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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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Another Try at Curbing VA Bonuses Advances in the House

April 17, 2015 A House subcommittee on Thursday approved legislation that would cap the number of Senior Executive Service members eligible for bonuses, and would give the VA secretary the power to strip pension benefits from department senior executives who are convicted of a crime that influenced their job performance. The 2015 Increasing...

Panel Approves Bill Allowing VA Secretary to Claw Back Pension Benefits From Misbehaving Feds

April 16, 2015 A House subcommittee on Thursday approved legislation that would cap the number of Senior Executive Service members eligible for bonuses, and would give the VA secretary the power to strip pension benefits from department senior executives who are convicted of a crime that influenced their job performance. The 2015 Increasing...

Women Senior Execs Dominate at HHS

April 14, 2015 This is the second in a series of stories about the demographics of the Senior Executive Service. The Health and Human Services Department is the only major Cabinet-level agency that boasts more female than male senior executives, according to the latest numbers from the Office of Personnel Management. Of the...

TSA Reinstates Fired Pregnant Worker

April 13, 2015 The Transportation Security Administration has reinstated a pregnant employee who was fired in February, according to the union representing the worker. An internal review board at TSA overturned the agency’s decision to terminate Amanda Kincannon, a transportation security officer in Detroit, concluding that TSA violated her due process rights by...

Are Low-Wage Federal Contract Workers Getting Ripped Off?

April 9, 2015 This story has been updated. An advocacy group for low-wage federal contract workers is alleging that some contractors are breaking the law by not paying their employees enough. Good Jobs Nation has filed a complaint with the Labor Department on behalf of 65 federal contract workers, including janitors, bus drivers...

How VA Is Trying to Rewrite the Story on Caring for Vets

April 9, 2015 Every government agency deals regularly with bad press. But the public relations nightmare that exploded after long-standing management problems at the Veterans Affairs Department finally got Washington’s attention is in a league of its own. Veterans waiting months for medical appointments, employees falsifying data records, and an outbreak of Legionnaires’...

Executive Order Protecting LGBT Contract Workers Takes Effect

April 8, 2015 President Obama’s executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against applicants and employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity officially took effect on Wednesday. The order, which expands on an executive order issued by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965 that prohibited federal contractors from discriminating against any employee...

Widespread Power Outages Send Some Washington-Area Feds Home

April 7, 2015 This story has been updated. The Office of Personnel Management sent home the agency’s non-essential employees on Tuesday afternoon because of an unexpected power outage that hit the Washington, D.C., region. OPM’s headquarters at the Theodore Roosevelt federal building in Washington lost power as did several other agencies in the...

Retirement Claims Backlog Dips in March

April 7, 2015 The retirement claims backlog fell 14 percent between February and March, and the Office of Personnel Management is processing applications a bit faster, according to the latest agency data. The backlog, which hit an 18-month high of 24,014 claims in February, dropped to 20,594 claims in March. OPM reported that...

Congress Doesn’t Have Appetite For Messing with the G Fund, Senator Says

April 6, 2015 A House proposal to limit the rate of return on the Thrift Savings Plan’s government securities fund to help reduce the deficit is unlikely to become reality, according to one Democratic senator. “I think we are going to be very reluctant to fool around with the Thrift Savings option,” said...