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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 Decides No Discipline Necessary For ‘Hit List’ Managers

December 23, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department does not plan to discipline any of the managers accused of egregious behavior by union officials in a controversial July report, according to a VA spokesperson. The department “found no outstanding allegation of wrongdoing warranting discipline against any of the identified managers,” the spokesperson said in...

2016 Federal Pay Tables Are Out

December 22, 2015 This story has been updated. Senior executives will earn between $1,219 and $1,800 more in 2016 than they did in 2015, according to the new SES pay table, effective in January. For members of the SES under a certified SES performance appraisal system, the maximum annual salary will increase to...

Feds Interested In Self-Plus-One Have Another Shot in February

December 22, 2015 Federal employees interested in switching to the new self-plus-one option in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will have another opportunity to do so early next year. The Office of Personnel Management will hold a “limited enrollment period” from Feb. 1 through Feb. 29 for those employees who missed Open...

Are Snow Days in Washington A Thing of the Past?

December 18, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management announced no changes for this winter to its policy on closing Washington-area federal agencies during bad weather. But OPM is encouraging federal employees and agencies to bone up on their options for working or taking leave during any emergency that hits the D.C. region over...

VA to Make It Easier For Camp Lejeune Vets to Get Disability Compensation

December 17, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department wants to make it easier for veterans who were exposed to contaminated water while serving at Camp Lejeune to obtain disability compensation. VA announced on Thursday it is working on final regulations that recognize eight medical conditions associated with service at the North Carolina Marine training...

Senate Says Federal Prison Guards Can Carry Pepper Spray

December 17, 2015 The Senate on Wednesday passed legislation that requires the Bureau of Prisons to provide pepper spray to employees in certain federal correctional facilities. The 2015 Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act makes permanent a pilot program that equips prison guards and other BOP employees in all but minimum-security prisons with...

More Senior Executives Win Top Honors in 2015

December 16, 2015 More senior executives received the government’s top award for excellence in civil service this year than in 2014, according to information released Tuesday by the Obama administration. The Office of Personnel Management listed thirty-eight top career officials from across government as 2015 Distinguished Executives, the highest honor within the annual...

TSP Board Starts to Tackle Military Retirement Reform

December 14, 2015 The agency that administers the Thrift Savings Plan doesn’t anticipate having to hire new staff to handle an influx of service members into the government’s 401(k)-style retirement benefit. But if it becomes necessary, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board will build it into its budget, said Kim Weaver, director of...

Lawmakers Move to Protect Feds In Case of Shutdown

December 11, 2015 Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are trying to ensure that federal employees who are furloughed during a government shutdown receive back pay. Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., and Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., are preparing legislation that would provide retroactive pay to all federal employees after...

Obama Likely to Speak to Senior Executives on Dec. 15

December 10, 2015 President Obama is expected to speak to members of the Senior Executive Service and other top leaders next Tuesday, updating them on efforts to reform the government’s elite cadre of career officials and honoring the best among them. The Dec. 15 address, billed by the White House as “Unlocking the...