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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Senate Bill Would Allow Services to Restore Full Per Diem Rates for Defense Travelers

May 13, 2016 Service members and Defense civilian employees on extended government travel moved closer on Thursday to getting relief from a controversial 2014 department policy that reduced their per diem rates. The individual military services would have the authority to pay the full per diem available for long-term government travel for Defense...

Military Pay Raise, TRICARE Reform Bill Advances in Senate

May 13, 2016 Major legislation that provides troops with a 1.6 percent pay raise next year and overhauls the military’s health care system now heads to the Senate floor. The full Senate Armed Services Committee approved the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday, ahead of schedule. The $602 billion bill includes...

Senate Panel Approves Major VA Accountability Bill

May 12, 2016 This story has been updated with the outcome of the markup. The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee on Thursday afternoon unanimously approved a major legislative package that affects how the Veterans Affairs Department hires, fires, pays and manages its workforce of more than 300,000 employees. Panel members reported out the nearly...

Law Enforcement Employees Don’t Trust Agencies To Heed Input On Improving Federal Workplace

May 11, 2016 Many federal law enforcement officials don’t believe their agencies use the feedback they receive from the annual employee viewpoint survey to improve the workplace, according to a new analysis. Eight of 12 federal law enforcement agencies reported scores lower than in the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey when asked whether...

Federal Cops Can Pack Heat On Furlough Under House-Passed Bill

May 11, 2016 Federal law enforcement officers would be allowed to carry their service weapon during a government shutdown or other circumstances causing furloughs, under a bill the House just passed. Lawmakers on Tuesday approved the 2015 Federal Law Enforcement Self-Defense and Protection Act, which was prompted by the October 2013 government shutdown...

Senate Panel Approves 1.6 Percent Pay Raise for Troops in 2017

May 10, 2016 Military personnel would receive a 1.6 percent pay raise next year under a Senate bill that lawmakers advanced on Tuesday -- 0.5 percent less than what they would get under the House version of the legislation. The pay provision is included in the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization bill, which...

Some NIH Facilities On Lockdown Because of Friday Shooting

May 6, 2016 Update: The police have suspect Eulalio Tordil, an employee of the Federal Protective Service, in custody, the Washington Post reported Friday afternoon. The National Institutes of Health on Friday placed some facilities in Montgomery County, Md., on lockdown because of an active gunman on the loose in the area. The...

No Tuition Hike in Fall For Feds Pursuing Online Higher Ed Benefit

May 6, 2016 Federal employees pursuing online degrees through a partnership with Champlain College will not see their tuition increase when the school switches to a different payment model in the fall. Starting in the 2016 fall semester, participants in the truEd program, will pay per credit rather than a monthly subscription, according...

Want to Be A White House Leadership Development Fellow?

May 5, 2016 Agencies have to nominate their top federal managers by June 6 for the second class of White House Leadership Development Program fellows, who start their year-long stint in October. The program, for GS-15s and the equivalent, gives emerging agency leaders poised for the Senior Executive Service an opportunity to spend...

Military Pay Raise, Federal Hiring, VA Firing and More

May 4, 2016 Military personnel would receive a 2.1 percent pay raise next year under a major House bill that lawmakers have advanced. The House Armed Services Committee approved last Thursday the massive fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes the salary boost. The 2.1 percent bump is 0.5 percentage points higher...

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