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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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Where to Find the Government’s Happiest Employees

October 24, 2014 Federal employees overall are about as happy with their jobs and agencies as they were last year, according to the 2014 governmentwide survey assessing everything from trust in senior leadership (down) to satisfaction with pay (up). Morale isn’t exactly off the charts in many agencies. But things could be worse, ...

Vets Have Less Faith in Merit-Based Federal Promotions Than Their Peers

October 24, 2014 Veterans working in the federal government have even less faith than their non-veteran peers that job promotions in their office are based on merit, according to the results of a new governmentwide survey on employee satisfaction and engagement. Twenty-nine percent of veterans who responded to the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint ...

IG: Secret Service Showed ‘Serious Lapse in Judgment’ in Operation Moonshine

October 23, 2014 The Secret Service showed “a serious lapse in judgment” when it diverted agents and government resources to monitor an employee’s neighborhood dispute in 2011, according to the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general. Eight agents who were part of the agency’s team tasked with responding to suspicious people and situations near ...

Group Hopes to Raise More Than $200K for Grieving Military Families

October 22, 2014 Christmas comes in October now for Marie Campbell. Specifically, the date the annual Marine Corps Marathon happens to fall on. This year, it’s Sunday, Oct. 26. Campbell first ran the 26.2 mile race in 2000 to honor her husband, Air Force Sgt. Dee “Soup” Campbell, who was killed in the ...

Military Retirees Will Receive a 1.7 Percent COLA for 2015

October 22, 2014 Federal retirees will receive a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment in 2015, according to new figures released Wednesday morning. The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers went up 0.1 percent in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced. That statistic was the last piece of the puzzle ...

CDC To Award $1.8 Million to Fight Ebola

October 21, 2014 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will begin awarding a $1.8 million grant next week to a nonprofit network of public health training institutions in Africa to help combat the Ebola outbreak there. Congress appropriated the funding in the fiscal 2015 continuing resolution that lawmakers passed in September before ...

Pentagon Delays Until April Changes to Autism Coverage for Military Kids

October 21, 2014 The Defense Department has delayed until April cuts to the reimbursement rates for autism benefits under TRICARE because of complaints from many military families. The department planned as of Oct. 20 to decrease by 46 percent reimbursement rates for applied behavior analysts who provide one-on-one therapy for children with some ...

Overall Morale at VA Dips, Along With Faith in Leaders

October 20, 2014 Employees at the Veterans Affairs Department are less enchanted with their job and agency this year than they were in 2013. Sixty-four percent of VA respondents to the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint survey reported being content with their job overall, down from 66 percent last year. Satisfaction with the department ...

Public-Private Sector Pay Gap Remains at 35 Percent

October 17, 2014 Federal employees on average now earn 35.2 percent less their private-sector peers, according to the latest data analyzed by the Federal Salary Council. The council released its report on Friday, showing the pay gap -- which has widened over the last several years -- is about the same as last ...

Temp Feds Will Have Access to Health Care Coverage Starting in January

October 17, 2014 The new policy offering temporary and seasonal federal workers access to health insurance goes into effect on Nov. 17. The Office of Personnel Management on Friday issued the final rule on regulations that expand the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to previously ineligible workers. Employees who are scheduled to work ...