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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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House Passes Troop Pay Raise, Rejects TRICARE Reform and BRAC

May 22, 2014 The House passed legislation Thursday that tacitly approves a 1.8 percent pay raise for military service members next year, and includes a number of other pay, benefits and workforce provisions. The chamber approved the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 325-98 before the start of the ...

House OKs 1.8 Percent Pay Raise for Troops, Officer Pay Freeze

May 22, 2014 The House passed legislation Thursday that tacitly approves a 1.8 percent pay raise for military service members next year, and includes a number of other pay, benefits and workforce provisions. The chamber approved the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 325-98 before the start of the ...

House Passes 'Politicizing' Bill To Help Fire VA Executives

May 21, 2014 The House on Wednesday passed legislation that makes it easier for the head of the Veterans Affairs Department to fire and demote senior executives, in response to a growing scandal over allegations that VA employees falsified documents related to patient care. The 2014 VA Management Accountability Act (H.R. 4031) would ...

House Passes Bill to Fire VA Senior Execs

May 21, 2014 This story has been updated. The House on Wednesday passed legislation that makes it easier for the head of the Veterans Affairs Department to fire and demote senior executives, in response to a growing scandal over allegations that VA employees falsified documents related to patient care. The 2014 VA Management ...

The 10 Public Housing Authority Officials Paid the Most from Federal Coffers

May 20, 2014 The Housing and Urban Development Department reported on May 16 that 100 percent of public housing authorities complied with a congressionally-mandated executive salary cap in 2013. PHAs -- which are state and locally-run entities that receive a significant amount of federal funding -- were prohibited in fiscal years 2012 and ...

Some Public Housing Authorities Exploit Pay Cap Through Bonuses

May 20, 2014 Public housing authorities complied with an executive salary cap in 2013, according to new data, but some top officials still earned more than $155,500 last year in total compensation because of a loophole in the law. Sixteen top executives at the country’s nearly 4,000 PHAs earned more in federally-funded total ...

House to Vote on 1.8 Percent Military Pay Hike This Week

May 19, 2014 The House this week will vote on legislation that tacitly approves a 1.8 percent pay raise for service members next year. The chamber takes up the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act beginning Tuesday, with a final vote expected on Thursday before the start of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. ...

House Will Vote This Week on 1.8 Percent Military Pay Raise

May 19, 2014 The House this week will vote on legislation that tacitly approves a 1.8 percent pay raise for service members next year. The chamber takes up the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act beginning Tuesday, with a final vote expected on Thursday before the start of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. ...

House to Vote on Firing VA Senior Execs

May 16, 2014 The House will vote on legislation soon that seemingly would make it easier for the secretary of Veterans Affairs to fire or demote senior executives. The chamber will go back into session the week of May 19, when it is scheduled to consider the bill. The vote comes just after ...

EEOC Wants Ideas on How to Improve Federal Hiring of Disabled People

May 15, 2014 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is seeking public feedback on how to help the government do a better job of hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities. EEOC regulations offer a “detailed explanation” of the standards determining whether an agency has violated the law that governs federal employment of individuals with ...