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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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Agencies Are Paying More to Avoid Costly Discrimination Adjudication

September 24, 2014 Federal agencies doled out more money to settle discrimination complaints in fiscal 2012 than in the previous year, according to an analysis of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports. Agencies paid out $29 million in settlement-related monetary awards in fiscal 2012, up 18.8 percent from $24.4 million in fiscal 2011. That ...

Cost of Living Adjustment Will Be Announced on Oct. 22

September 23, 2014 Federal retirees will know their 2015 cost-of-living adjustment soon, and it’s expected to be somewhere between 1.6 percent and 1.8 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that it will publish September’s Consumer Price Index figure on Oct. 22. That number is the final data point needed to calculate the ...

Federal Retirees Will Learn Their 2015 COLA Soon

September 23, 2014 Federal retirees will know their 2015 cost-of-living adjustment soon, and it’s expected to be somewhere between 1.6 percent and 1.8 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that it will publish September’s Consumer Price Index figure on Oct. 22. That number is the final data point needed to calculate the ...

Federal Employees Honored For Saving and Improving Lives

September 22, 2014 A doctor who led a global vaccine campaign to save children dying of bacterial meningitis and pneumonia has been named federal employee of the year by a nonprofit group. Rana Hajjeh, director of bacterial diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be honored at a black-tie event ...

All Women Enrolled in TRICARE Would Have Access to Free Birth Control Under Bill

September 19, 2014 All women enrolled in the military’s health care program would have access to birth control, counseling and family planning services for free, under legislation pending in the House and Senate. The Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act aligns TRICARE coverage with the 2010 Affordable Care Act, ensuring ...

Military Families Are Most Worried About Pay and Benefits

September 18, 2014 Military families have a lot to worry about, and their biggest fears are over pay and benefits. Concerns over changes to military pay and other compensation, as well as changes to the retirement system, were the top two issues cited by spouses, service members and veterans in a new survey ...

VA Will Increase Pay for New Doctors, Dentists

September 17, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department wants to increase the annual salaries of new physicians and dentists by up to $35,000 as part of a nationwide recruitment effort to hire more doctors and improve veterans’ access to care. The change, which the department announced Wednesday, would update existing pay tables for several ...

Two Pay and Benefits Bills for Disabled Vets to Watch

September 17, 2014 Congress has been working on some important legislation recently that will benefit the country’s service-disabled veterans. The 2014 Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act (S. 2258) now heads to President Obama for his signature, after the House passed the bill on Tuesday. The legislation increases the COLA for vets’ disability benefits ...

VA Will Increase Pay for New Docs, Dentists

September 17, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department wants to increase the annual salaries of new physicians and dentists by up to $35,000 as part of a nationwide recruitment effort to hire more doctors and improve veterans’ access to care. The change, which the department announced Wednesday, would update existing pay tables for several ...

House Approves Bill To Make It Easier to Fire Senior Executives

September 16, 2014 The House on Tuesday passed legislation that would make it easier to discipline and fire senior executives across the federal government. The Senior Executive Service Accountability Act (H.R. 5169) would make the federal government’s top career officials eligible for one- to 14-day suspensions without pay, and expand the criteria that ...