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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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Federal Managers Want to Know What Will Become of Union’s VA ‘Hit List’

November 11, 2015 Advocates for senior executives and federal managers want to know what the secretary of Veterans Affairs plans to do with a union report detailing the alleged bad behavior of several department supervisors. Citing a “growing concern on the status of labor-management relations at the VA,” the Senior Executives Association and...

Clinton: Hold VA Employees Accountable, But Respect Due Process

November 10, 2015 On the eve of Veterans Day, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pledged to hold employees at the Veterans Affairs Department accountable for their performance and conduct without sacrificing due process, if she becomes commander-in-chief. Clinton on Tuesday rolled out her plan to reform the VA and expand services and benefits...

Disabled Vets Hired as Feds Get Advance Sick Leave

November 9, 2015 Disabled veterans hired as federal employees now have access to their full year’s sick leave immediately upon starting their jobs. President Obama has signed into law the 2015 Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act, which gives 104 hours of sick leave up front to first-year feds who are vets with a...

VA Has Already Fired 400 More Employees This Year Than Last

November 6, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department has fired 400 more employees this year so far than in 2014, according to Secretary Bob McDonald. McDonald said VA has fired 1,500 employees this calendar year compared to 1,100 people last year – a 36 percent increase. The former head of Procter and Gamble added...

Veterans Group Slams Hillary Clinton in Ad

November 6, 2015 A conservative veterans group has launched ads in two battleground states criticizing Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton for appearing to downplay the wait times and data manipulation scandal at the Veterans Affairs Department. The 30-second ad, sponsored by Concerned Veterans for America, highlights various news headlines about mismanagement at the...

House Approves Troop Pay and Benefits Bill – Again

November 5, 2015 The House on Thursday passed a new version of the fiscal 2016 Defense authorization bill that includes a 1.3 percent pay raise for service members and a major overhaul of the military retirement system. The legislation, which also includes money for basic housing allowances and other provisions affecting troops’ finances,...

Lawmaker: VA Isn’t the Only Agency That Can’t Fire Bad Employees Fast Enough

November 4, 2015 The sponsor of legislation that would make it easier to fire employees at the Veterans Affairs Department said on Wednesday he’d like to see those personnel reforms eventually extended to the rest of the federal government. It’s still too difficult to fire poor-performing and corrupt federal employees quickly, and it’s...

VA Official Says He Will Allow Senior Executives to Speak More Freely

November 3, 2015 Members of Congress long have been frustrated with what they perceive as the Veterans Affairs Department’s lack of transparency as well as foot-dragging when it comes to firing poor-performing and corrupt senior executives. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., subpoenaed five VA employees to testify at hearing Monday...

VA Moves to Punish Senior Executives

November 3, 2015 The fate of two senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department who used their positions of authority for personal and financial gain soon will be known. The VA has proposed punishment for Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves, notifying them of its decision on Oct. 31, said Danny Pummill, principal deputy...

TSP Rebounds in October

November 2, 2015 All of the funds in the Thrift Savings Plan were in the black last month, a major improvement from the TSP’s August and September returns. Common stocks and international stocks experienced the biggest increases, with the C Fund jumping 8.45 percent in October and the I Fund gaining 7.07 percent....