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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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Retirement Claims Backlog Could Be Eliminated by Year’s End

June 11, 2014 The Office of Personnel Management continued to chip away at the retirement claims backlog last month, decreasing it by 12 percent between April and May, and processing more applications than expected. The backlog at the end of May was 14,551 claims -- the lowest it has been since December 2013, ...

Agencies Will Start Hearing What Their Employees Really Think This Summer

June 10, 2014 Agencies will receive the latest feedback on employee morale and job satisfaction beginning in August, Obama administration officials said on Tuesday. The federal workforce now is filling out the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, a tool that assesses how employees feel about compensation, management and their jobs. Managers are “very ...

HUD May Have Broken Law When It Paid Salary of Senior Advisor

June 9, 2014 The Housing and Urban Development Department may have broken the law when it paid more than $620,000 in compensation to a senior advisor on detail from a non-profit organization. HUD “incorrectly” used funds from the Office of Public and Indian Housing and the Office of Housing to pay $622,369 in ...

Federal Government Continues to Shed Jobs

June 6, 2014 The federal government overall lost about 5,000 jobs in May, according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Federal jobs, excluding the U.S. Postal Service, decreased by 2,800 last month while the Postal Service lost 1,600 jobs in May, after gaining 800 jobs in April. The federal ...

Improper Hiring at Treasury Bureau Possibly Affected Veterans

June 5, 2014 This story has been updated. A White House nomination is on hold, and lawmakers are raising questions over possible violations of veterans’ preference because of a flap over improper hiring practices at the Treasury Department. Two congressional Republicans are requesting more information from Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network over an ...

Federal Employees Have Lost All Furlough Appeals So Far

June 4, 2014 All the adjudicated appeals from federal employees who were furloughed because of sequestration and are seeking back pay so far have been denied, according to a new report. The Merit Systems Protection Board, tasked with processing 32,400 initial furlough appeals filed in fiscal 2013, has processed about 2,000 of those ...

Thrift Savings Plan Funds Move Back to Black in May

June 2, 2014 The Thrift Savings Plan looked healthier in May than in April, with all the funds in the black last month, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The S Fund, invested in small and midsize companies and tracking the Dow Jones Wilshire 4500 Index, emerged ...

Who is Sloan Gibson, the New Acting Head of VA?

May 30, 2014 The man temporarily replacing embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has decades of experience in the non-profit and private sectors, but has only served at the sprawling federal department for just over three months. VA Deputy Secretary Sloan D. Gibson will take over as acting head of the department, President ...

Firing Federal Employees Isn’t Easy, But It Can Be Done

May 29, 2014 Members of Congress are working overtime these days churning out, or clambering onto, legislation that would make it easier for the Veterans Affairs Department to fire senior executives. The House on May 21 passed such a bill, and there’s more to come on that subject from both sides of the ...

Defense Spending Bill Calls for 1.8 Percent Pay Raise for Troops

May 29, 2014 A House panel begins work Friday on the massive fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill, which includes a 1.8 percent pay boost for service members next year. The legislation, which the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee will mark up, includes a total of $128.1 billion for military pay and personnel. “This funding level ...