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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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Public servants honored next week

April 26, 2010 The annual week-long celebration honoring public servants kicks off next Monday. Public Service Recognition Week runs from May 3 to May 9, and six top Obama administration officials will serve as honorary co-chairs of the festivities: Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Administrator Martha Johnson of the General Services Administration, Health and ...

Transition from Bush to Obama is most successful yet, observers say

April 22, 2010 A Thursday congressional hearing on presidential transition planning featured one of Washington's rarest sightings: genuine bipartisanship. Top Democratic and Republican officials from previous administrations praised one another, as well as career employees, for the relatively smooth management of the past two changeovers during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs ...

Poll: Trust in government nose dives

April 19, 2010 Less than one-quarter of Americans have faith in government, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. Only 22 percent of respondents reported trusting the government in Washington, with 74 percent of the more than 2,500 participants citing poor performance as a top complaint. In March and April, ...

Many U.S. embassies lack additional layer of visa security

January 11, 2010 The expansion of a seven-year-old federal program designed to tighten the visa application process at U.S. embassies is moving too slowly, said a Republican lawmaker in a Jan. 11 letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, blamed "objections and roadblocks from the State Department" for the ...

Obama issues order implementing 2010 pay raise

December 23, 2009 President Obama on Wednesday evening issued an executive order implementing a 2.0 pay raise for federal employees and a 3.4 percent pay raise for service members in 2010. The executive order reflects the pay rates included in the fiscal 2010 omnibus spending package and Defense Appropriations Act approved this month ...

Bill would require agencies to recognize security clearances governmentwide

December 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bipartisan bill introduced on Thursday directs agencies to ensure that approved security clearances for federal employees and contractors apply governmentwide. The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, and George Voinovich, R-Ohio, amends the portion of the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act that deals with the security ...

Bill would require agencies to recognize security clearances governmentwide

December 3, 2009 A bipartisan bill introduced on Thursday directs agencies to ensure that approved security clearances for federal employees and contractors apply governmentwide. The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, and George Voinovich, R-Ohio, amends the portion of the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act that deals with the security ...

Special Report: Balancing Act

October 19, 2009 The innovations of modern life have provided unprecedented flexibility to the 21st century workforce. But progress brings its own set of challenges. Sophisticated technology has allowed more employees to work remotely, but its ubiquity also makes it tougher to draw a distinct line between work and life outside of work. ...

MSPB says vet’s case against federal internship program has legal merit

August 19, 2009 The Merit Systems Protection Board has ruled that a disabled veteran can legally challenge the government's career internship program, reversing a 2008 decision by an administrative judge. The ruling deals another blow to the Federal Career Intern Program, created by a 2000 executive order as a special hiring authority for ...

House sounds death knell for Pentagon pay-for-performance system

June 25, 2009 The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed the fiscal 2010 Defense authorization bill containing an amendment that guts the Pentagon's controversial pay-for-performance system. The provision, passed last week by the House Armed Services Committee, requires the Pentagon to demonstrate whether its National Security Personnel System can be reformed or prepare to ...