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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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McCain Says He Will Scrap Change to Veterans’ Preference

October 6, 2016 Sen. John MCain, R-Ariz., reportedly will scrap a provision in the Senate fiscal 2017 Defense authorization bill that would have limited veterans’ preference in federal hiring to a one-time use. The senator, who is in a tough re-election fight in Arizona, sent the American Legion a letter earlier this week...

Agencies Prepare For Hurricane Matthew

October 5, 2016 Multiple federal agencies have been preparing for the possibility that a major hurricane could wreak havoc along the East Coast over the next few days. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has response teams and supplies in place in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina as Hurricane Matthew travels from...

Longer Probationary Periods For New Defense Hires

October 4, 2016 The Pentagon officially has extended the probationary period for new civilian hires from one to two years. The change, mandated by the fiscal 2016 Defense authorization law, affects employees hired by Defense to permanent jobs in the competitive service, or appointed to the Senior Executive Service, on or after Nov....

Vets Are More Civically Engaged Than The Rest of Us, Research Finds

October 3, 2016 Veterans are more likely than non-vets to volunteer, vote and actively participate in their communities, according to a new report based on government data. The 2016 Veterans Civic Health Index found that 74 percent of vets vote in local elections compared to 57 percent of non-vets, and volunteer an average...

VHA Still Needs More Doctors and Nurses

September 29, 2016 The Veterans Health Administration continues to struggle mightily to recruit and retain doctors, nurses and psychologists one year after Congress passed legislation designed to better serve veterans, in part by hiring more health care professionals, according to a new inspector general report. VA’s “largest staffing shortages” were in five occupations:...

Congress Votes to Keep Government Open

September 28, 2016 This story has been updated. House lawmakers late Wednesday passed a short-term continuing resolution by a vote of 342-85 that funds the government through Dec. 9. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, offered an amendment to the bill which would automatically extend the CR through Jan. 18 if lawmakers fail to agree...

Congress Reaches Tentative Deal to Avoid Government Shutdown

September 28, 2016 Lawmakers tentatively reached a last-minute deal Tuesday night to avert a government shutdown on Saturday, according to news reports. House leadership has agreed on a plan to include funding to deal with the water crisis in Flint, Mich., in the 2016 Water Resources Development Act, the Washington Post and The...

2017 FEHBP Premiums to Be Unveiled Wednesday

September 27, 2016 Federal employees and retirees will know Wednesday how much more they will have to pay in 2017 toward their health care. The Office of Personnel Management will unveil next year’s premium rates in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program during a late-morning briefing Wednesday with reporters. In 2016, FEHBP employees...

Federal Agencies Once Again Prepare For A Possible Government Shutdown

September 26, 2016 The Office of Management and Budget is working with federal agencies to plan for a possible government shutdown if Congress fails to pass a stop-gap spending bill by Friday. OMB “strongly believes that a lapse in appropriations should not occur,” an agency spokesperson said on Monday, and that there is...

Congress to Vote Early Next Week on Shutdown-Avoiding Measure

September 22, 2016 A Senate vote to keep the government open past the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30 won’t happen until at least Monday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on the floor Thursday offered what he called a “clean” continuing resolution that funds the government through Dec. 9. He...

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