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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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House Panel Wants Answers on VA’s Use of Paid Administrative Leave, Union 'Hit List'

November 16, 2015 The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee is pressing the Veterans Affairs Department on the status of employees on paid administrative leave -- and what the department plans to do with a union report alleging egregious behavior by several supervisors. “Please provide a by-name list of every VA employee currently on administrative...

Study: Soldiers’ Kids More Vulnerable to Abuse During and Right After Deployment

November 13, 2015 Infants and toddlers of soldiers are at greater risk for abuse during deployment and in the six months after the service member returns home, according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia reviewed substantiated abuse reports and medical diagnoses...

New Defense Employees Will Be on Probation Longer

November 12, 2015 New hires at the Defense Department would have a longer probationary period under a bill President Obama is expected to sign into law soon. A provision in the fiscal 2016 Defense authorization bill extends to two years the time newly-hired employees at Defense are on probation; currently, most new federal...

Open Season, VA Bonuses, Vets’ Benefits, Military Pay, and More

November 11, 2015 It’s that time of year again: Federal employees and retirees can make changes to their health insurance coverage. Open Season for 2016 officially began on Nov. 9 and runs through Dec. 14. Feds and retirees can choose or switch plans under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, as well as...

Federal Managers Want to Know What Will Become of Union’s VA ‘Hit List’

November 11, 2015 Advocates for senior executives and federal managers want to know what the secretary of Veterans Affairs plans to do with a union report detailing the alleged bad behavior of several department supervisors. Citing a “growing concern on the status of labor-management relations at the VA,” the Senior Executives Association and...

Clinton: Hold VA Employees Accountable, But Respect Due Process

November 10, 2015 On the eve of Veterans Day, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pledged to hold employees at the Veterans Affairs Department accountable for their performance and conduct without sacrificing due process, if she becomes commander-in-chief. Clinton on Tuesday rolled out her plan to reform the VA and expand services and benefits...

Disabled Vets Hired as Feds Get Advance Sick Leave

November 9, 2015 Disabled veterans hired as federal employees now have access to their full year’s sick leave immediately upon starting their jobs. President Obama has signed into law the 2015 Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act, which gives 104 hours of sick leave up front to first-year feds who are vets with a...

VA Has Already Fired 400 More Employees This Year Than Last

November 6, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department has fired 400 more employees this year so far than in 2014, according to Secretary Bob McDonald. McDonald said VA has fired 1,500 employees this calendar year compared to 1,100 people last year – a 36 percent increase. The former head of Procter and Gamble added...

Veterans Group Slams Hillary Clinton in Ad

November 6, 2015 A conservative veterans group has launched ads in two battleground states criticizing Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton for appearing to downplay the wait times and data manipulation scandal at the Veterans Affairs Department. The 30-second ad, sponsored by Concerned Veterans for America, highlights various news headlines about mismanagement at the...

House Approves Troop Pay and Benefits Bill – Again

November 5, 2015 The House on Thursday passed a new version of the fiscal 2016 Defense authorization bill that includes a 1.3 percent pay raise for service members and a major overhaul of the military retirement system. The legislation, which also includes money for basic housing allowances and other provisions affecting troops’ finances,...