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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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VA Boosts Security After Texas Shooting

January 14, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department is seeking more contract security personnel at its El Paso, Texas, medical facility after a fatal shooting occurred there last week. VA awarded $440,006.80 to Shetler and Associates, a Phoenix, Ariz.-based government contractor, to provide 16 additional security guards from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday ...

VA Bonuses for Bad Employees Targeted Again

January 13, 2015 The secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department would have clear authority to order employees to repay bonuses underlegislation introduced Monday in the House. H.R. 280 would require notifying affected employees before they had to repay the money, and would give them an opportunity for a hearing conducted by the secretary. ...

VA Bonuses Targeted Again

January 13, 2015 The secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department would have clear authority to order employees to repay bonuses under legislation introduced Monday in the House. H.R. 280 would require notifying affected employees before they had to repay the money, and would give them an opportunity for a hearing conducted by the ...

Federal Retiree Sues Virginia for Tax Discrimination

January 12, 2015 A federal retiree is suing the commonwealth of Virginia, claiming the Old Dominion is unfairly taxing residents who receive government pensions under the old Civil Service Retirement System. Former NASA employee Karl Beisel has filed a lawsuit against the commonwealth’s Department of Taxation, alleging that Virginia’s tax exemption for the ...

Senior Exec Bonuses: Top Five Most Generous Agencies

January 9, 2015 Some federal agencies were more generous than others when it came to bonuses in fiscal 2013, according to the latest data from the Office of Personnel Management. The number of career senior executives receiving a bonus based on their job performance decreased by 12.9 percent between fiscal years 2012 and ...

Fewer Senior Execs Got Bonuses in Fiscal 2013

January 8, 2015 Fewer senior executives across the federal government got bonuses in fiscal 2013 than in fiscal 2012, and the ones who did received slightly smaller awards on average, according to the latest data from the Office of Personnel Management. The number of career senior executives receiving a bonus based on their ...

House Passes Bill To Increase Jobs for Veterans

January 8, 2015 The House unanimously passed legislation Tuesday that would exempt veterans with government-subsidized health care from being counted in the number of employees for whom employers must provide health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The Hire More Heroes Act (H.R. 22) is aimed at giving small businesses some breathing room ...

House Passes Bill To Increase Jobs for Vets

January 8, 2015 The House unanimously passed legislation Tuesday that would exempt veterans with government-subsidized health care from being counted in the number of employees for whom employers must provide health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The Hire More Heroes Act (H.R. 22) is aimed at giving small businesses some breathing room ...

OPM Seeks Health Plan Auto-Enrollment for Certain Feds

January 7, 2015 A proposed rule would ensure that certain federal employees don’t experience a gap in health care coverage if they fail to choose a new plan within a specific time frame. The Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday published a draft regulation that would require agencies to automatically enroll employees and ...

Retirement Claims Backlog is Down Now, But It’s About to Spike

January 6, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management reduced its backlog of retirement applications by 2,370 claims in December, the most it has processed in a single month since March 2014. The backlog, which has plagued the agency for decades, is now at 11,669 retirement claims. It’s about to get worse, though: OPM ...