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Kellie Lunney

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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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Hill Negotiators Ignore Obama and Give Troops Biggest Pay Raise in 6 Years

November 30, 2016 Military service members would receive a 2.1 percent pay boost in 2017 under the fiscal 2017 Defense authorization bill finalized by lawmakers. The pay increase, which would be the biggest annual boost in six years, is more than the 1.6 percent increase President Obama had recommended. The Senate version of...

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Check Out Your 2017 Locality Pay Rate

November 29, 2016 The Obama administration on Tuesday released the adjustments to base salaries that employees in each of the country’s locality pay areas will receive in 2017, with the largest increases concentrated in major American cities. California’s Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, will see the largest increase next...

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House Panel To Examine Federal Long-Term Care Premium Hikes

November 29, 2016 A House panel on Wednesday afternoon will hold a hearing to discuss the huge premium spike that hit participants in the Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program on Nov. 1. The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, chaired by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., will hear testimony from the...

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White House Increases Bonus Spending Cap to 1.5 Percent For Federal Employees

November 23, 2016 Federal agencies will be able to give their employees slightly larger bonuses in fiscal 2017 after a six-year freeze on performance awards, according to new guidance from the Obama administration. The aggregate spending cap on agency performance and individual contribution awards for non-Senior Executive Service and non-senior level employees will...

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Trump Team Won’t Say Whether New Administration Will Cut or Close Any Federal Agencies

November 21, 2016 A spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump on Monday would not say whether the incoming administration had plans to cut or close any federal agencies. “There is plenty of time to talk about that after he is sworn in,” said Jason Miller, communications director for the Trump transition team, when asked...

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Vets Affected By Calif. National Guard Bonus Debacle Would Not Owe Government Under House Bill

November 18, 2016 Veterans who received improper reenlistment bonuses from the California National Guard would not have to pay the money back to the Defense Department under a new House bill. The legislation, supported by several House Republicans mostly from California, would ensure that those who served in the California National Guard and...

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Memo to Next Administration: Rely on and Respect the Government’s Senior Executives

November 17, 2016 The incoming Trump administration should consider placing top senior executives in jobs typically held by political appointees, and think about slashing the number of overall appointed positions, the association representing senior executives recommended on Thursday. The Senior Executives Association, which just published a new handbook designed to help political appointees...

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Congress Will Pursue Continuing Resolution to Keep Government Open Through March

November 17, 2016 Lawmakers will work during the lame-duck session to pass another short-term spending measure to keep the government open through March 31, 2017. House and Senate leadership have decided not to move ahead with any fiscal 2017 appropriations bills this year, instead opting to push through another continuing resolution at the...

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The 40 Toughest Management Jobs in Government

November 16, 2016 What do the deputy secretary of the Energy Department, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service all have in common? They are among the 40 toughest management jobs in the federal government, according to a bipartisan nonprofit group of former government...

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TRICARE Bid Protests Denied

November 15, 2016 This story has been updated with a comment from Wellpoint. The government’s watchdog has rejected nine bid protests filed this past summer by three companies over a lucrative Defense Department contract to deliver health care to service members, military retirees and their families. The Government Accountability Office on Nov. 9...