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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OPM Tells Agencies to Submit Annual Special Pay Rate Requests

August 5, 2016 Federal agencies have until Oct. 14 to submit documentation requesting special pay rates for hard-to-fill jobs in 2017, according to a new memorandum from the Office of Personnel Management. Agencies that aren’t asking for an increase, decrease or elimination of existing special rates for certain occupations and plan to just...

Civilians in Iraq Receive Higher Premium Pay Through 2016

August 4, 2016 Civilian federal employees working on stabilization efforts in Iraq are eligible to receive higher premium pay through the end of 2016, according to new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM’s Aug. 1 memorandum -- released after a May directive from President Obama extended the national emergency in Iraq...

New Leave Benefit for Eligible Disabled Vets Takes Effect in November

August 4, 2016 This story has been updated. The Office of Personnel Management on Friday will publish the final rule implementing a law that gives new federal employees who are disabled veterans the equivalent of a full year’s sick leave up front to go to their medical appointments. The 2015 Wounded Warriors Federal...

Watchdog: Some FHA-Approved Homes in Flint Had Unsafe Water

August 3, 2016 The Housing and Urban Development Department did not properly oversee water testing of Flint, Mich., homes approved for federal mortgage insurance -- and some of those properties subsequently showed unsafe levels of lead and copper in the water, according to a newly released report. The department’s inspector general reviewed 17...

New Law Imposes Income Cap on Public Housing Residents

August 2, 2016 A new law imposes an income limit on public housing tenants and requires stronger oversight of residents’ financial assets and job earnings. If a public housing tenant’s income exceeds 120 percent of the area median income for two consecutive years, then the public housing authority must either evict the tenant,...

Families of Fallen Service Members Demand Apology From Trump

August 1, 2016 The families of twenty-three fallen service members are demanding an apology from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for his recent remarks about the parents of a Muslim-American Army captain killed in Iraq. Members of Gold Star Families, a group made up of people who have lost loved ones in battle,...

Obama Has Until Aug. 31 to Offer Alternate Pay Raise Plan

July 28, 2016 Federal employees will find out officially in a few weeks what their 2017 pay raise amounts to. The president has until Aug. 31 to formally announce his 2017 pay raise proposal for federal employees. He is expected to propose a 1.6 percent across-the-board pay hike for civilian federal employees –...

Military and Vets Groups Seek To Defend VA Firing Law in Court

July 27, 2016 Twelve military and veterans organizations want the opportunity to defend in court a law designed to make it easier to fire senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department. The groups, which include the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, have filed a brief with...

Congressional Committee Seeks Cop Killers' VA Medical Records

July 26, 2016 The head of a House committee wants the medical and benefits records of veterans Marine Gavin Eugene Long and Micah Xavier Johnson, who shot and killed police officers in Louisiana and Texas earlier this month. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., has asked the Veterans Affairs Department to...

Clinton Promises VA Reform Will Be a Top Priority If She’s Elected

July 25, 2016 Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Monday said that revamping the Veterans Affairs Department will be “one of my highest priorities” if she is elected in November. Clinton said she was “outraged” by scandals at the VA, during remarks at the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars...

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