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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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EPA Watchdog Dings Itself For Not Always Vetting Job Applicants' Credentials

February 6, 2015 The Environmental Protection Agency’s watchdog doesn’t require its managers to verify a job candidate’s employment history or references, which could lead to bad hires, according to a new report. While guidance exists advising human resources staff and hiring managers within EPA’s Office of Inspector General to check applicants’ references and ...

Wanted: More Docs and Nurses at VA

February 5, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department has the most difficulty recruiting and retaining doctors, nurses and psychologists compared to other jobs within the VA, according to a new inspector general report. VA’s “largest staffing shortages” were in five occupations: medical officer, nurse, physician assistant, physician therapist and psychologist, the watchdog’s analysis found. ...

Government’s Publisher Cuts Staff by 5 Percent Through Buyouts

February 4, 2015 The Government Publishing Office reduced its workforce by 5 percent by offering employees buyouts between October and December 2014, the agency announced Wednesday. A total of 103 employees took the buyout offered during the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the agency reported, achieving GPO’s goal of a 5 percent workforce ...

Senior Executive Service Is Meant to Be Mobile, Lawmaker Says

February 3, 2015 The head of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Tuesday defended his legislative proposal to reassign VA senior executives to new posts every five years and limit the number of bonuses the department gives out annually. “Number one, when SES was first stood up, the whole idea was that people ...

Obama Budget Pushes Paid Parental Leave, Phased Retirement

February 2, 2015 President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget supports increasing flexibility for civilian federal workers through benefits like paid parental leave and phased retirement, in addition to a 1.3 percent pay raise for next year. The budget document reiterated the Obama administration’s proposal to offer federal workers paid leave to care for the ...

TSP Investments Have Lackluster January

February 2, 2015 The Thrift Savings Plan got off to a rocky start in 2015, with several funds in the red, according to the latest data from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The C Fund, invested in common stocks, fell 2.99 percent in January, while the S Fund, invested in small and ...

Senators Push Bill to Limit Number of VA Senior Execs Receiving Bonuses

January 30, 2015 Republican senators have introduced companion legislation to a House bill that would limit the number of senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department who are eligible for bonuses and reform the performance review process. The 2015 Increasing VA Accountability to Veterans Act would allow no more than 30 percent of ...

Panel Recommends Scrapping Current Military Pension System

January 29, 2015 The generous pension system in place for military retirees with at least 20 years of service would be dismantled, in addition to several other compensation changes proposed by a nine-member panel that has studied the issue for the last year and a half. The highly-anticipated recommendations from the congressionally-mandated Military ...

Lawmakers Seek Tighter Restrictions on VA Executives' Bonus Pay

January 28, 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 ...

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 ...