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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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Panel Expected to Call For Major Changes to Military Retirement and Health Benefits

January 28, 2015 A two-year independent panel is recommending major changes to the pay and benefits of service members and military retirees, according to news reports. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is calling for a new retirement system for service members that combines smaller pensions with greater participation in the Thrift ...

Latest VA Bill Limits Number of Senior Execs Eligible for Bonuses

January 27, 2015 The number of senior executives at the Veteran Affairs Department eligible for bonuses would be capped, and all the VA’s top career leaders would have to switch jobs within the department at least once every five years under new legislation introduced in the House. In his latest bill aimed at ...

Senators Reintroduce Sick Leave Bill for Disabled Vets

January 27, 2015 Senators have reintroduced a bipartisan bill that would give disabled veterans hired as federal employees access to their full year’s sick leave immediately upon starting their jobs. The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act would give 104 hours of sick leave up front to first-year feds who are vets with a ...

VA Announces Major Department Realignment

January 27, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department is reorganizing its labyrinthine structure into a single, five-region national framework as part of a large-scale effort to improve services to veterans and reduce an entrenched bureaucracy responsible for mismanagement throughout the organization. The realignment would integrate the different geographical and organizational boundaries that exist across ...

VA Announces Major Department Realignment

January 26, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department is reorganizing its labyrinthine structure into a single, five-region national framework as part of a large-scale effort to improve services to veterans and reduce an entrenched bureaucracy responsible for mismanagement throughout the organization. The realignment would integrate the different geographical and organizational boundaries that exist across ...

Senators Reintroduce Sick Leave Bill for Disabled Vets

January 26, 2015 Senators have reintroduced a bipartisan bill that would give disabled veterans hired as federal employees access to their full year’s sick leave immediately upon starting their jobs. The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act would give 104 hours of sick leave up front to first-year feds who are vets with a ...

Hiring and Firing: Why Agencies Need To Do Better

January 21, 2015 The federal government is the largest employer in the world, with roughly 2 million civilian employees all over the globe. While nobody expects a seamless personnel operation on such a scale, the processes for hiring and firing employees are riddled with complex regulations and confusion over how to apply rules ...

Can't Hire, Can't Fire

January 21, 2015 Hiring USAJobs, the government’s online warehouse of job vacancies, is still difficult to navigate and lacks sophisticated search capabilities to help applicants find positions that meet their interests and qualifications. Recruiting and hiring tools, including veterans’ preference, Pathways, and the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows program, are innovative. But they’ve become ...

Air Force Doubles Bonus Pay for Drone Pilots

January 16, 2015 The Air Force is significantly increasing the monthly incentive pay for drone pilots to help combat the stressful job’s high turnover rate, according to the department. Secretary Deborah Lee James on Thursday authorized the bump in incentive pay to $1,500 per month -- more than double the current monthly rate ...

Obama Proposes Paid Family Leave for Feds

January 15, 2015 This story has been updated. President Obama is directing agencies to advance federal employees up to six weeks of paid sick leave to care for a new child or ill family members. Obama on Thursday signed a presidential memorandum expanding the current unpaid family leave benefit – something feds and ...