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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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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...

EEOC Settles 10-Year Overtime Dispute With Employees For $1.5 Million

September 22, 2016 This story has been updated with a comment from the EEOC. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has settled a 10-year dispute for more than $1.5 million with employees over unpaid overtime, according to the union representing the workers. The agency agreed to pay $1.53 million and other relief to employees...

Clinton Says Creating Affordable Housing Should Be A ‘National Commitment’

September 21, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said the country needs a “national commitment” to creating more affordable housing in America, in an op-ed published in The New York Times. The Sept. 21 piece focused on Clinton’s “plan for helping America’s poor,” broadly outlining her approach toward eradicating poverty through...

Congressional Hearing on Long-Term Care Premium Spike Likely After November Election

September 20, 2016 A congressional hearing is tentatively scheduled for after the presidential election on the huge premium spike hitting federal employees and retirees with federal long-term care insurance coverage on Nov. 1. A House Democratic aide said Republican leaders on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee indicated they would have a hearing...

TSP Preps For Influx of Service Members in 2018

September 19, 2016 The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board should have a good idea by Nov. 1 of how well its information technology and business systems can handle an influx of service members into the government’s 401(k)-style retirement benefit, which is a key component of the law mandating military retirement reform. “This is...

OPM Wants to Boost Death Benefits For Feds By $90K

September 16, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management wants to significantly increase death benefits for federal civilian employees killed on the job from $10,000 to $100,000. OPM on Friday sent a legislative proposal to the House and Senate requesting Congress to increase the current death gratuity rate $90,000 for civilian workers killed in...

Outlook Is Decent For a 2017 COLA

September 16, 2016 There is still a decent chance federal retirees will see a 2017 cost-of-living adjustment, based on the latest data released on Friday. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the Consumer Price Index for August on Sept. 16, which includes data critical to the COLA calculation. The annual COLA for all...

Congress Tries to Avoid a Government Shutdown As Oct. 1 Nears

September 15, 2016 Lawmakers are working behind the scenes to cobble together a continuing resolution in the next two weeks to keep the government open past Oct. 1. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has scheduled for Monday evening a vote to proceed on a short-term continuing resolution that funds the government through...

House Votes to Make It Easier to Fire VA Employees

September 15, 2016 The House on Wednesday passed major legislation that would reform the disciplinary process for personnel at the Veterans Affairs Department by making it easier to fire and demote employees. H.R. 5620, which passed on a 310-116 vote, reduces the amount of time allotted to notify and discipline VA employees the...

VA Managers Will Soon Be Able to Track Employee Complaint Data

September 14, 2016 The Veterans Affairs Department in November will roll out a program that gives managers quantitative data about personnel disputes and complaints within the VA so they can track settlements and help instill greater accountability throughout the workforce. The initiative, developed by VA’s Office of Human Resources and Administration, will use...

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