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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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The 2016 COLA for Retirees is Zero Right Now

July 13, 2015 This Friday, federal retirees will receive the latest data point in the calculation of the much-anticipated 2016 cost-of-living adjustment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics on July 17 will release the Consumer Price Index for June. While the numbers for July, August and September are the most important figures in the...

Where's Phased Retirement?

July 9, 2015 Phased retirement officially turns three this month, but federal agencies have barely acknowledged its existence. And that neglect is making federal employees and their advocates angry. Congress passed a law in 2012, allowing eligible employees to partially retire while remaining on the job part-time to mentor other workers, and to...

Fraud and Gravestone Stealing at the VA

July 9, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department employs more than 300,000 people, so there are bound to be more than a few bad apples in the bunch. This week, one former employee was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for fraud, while another worker will plead guilty to stealing gravestones from a...

Obama Tells Troops They Won’t Miss a Paycheck

July 8, 2015 President Obama said this week that service members won’t miss a paycheck, despite the ongoing fiscal 2016 budget drama playing out between Capitol Hill and the administration. But how much those troops will receive beginning in January is another question. “Our men and women are going to get paid,” Obama...

Around Government

July 8, 2015 Defying Ranger Danger NPS’ Matt Hudson says he was just doing his job during a courageous nighttime rescue. After Matt Hudson received the call that his services were needed to rescue a man stuck on a rock amid Class IV rapids, he and his team—Brett Painter and Thomas Hall—had an...

Watchdog: VA Didn’t Dawdle In Treating Vets With Legionnaires' Disease

July 7, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department did not drag its feet in treating vets who contracted Legionnaires’ disease during a 2012 outbreak in Pittsburgh, according to a new watchdog report. VA staff administered antibiotics to patients who tested positive for the Legionella bacteria either before the test was ordered, or on the...

Retirement Backlog Drops, But It’s Still Higher Than Expected

July 6, 2015 The retirement claims backlog continues to fall, but not as fast as officials had predicted, according to the latest numbers. By the end of June, OPM had whittled the backlog to 14,511 unprocessed federal retirement claims, down from 15,374 claims in May. While the drop shows progress, the number of...

Obama Allows Some Feds to Tap Retirement Money Early Without Penalty

July 2, 2015 This story has been updated. Beginning in 2016, federal law enforcement officers will be able to access money in their Thrift Savings Plan accounts without penalty when they are eligible to retire. President Obama on Monday signed the Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act into law, which reforms the tax...

June Was Not a Good Month for the TSP

July 1, 2015 Every fund in the Thrift Savings Plan, except the one invested in government securities, fell in June, according to the latest data from the board overseeing the TSP. The international (I) fund had the worst month, dropping 2.8 percent in June. The fund, however, has gained 6.52 percent since the...

Where Are the Government’s Happiest Senior Executives?

June 30, 2015 Apparently, your boss is way happier than you are at work, according to a new analysis of senior executives and the rank-the-file from the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte Consulting LLP. That less-than-shocking news about job satisfaction is based on a review of data from the 2014 Federal Employee...