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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House Votes to Ban Bonuses For Some Federal Senior Executives

May 19, 2016 Senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department would not receive bonuses in fiscal 2017 under a major spending bill the House passed on Thursday. The fiscal 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations measure includes a provision that prohibits the department from using any funds in the legislation for senior...

House Backs a Bigger Pay Raise for Troops Than the Senate

May 19, 2016 Military personnel would receive a 2.1 percent pay raise next year under a major bill the House passed on Wednesday. Lawmakers approved the massive fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes the salary boost. The 2.1 percent bump is 0.5 percentage points higher than the 1.6 percent raise President...

VA Secretary Moves Closer to Obtaining Broad Authority to Recoup Employees’ Relocation Benefits

May 18, 2016 The Veterans Affairs Department secretary would be able to recoup relocation expenses from employees under a bill approved on Wednesday by a House committee. H.R. 4138, which now heads to the House floor, would give the VA secretary broad authority to claw back all, or a portion of, moving costs...

2.1 Percent Troop Pay Raise Moves Ahead in House

May 17, 2016 House appropriators on Tuesday approved a 2.1 percent pay raise for troops next year. The House Appropriations Committee reported out the fiscal 2017 Defense spending bill, which includes the pay boost. The 2.1 percent increase is 0.5 percentage points higher than the 1.6 percent raise President Obama recommended for the...

For Once, A Good News Story About the Homeland Security Department

May 16, 2016 Thirteen Homeland Security employees who helped save people from fires, car crashes, and drowning received the department’s highest award for acts of valor. The employees, stationed across the United States and in Senegal, are from four of Homeland Security’s agencies: Citizenship and Immigration Services; the Coast Guard; Immigration and Customs...

Senate Bill Would Allow Services to Restore Full Per Diem Rates for Defense Travelers

May 13, 2016 Service members and Defense civilian employees on extended government travel moved closer on Thursday to getting relief from a controversial 2014 department policy that reduced their per diem rates. The individual military services would have the authority to pay the full per diem available for long-term government travel for Defense...

Military Pay Raise, TRICARE Reform Bill Advances in Senate

May 13, 2016 Major legislation that provides troops with a 1.6 percent pay raise next year and overhauls the military’s health care system now heads to the Senate floor. The full Senate Armed Services Committee approved the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday, ahead of schedule. The $602 billion bill includes...

Senate Panel Approves Major VA Accountability Bill

May 12, 2016 This story has been updated with the outcome of the markup. The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee on Thursday afternoon unanimously approved a major legislative package that affects how the Veterans Affairs Department hires, fires, pays and manages its workforce of more than 300,000 employees. Panel members reported out the nearly...

Law Enforcement Employees Don’t Trust Agencies To Heed Input On Improving Federal Workplace

May 11, 2016 Many federal law enforcement officials don’t believe their agencies use the feedback they receive from the annual employee viewpoint survey to improve the workplace, according to a new analysis. Eight of 12 federal law enforcement agencies reported scores lower than in the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey when asked whether...

Federal Cops Can Pack Heat On Furlough Under House-Passed Bill

May 11, 2016 Federal law enforcement officers would be allowed to carry their service weapon during a government shutdown or other circumstances causing furloughs, under a bill the House just passed. Lawmakers on Tuesday approved the 2015 Federal Law Enforcement Self-Defense and Protection Act, which was prompted by the October 2013 government shutdown...

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