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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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Libertarians Want Answers From Vets Group Over Gary Johnson Diss

August 29, 2016 Libertarians want to know why a major veterans group didn’t invite their presidential candidate to appear at a Sept. 7 forum on national security and veterans issues alongside the Democratic and Republican nominees. “Perhaps you can provide details about why you’ve chosen to exclude from your forum only one of...

OPM Wants Agencies To Review Their Telework Data

August 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management wants federal agencies to take a closer look at their telework data to ensure greater accuracy when it comes to reporting the benefit’s use throughout government. OPM is asking agencies to work with human resources staff and telework managing officers to examine their telework reports...

OPM Wants Agencies To Review Their Telework Data

August 19, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management wants federal agencies to take a closer look at their telework data to ensure greater accuracy when it comes to reporting the benefit’s use throughout government. OPM is asking agencies to work with human resources staff and telework managing officers to examine their telework reports...

More Federal Agencies Reach Out to Louisiana Flood Victims

August 18, 2016 The Housing and Urban Development Department is expediting housing disaster relief aid to flood-ravaged Louisiana, including rebuilding grants, mortgage insurance for homeowners and assistance to low-income renters. “Families who may have been forced from their homes need to know that help is available to begin the rebuilding process,” said HUD...

Union: Rank-and-File Employees Deserve Bigger Bonuses Next Year, Too

August 18, 2016 A federal employee union says lifting the bonus cap for senior executives across government in fiscal 2017 without doing the same for other employees will lead to “significant morale issues” at agencies. The National Treasury Employees Union has asked the Obama administration, which is raising the aggregate spending cap on...

FEMA Could Put Some Louisiana Flood Victims in Temporary Trailers

August 17, 2016 This story has been updated with comment from the Postal Service. All housing options are on the table to help Louisiana residents displaced by August’s historic and deadly floods, including placing them in temporary trailers, according to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said...

The Very Best Senior Executives Can Get Bigger Bonuses Next Year

August 16, 2016 Agencies can reward top senior executives with more bonus money in fiscal 2017, and the Obama administration is reminding them to use that increased flexibility wisely. The aggregate spending cap on agency performance awards for those in the Senior Executive Service as well as other senior-level career positions will go...

VA Employees Will Display Their Creative Problem-Solving in Washington

August 12, 2016 Veterans Affairs Department employees from across the country on Monday will present their ideas for streamlining how the department operates and improving veterans’ experience with government during an all-day event in Washington. VA is billing the event as an “Innovation Demonstration Day” that provides employees with an opportunity to highlight...

As Wars Demand Intel, Air Force Boosts Drone Pilot Bonuses

August 12, 2016 Air Force pilots operating drones will be eligible soon for an annual $35,000 retention bonus -- $10,000 more than the current incentive. No later than Oct. 1, the service will pay the higher bonus to eligible airmen and women operating remotely piloted aircraft who choose to renew their active-duty service...

Air Force Will Offer Drone Pilots $35,000 Retention Bonuses

August 11, 2016 Air Force pilots operating drones will be eligible soon for an annual $35,000 retention bonus -- $10,000 more than the current incentive. No later than Oct. 1, the service will pay the higher bonus to eligible airmen operating remotely piloted aircraft who choose to renew their active-duty service commitment for...

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