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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 Secretary Says He’s Moving as Fast as Possible to Remove Bad Apples

November 6, 2014 VA Secretary Bob McDonald on Thursday defended his commitment to holding employees accountable and firing them when necessary and according to the law. Responding to criticism that the department has been too slow to sack top leaders involved in falsifying patient care documents and other controversies, McDonald said the VA ...

Employees Can Start Applying For Phased Retirement Thursday – In Theory

November 5, 2014 This story has been updated. Has your agency weighed in yet on phased retirement? Contact klunney@govexec.com if you’ve heard from your supervisors, senior leadership or HR office about offering phased retirement to eligible employees. Eligible federal employees theoretically can start applying for phased retirement on Thursday. But it’s unclear whether ...

DOD Civilians Can Opt Out of the Ebola Quarantine

November 4, 2014 Unlike military service members, Defense civilian employees fighting Ebola abroad can opt out of a 21-day quarantine when they leave West Africa, according to new guidance from the Pentagon. Defense civilian workers deployed to West Africa can choose one of two options upon their departure from Ebola-stricken countries, if they ...

Government Seeks Vets Interested in STEM Jobs

November 4, 2014 An interagency program that provides on-the-job training to veterans and helps them transition to federal careers will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics occupations in 2015. Vets to Feds, a result of President Obama’s 2009 executive order directing federal agencies to hire more veterans, is launching a new career ...

Defense Civilians Can Opt Out of Ebola Quarantine

November 3, 2014 Unlike military service members, Defense civilian employees fighting Ebola abroad can opt out of a 21-day quarantine when they leave West Africa, according to new guidance from the Pentagon. Defense civilian workers deployed to West Africa can choose one of two options upon their departure from Ebola-stricken countries, if they ...

Troops, Defense Employees Will Have Less Money for Extended Travel Starting Nov. 1

October 31, 2014 Service members as well as Defense Department civilians on long-term government travel will receive smaller per diems starting Nov. 1, the Pentagon confirmed. Troops on long-term TDY (temporary duty) are subject to the same lower reimbursement rates for lodging, meals and other expenses as their civilian colleagues under a new ...

CDC to Award More Money to Fight Ebola

October 30, 2014 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will award multiple grants totaling about $10 million beginning in December to help fight Ebola in West Africa. The money, appropriated by Congress in the fiscal 2015 continuing resolution passed in September, will go to “select Ministries of Health and their bona fide ...

House, Senate Wrestle Over Troop Pay Increase

October 30, 2014 Lawmakers have a lot of work to do when they return to Washington Nov. 12 after the mid-term elections, including deciding how big of a pay raise to give military service members next year. The House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2015 Defense authorization bill differ on the amount ...

Pay Raise for Troops Still Up in the Air

October 29, 2014 Lawmakers have a lot of work to do when they return to Washington Nov. 12 after the mid-term elections, including deciding how big of a pay raise to give military service members next year. The House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2015 Defense authorization bill differ on the amount ...

TSP Enrollees Can Contribute $500 More Next Year

October 28, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service has increased the cap on annual individual contributions to employer-sponsored retirement savings plans, including the Thrift Savings Plan, to $18,000 for 2015. The increase, which tracks changes in the cost-of-living index, is the first since 2013, when the cap rose to $17,500 from $17,000. The limit ...