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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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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 ...

Some Presidential Management Fellows Find Their Agencies and Managers Lacking

October 16, 2014 For some presidential management fellows, their two-year stint working for Uncle Sam isn’t quite living up to their expectations, according to a new survey. While the prestigious and competitive program still remains overwhelmingly popular -- 80 percent of respondents to the survey conducted by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service ...

Some Defense Travelers Will Have Their Per Diem Rates Cut

October 15, 2014 The Defense Department is reducing per diem allowances for employees on extended travel to save money, but several lawmakers and at least one union aren’t happy about it. The department has proposed that beginning Nov. 1, employees on government travel to one location for more than 30 days receive a ...

Defense Civilians Are Losing Faith in Senior Management

October 14, 2014 Defense Department civilian employees are losing faith in their senior leaders, according to new data released by the department. Fifty-three percent of Defense workers who responded to the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey agreed that their organization’s top leaders “maintain high standards of honesty and integrity,” compared to 56 percent ...

Union Urges Protection for Federal Workers at Possible Risk for Ebola Exposure

October 10, 2014 A federal employee union is urging agencies to “take all necessary measures” to protect government employees working at the country’s ports of entry from possible exposure to the Ebola virus. American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox Sr. said union members at agencies including the Transportation Security Administration ...

Feds Should Keep an Eye on the Race to Replace Darrell Issa

October 9, 2014 Federal employees following the mid-term congressional races should tune into another contest that could more directly affect their pay and jobs: The campaign to become the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Current Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is at the end of his term-limited six-year tenure ...

Millennials' Romance With Government is Short-Lived

October 8, 2014 Millennials working for the federal government enjoy their jobs, but aren’t staying in them very long, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. Those born after 1980 make up 16 percent of the current federal workforce, and 86 percent of Millennial respondents in the upcoming 2014 ...

The Time Feds Spend on Union Biz Inches Up

October 7, 2014 This story has been updated. Federal employees spent slightly more time at work on union activities in fiscal 2012 than they did in fiscal 2011, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. The overall increase – 1.3 percent – was negligible: Feds spent 3.43 million hours ...