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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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Senators Push Back On Plan to Privatize Some Military Commissaries

June 8, 2015 The Senate this week will consider a measure that would prevent the Pentagon from privatizing military commissaries at five installations next year. The amendment to the fiscal 2016 Defense authorization act would require the Defense Department to study the costs and benefits of contracting out commissary operations and report the...

Security Breach Did Not Affect TSP Accounts

June 5, 2015 The Thrift Savings Plan accounts of federal employees were not affected in the latest major cyberattack on the Office of Personnel Management, according to a spokeswoman for the agency that manages the retirement investments. TSP data, including account numbers, is not shared with OPM, “so they wouldn’t have that information...

Look For Public Housing Executives’ 2014 Salary Data Soon

June 4, 2015 The Housing and Urban Development Department will begin collecting in late summer the fiscal 2014 salary data of the top officials running the country’s 4,000 public housing authorities. HUD hasn’t set a deadline for public housing authorities to submit their executive compensation data yet, because the department first has to...

Federal Building Security Officers in New England Lose Faith in Their Regional Leadership

June 3, 2015 A group of employees working in the New England region of the agency responsible for security in federal buildings has expressed no confidence in the leadership of senior officials there, citing micromanagement, low morale and a hostile work environment. Twenty-one law enforcement officers with the Federal Protective Service, an agency...

Debate Over Making It Easier to Fire Feds Dominates VA Hearing

June 2, 2015 A House panel on Tuesday discussed at length legislation that would make it easier to fire employees at the Veterans Affairs Department. H.R. 1994, sponsored by House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., would give the VA secretary much more flexibility to fire corrupt or poor-performing employees. The 2015...

VA Suspends Two Managers Over Supernatural Shindig

June 2, 2015 This story has been updated. The Veterans Affairs Department has suspended two senior leaders in its Philadelphia regional office, but not for misconduct related to serving veterans. On Monday, effective immediately, VA “temporarily relieved” Lucy Filipov, assistant director of the Philadelphia regional office, and Gary Hodge, head of the Pension...

TSP Sees Modest Growth in May

June 1, 2015 Two of the Thrift Savings Plan’s funds, including international stocks, were in the red in May. The I Fund fell 0.42 percent last month, after performing the best of the TSP funds in April. So far this year the fund has grown 9.59 percent. Fixed income bonds (F) fund also...

Thousands of Troops Will Receive Compensation for Student Loan Overcharge

May 29, 2015 Thousands of service members will start receiving checks of up to $100,000 in June to compensate them for improper overcharges on their student loans, the Justice Department announced. The federal government sued student loan manager Navient Solutions for allegedly violating the Service Members Civil Relief Act over the past decade...

VA Officials in Hot Water Over Psychic Party and Tax Evasion

May 28, 2015 This story has been updated. The takeaway from the latest lapse in judgment involving senior leaders at the Veterans Affairs Department is this: Think twice before you throw a party with psychics, and pay your taxes. The VA’s watchdog concluded that Lucy Filipov, assistant director of the department’s Philadelphia regional...

Uncle Sam to Feds: No, You Still Can’t Smoke Pot

May 27, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management has reminded federal employees that using weed is still verboten, despite fewer restrictions on marijuana use in several states and cities across the country. “Federal law on marijuana remains unchanged,” said OPM Director Katherine Archuleta in a May 26 memorandum to agency heads. “Marijuana is...