finalists includes 131 candidates who identified themselves as service veterans, slightly more than last year, according to statistics from the Office of Personnel Management. The 2015 class of PMF finalists totals 600, with 508 traditional finalists and 92 candidates focused on science, technology,...

Who Wants a $10,000 Bonus?

May 20, 2015 Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle lately have been targeting federal employees' bonuses. But a new bipartisan bill actually wants to give feds more money as a reward for cutting costs. The 2015 Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act, sponsored by Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Mark Warner, D-Va., would allow...

House Backs Bill Ensuring Reprimands Remain on VA Employees’ Records

May 19, 2015 The House on Monday passed a bill that would require the Veterans Affairs Department to keep a copy of any admonishment or reprimand in employees’ personnel files as long as they work for the department. The Ensuring VA Employee Accountability Act, which lawmakers approved unanimously, would make those notices citing...

Why Isn't the White House Touting Its Top Senior Executives?

May 18, 2015 The number of senior executives receiving the nation’s highest award for civil service has continued to shrink over the past few years -- and so does the publicity from the White House touting the winners. There’s a perception among some senior executives and the association representing them that the Obama...

House Passes Military-Retirement Overhaul

May 17, 2015 The House on Friday passed a major bill that would allow non-career military service members to boost their retirement nest eggs. The fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act would automatically enroll new troops into the Thrift Savings Plan at 3 percent of their pay with a 1 percent government match,...

House Passes Major Bill Overhauling Military Retirement

May 15, 2015 The House on Friday passed a major bill that would allow non-career military service members to boost their retirement nest eggs. The fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act would automatically enroll new troops into the Thrift Savings Plan at 3 percent of their pay with a 1 percent government match,...

VA Secretary: Employees Need to Be 'Exalted,' Not Undervalued

May 14, 2015 Serving veterans is the No. 1 priority for the Veterans Affairs Department, but empowering employees is equally important, said the VA secretary on Thursday. “When a crisis occurs, what organizations do is, they stop training, they stop investing in employees,” said Bob McDonald during Government Executive Media Group’s Excellence in...