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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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Replacing Military Personnel With Civilians in Support Jobs Could Save Government Billions

December 4, 2015 Replacing military personnel in Defense Department support jobs with civilian employees could eventually save the federal government billions annually, according to a new Congressional Budget Office analysis. Converting 80,000 full-time jobs held by active-duty service members to civilian positions could yield between $3.1 billion and $5.7 billion per year in...

Punishment for VA Senior Executives Delayed Because of ‘Administrative Error’

December 3, 2015 This story has been updated. An administrative error has forced the Veterans Affairs Department to rescind the punishment for two senior executives who were demoted after the department's watchdog found they used their positions of authority for personal gain, the VA said on Thursday. VA still plans to demote and...

Feds, Which Benefits Do You Love?

December 2, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management wants to know what federal employees think about their benefits. OPM will send a survey to a random sample of roughly 40,000 government workers next week “to measure the importance, adequacy and value of employee benefits” and to make sure those benefits are in sync...

Bill Would Allow VA To Recoup Relocation Benefits

December 1, 2015 A new House bill would allow the Veterans Affairs secretary to recoup relocation expenses from employees. The legislation would give the secretary broad authority to claw back all, or a portion of, moving costs paid to or on behalf of any department employee. The bill would be retroactive, meaning it...

Feds Petition President for Paid Holiday on Christmas Eve

December 1, 2015 It’s that time of year again: The time when federal employees beg the president to give them Christmas Eve off from work. Two petitions published in late November on the White House’s We the People website ask President Obama for a paid holiday on Dec. 24. Christmas Day falls on...

TSP Funds Mostly Positive in November

December 1, 2015 All but two of the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan posted positive returns in November, according to the latest numbers from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The F Fund (fixed income bonds) fell 0.24 percent last month, while international stocks decreased 0.86 percent. In October, the I Fund...

Disabled Veteran Leave Law Only Applies to New Title 5 Feds

November 25, 2015 The new law providing a full year’s sick leave up front to new federal employees who are disabled veterans only applies to those hired on, or after Nov. 5, 2016. The 2015 Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act gives 104 hours of sick leave up front to first-year feds who are...

Demoted VA Senior Executives Still Eligible For Relocation Benefits

November 23, 2015 This story has been updated. Two Veterans Affairs Department senior executives who were demoted and reassigned because they used their positions of authority for personal and financial gain are still eligible for relocation benefits for their new jobs, according to the VA. The department reassigned Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves...

Judge Says Fired VA Senior Executive Can Keep Her Bonus

November 20, 2015 The former senior executive at the center of the Veterans Affairs Department scandal over patient wait times can keep her bonus, a judge has ruled. The VA cannot recoup the $9,080 it gave Sharon Helman as a result of her fiscal 2013 performance review because the department failed to prove...

The Top 5 Most and Least Generous Agencies for Senior Executive Bonuses

November 19, 2015 Some federal agencies were more generous than others when it came to senior executive bonuses in fiscal 2014, according to the latest data from the Office of Personnel Management. The number of career senior executives receiving a bonus based on their job performance increased by 12.2 percentage points between fiscal...