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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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Two Pay and Benefits Bills for Disabled Vets to Watch

September 17, 2014 Congress has been working on some important legislation recently that will benefit the country’s service-disabled veterans. The 2014 Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act (S. 2258) now heads to President Obama for his signature, after the House passed the bill on Tuesday. The legislation increases the COLA for vets’ disability benefits ...

VA Will Increase Pay for New Docs, Dentists

September 17, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department wants to increase the annual salaries of new physicians and dentists by up to $35,000 as part of a nationwide recruitment effort to hire more doctors and improve veterans’ access to care. The change, which the department announced Wednesday, would update existing pay tables for several ...

House Approves Bill To Make It Easier to Fire Senior Executives

September 16, 2014 The House on Tuesday passed legislation that would make it easier to discipline and fire senior executives across the federal government. The Senior Executive Service Accountability Act (H.R. 5169) would make the federal government’s top career officials eligible for one- to 14-day suspensions without pay, and expand the criteria that ...

House Set to Vote on Bill Making It Easier to Fire Senior Execs

September 16, 2014 This story has been updated. The House will vote Tuesday evening on legislation that would make it easier to discipline and fire senior executives across the federal government. The Senior Executive Service Accountability Act (H.R. 5169) would make the federal government’s top career officials eligible for one- to 14-day suspensions ...

Proposed Rule Prohibits Federal Contractors From Firing Employees Who Discuss Pay

September 15, 2014 Federal contractors would have to inform their employees of their right to openly discuss pay in the workplace without fear of retaliation under new proposed rules from the Labor Department. Firms that do business with the federal government would have to incorporate the new non-discrimination language in their existing employee ...

DOD Will Reconsider Thousands of Vietnam Vets’ Discharge Statuses

September 14, 2014 Thousands of Vietnam-era veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and denied service benefits because of their discharge status could now be entitled to those benefits under new Defense Department guidance. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed the military boards responsible for correcting or upgrading discharge status to give “liberal consideration” ...

New Guidance Aims to Help Vietnam-Era Vets Who Are Denied Benefits

September 12, 2014 Thousands of Vietnam-era veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and denied service benefits because of their discharge status could now be entitled to those benefits under new Defense Department guidance. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed the military boards responsible for correcting or upgrading discharge status to give “liberal consideration” ...

Homeland Security Outfits Homes for Ariz. Employees With Fancy Countertops, Walk-in Pantries

September 11, 2014 The Customs and Border Protection agency did not properly manage a project to build new housing for employees in Arizona, spending far more money than it needed to on land and high-end home amenities, according to a new watchdog report. CBP ignored recommendations from a housing study and instead paid ...

Feds Can Donate to More Charities, But Will They?

September 10, 2014 Federal employees now can donate to thousands more charities as part of the 2014 Combined Federal Campaign. The question is, will they? This year the Office of Personnel Management has launched the Universal Giving program, which allows feds to donate to more than 24,000 charities nationwide for the annual CFC ...

Crime Scene

September 9, 2014 Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyoming—“Not sure if you heard . . . We had an officer-involved shooting last night on the reservation.” Charles Addington from the Bureau of Indian Affairs sent that email message July 30 to a Washington reporter in town to write a story on recent federal efforts ...