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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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House Passes Bill Exempting Some Feds From Retirement Tax Penalty

May 12, 2015 The House on Tuesday passed bipartisan legislation 407-5 that would allow federal law enforcement officers and firefighters to access money in their Thrift Savings Plan accounts without penalty when they are eligible to retire. H.R. 2146 would reform the tax code so that federal law enforcement officers and firefighters, who...

MSPB Reminds Us It’s Not Impossible to Fire Federal Employees

May 11, 2015 A new report explaining due process for federal employees illustrates the tightrope agencies must walk to balance fairness and efficiency when it comes to firing workers. There are good reasons for the current job protections afforded to federal workers, stemming back to the 19th century “spoils system” era when civil...

Feds Are Enthusiastic About New Higher Ed Benefit

May 8, 2015 A new program that offers federal employees heavily-discounted tuition rates to pursue college degrees online is proving pretty popular only a few weeks after its launch. Champlain College, which announced its partnership with the Office of Personnel Management in late April, has received approximately 300 applications from federal employees interested...

Defense Panel’s Military Compensation Reforms Aren’t Bold Enough, Say Former Service Members

May 7, 2015 An independent panel’s recommendations to reform military compensation and retirement don’t go far enough, according to defense experts who have served in the military and in government. The 15 recommendations from the congressionally-mandated Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission include restructuring the military retirement benefits system, moving family members and...

Lawmakers Target Government’s Bad Apples, Obama Praises Its Good Eggs, and More

May 6, 2015 Lawmakers (and the media) have been overly fond of the phrase “bad apples” when describing the culprits behind serious problems that continue to surface at the Veterans Affairs Department. There have been several bills introduced in this Congress aimed at rooting out those bad apples and enforcing accountability at the...

Reimagining Government

May 6, 2015 If you stand on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington and look north across the Tidal Basin, you won’t see Alexander Hamilton’s statue in front of the Treasury Department. You’ll feel his presence as strongly as that of the marble man behind you though. The two pioneers of...

OPM to Agencies: You Decide Whether Or Not a Conference is Legit

May 5, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management has stopped its long-time practice of reviewing individual agency conferences to decide whether they qualify as employee training under the regulations. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said in a May 1 memorandum to the government’s chief human capital officers that OPM would discontinue issuing such guidance...

Finalists for 2015 Service to America Medals Announced

May 3, 2015 Thirty federal employees are finalists for the 2015 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, known as the Oscars of government. “The finalists’ achievements include creating new treatments for cancer and sickle cell disease, instituting lifesaving fire safety improvements for commercial airliners, developing a geographically targeted cellphone alert system to...

Bill Bans Bonuses for VA Senior Executives

May 1, 2015 This story has been updated. Senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department would not receive bonuses in fiscal 2016 under a major spending bill the House passed on Thursday. An amendment added to the fiscal 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill prohibits the department from using any funds...

Panel Reverses Pentagon Cuts to Some Travel Per Diems

April 30, 2015 A House panel on Wednesday approved legislation that would repeal cuts to per diems for service members and Defense civilian employees on long-term government travel. The fiscal 2016 Defense authorization bill included an amendment scrapping a six-month-old Pentagon policy that resulted in lower reimbursement rates for lodging, meals and other...