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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Mandatory Coverage of Autism Treatment Could Affect FEHBP Premiums

March 31, 2016 It’s not yet clear how new mandatory coverage of a popular therapy for autistic kids will affect premiums next year in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, according to the Office of Personnel Management. “Carriers may or may not propose a premium increase to cover this benefit, depending upon their...

Washington Teleworks, Benefits Changes, Defense Hiring Freeze, and More

March 30, 2016 A two-day global nuclear security summit starts in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, promising commuting headaches, so the government is encouraging federal employees to telework. The event, which convenes leaders from 50 countries and four international organizations in downtown Washington on March 31 and April 1, will cause traffic congestion and...

Most Americans Disagree With Ted Cruz’s Proposal To Eliminate Several Federal Agencies

March 29, 2016 Americans like to grouse about the government, but that hasn’t translated into support for eliminating several federal agencies, according to a recent Gallup poll. Sixty-three percent of respondents to a March poll said they disagreed with a proposal from Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz to get rid of the departments...

HUD Seeks to Recoup Nearly $150,000 From Public Housing Authorities That Overpaid Executives

March 28, 2016 The Housing and Urban Development Department is seeking reimbursement of nearly $150,000 from six public housing authorities that violated a 2014 federal spending cap on their top officials’ compensation. Public housing authorities in California, New Jersey and New York exceeded the congressionally-mandated pay cap of $157,100 in fiscal 2014 on...

Clinton and Sanders Pledge To Protect Federal Employee Pay and Benefits

March 24, 2016 Federal employees should be fairly compensated and their benefits protected, according to the 2016 Democratic presidential candidates. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said as president that she would ensure feds are paid fairly through “appropriate pay raises” and would “oppose across-the-board arbitrary pay freezes, retirement cuts, or cuts to...

House Appropriators Approve VA Senior Executive Bonus Ban

March 23, 2016 Senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department would not receive bonuses in fiscal 2017 under a major House spending bill approved by an appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday. The fiscal 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations measure now heads to the full House Appropriations Committee, and includes a provision that...

VA Moves to Slash Pay, Suspend Senior Executives

March 23, 2016 The Veterans Affairs Department has recommended suspending one senior executive, and slashing the pay of two others for their roles in the VA’s use of relocation incentives and reassignments of top employees. VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson on Tuesday proposed a 15-day suspension for Danny Pummill, acting undersecretary for benefits,...

Bill Bans Bonuses for VA Senior Executives

March 22, 2016 Senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department would not receive bonuses in fiscal 2017 under a major House spending bill unveiled on Tuesday. A provision in the fiscal 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill prohibits the department from using any funds in the legislation for senior executives’ performance...

Bill Would Grant 12 Weeks of Paid Leave to All Military Parents

March 22, 2016 All service members would receive at least 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a new child under a bill introduced in the House. The Military Parental Leave Modernization Act would ensure that new dads receive 12 weeks of paid paternity leave, equal to the three months that female...

Which Ex-President Cost the Government the Most in Fiscal 2015?

March 21, 2016 Former President George W. Bush cost the government $1.098 million in pension money and other perks in fiscal 2015, racking up the highest tab of the four living ex-commanders-in-chief, according to a new report. The 43rd president received a pension (and related benefits) worth $214,000 in fiscal 2015, the General...

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